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Site Name Aced Poker
Site URL http://www.aced.com
Software Merge Gaming Network
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Aced Poker is a skin on the recently established Merge network, where rooms such as Carbon and Walker Poker reside. Available to U.S. players, and boasting slick, attractive graphics, you can expect anything between 2500 and 5000 players online at peak times.

Bonus and Promotions

Aced Poker claims that its initial deposit bonus (100 % up to $500) ‘is one of the best and easiest to clear on the net’. This is a fabrication – it is modest. Full Tilt offers 100% up to $600, where as PKR provides the same up to $800. The Aced Poker bonus is paid in $5.00 increments, with $1 earned for every 50 VIP Points you accumulate. Say, for example, you deposited $100, you will automatically receive $5 every time you accumulate 250 VIP Points, and this will happen 20 times until the entire $100 bonus is released. The signup bonus is virtually identical on other Merge skins, with Carbon releasing the bonus in $10 increments. Psychologically this may feel better, as $5 is a pretty paltry amount. Aced also offers a 100% up to $200 reload bonus.

The primary bonus and reward scheme involves the accumulation of VIP points, which you receive for ring game rake contribution and tournament fees. These can be used in the extensive ‘Aced VIP Swagger’ system. There are four different swagger levels – silver, gold, platinum and black, accessible by 0, 5000, 10000 VIPs and invitation only, respectively. So the higher stakes and greater volume you play, the quicker you’ll scale the ladder. There are unique perks to each level, such as a full concierge service and juicier bonuses for ‘black’. Perks such as being able to exchange VIP points for guaranteed, monthly freerolls are available at all bands. Currently in development is a VIP shop, which includes electronics such as a PS3 and Ipod Touch, along with poker paraphernalia. Other novelties include a 40x big blind payout for a player who makes quad aces.

Aced Poker holds a ‘No flop, No drop’ policy, whereby they take no rake if the hand ends before the flop. The rake rate follows the benchmark set by the vast majority of online poker sites – it is $0.01 dollars per $0.20, so 5%, with a $3 cap at higher levels. Through a range of affiliates you can qualify for 30% flat rakeback, paid weekly into your cashier.

Tournaments

This is where Aced Poker really excels. For the low-mid stakes player, there is a multitude of tournament formats, including ‘Shootout’, ‘Bounty’, ‘Deep stack’ and short-handed, all signified on the legend. There are a surplus of $3-$15 MTT’s, and with manageable fields rarely exceeding 200, you’re given a decent chance of success. Aced is the perfect place to hone your MTT skills, as the 1,000 + fields on major networks such as Pokerstars can be disorientating and fruitless. You’ll find yourself getting a lot ‘deeper’ in Aced tournaments, and becoming more accustomed to bubble play. As well as VIP points freerolls, there are satellites into live events, notably the EPT London grand final and Aussie Millions main event. You won’t, however, find many tournaments boasting life changing prize pools. There is no real equivalent to say, the Pokerstars Sunday Million, with the Sunday $100k guaranteed coming closest. A matter of days ago, the Merge network introduced new ‘Flipaments’ and ‘Blitzkrieg’ Sit and Go’s. Frankly, these are cheap and meaningless additions, and appeal only to the tilting gambler looking to release some steam. They are basically one-hand all-ins, with the winner taking all, so no skill is involved.

Games

Aced Poker offers a strong core of games – standard PLO and Hold’em are available, but also rarer variants including Razz, 7 Card Stud, and draw games such as 5 Card Draw and Badugi. Traffic for low to mid stakes games, up to $2-4 is sufficient, with several 6-max and full ring games. Above $2-4, most cash game play is heads-up amongst regulars, so for the high stakes full ring game player, there isn’t much joy. Be prepared for long waits in Omaha Sit and Go tournaments at off-peak hours, particularly in heads-up.

Level of Competition

With the site poker rather than casino and sportsbook orientated, there won’t be the flocks of gamblers looking to fritter away poker chip. However, there are still an alarming number of poor players at low to mid stakes. Without the aid of any tracking software (Pokertracker isn’t compatible with the software) it is impossible to give exact stats on VPIP, but many of the regulars up to $2/4 seem to be loose passive / aggressive, and prone to calling too many hands down. Meanwhile it’s no surprise to see players in $10 and $20 SnG Omaha heads-up with zero comprehension of the game. As a rough estimate, the ‘star’ icons, bronze, silver or gold, beside a player’s avatar can be used to determine his skill and regularity. It is hard to say where all the weak players stem from. The US market is renowned for filling a fishpond, where as Aced Poker may be first choice for beginners who take only software design into consideration, rather than things such as rakeback and traffic.

Software

The turquoise and metallic colour theme envisages a crisp and modern feel, with the bold legend in the lobby giving a clear indicator to tournament formats. The vibrant, in game table interface and flash animations make it the most attractive out of all mainstream online software, with the cards and player avatars clearly displayed. Window size can be manually altered, which is a necessity when multi-tabling. Aced poker can handle up to twelve tables ideally – the rapid pace of cash games makes any more troublesome. The software still runs smoothly with multiple tables open. Table action also has a good ‘flow’ to it – cards are dealt and blinds posted rapidly, and there are no dramatic pauses on the turn and river. The funky player note systems allow you to brandish a player a ‘donkey’, a ‘rock’ and so forth, and these are symbolized by various emoticons. There is an ability to ‘rabbit’ the deck (see the next cards dealt) which can work both ways – reassuring you of a good fold or leaving you cursing a folded flush draw, and the ability to ‘deal the turn and river twice’ The latter has become popular on GSN’s High Stakes Poker, where pro’s try to limit the luck involved, however this feature is rarely utilized as all players at a table have to tick it as a preference. Finally, the Bad Beat Jackpot is currently one of the biggest online – standing at just shy of $200K.

Support

Accessible via a tab at the bottom of the lobby, Aced Poker boasts FAQ’s, e-mail support and Live Chat. Although the customer services representative can’t always resolve more complex account issues in the latter, they can solve mundane problems such as withdrawal delays. They’re also on hand to clarify bonus terms and any other promotions on the site. In terms of security, Aced Poker looks to be safe and clean. It is regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which is slightly ominous. This is the same company implicated in the UB/Absolute Poker Scandal, where admins were accessing master accounts to cheat players. There is a secure player interface which can be opened from the cashier, detailing bonus status, freeroll eligibility, rake amount, and other account details. Prior to withdrawal, identity verification is required to prevent fraud and money laundering.

Deposit options

All the standard e-wallets are available for deposit and withdrawal, including Moneybookers, Neteller, Click and Buy and PIC-Club, along with Visa and Mastercards. You can also use pre-paid card ‘Paysafe Card’, which is available at Paypoints across Europe. Withdrawal waiting times rarely stretch above 48 hours for e-wallets.

In conclusion, Aced Poker boasts a tidy, aesthetically pleasing poker client, with a host of tournaments for low-mid stakes players. However, a sparsity of traffic above the $2-4 level and zero compatibility with tracking tools means it isn’t practical for a player with high stakes aspirations.