Poker Host? I Think Not!!
This is to anyone who may be considering depositing at Poker Host. Do so at your own risk!! Let me explain:
I have been playing at Poker Host for the past couple of months and at first
was really happy with the site. We (my hubby and I) were playing freerolls
and play chip tourneys for real money
and have a grand time making a couple "free" bucks here and there. Then I decided, what the heck? Let's make a deposit and get some action going; plus we could unlock our freeroll money too. We were doing really well, increasing our bankroll and doing our share of steam rolling the competition (for the most part, there are what seem to be a lot of "fish" and "noobs" ). So I was a pretty happy camper, barring the occassional bad beat, I had no complaints. And then...things began to go wrong...and started to really tick me off!
It all started with the disconnects from the server. I started getting pop-ups warning of a bad connection and would I like to re-connect? At first this didn't bother me too much, because I was able to reconnect quickly, and having dial-up, I am used to such problems occuring now and then. BUT--then it starts happening every few minutes until I realized it wasn't my computer, but their
server that was causing the problem--over and over again.
The two worst situations was when I had registered for SNGs. I was waiting for one more player to start, thinking "Geez, this is taking forever!", when suddenly the game popped up and I realized the game had been running for awhile and I had only 400 chips left! I had been disconnected the whole time with no warning!
I was not
a happy camper. (At least I took 2nd, and got my buy-in back.) Happened again when it was down to two players, and I just knew I was going to take it, because I was the substantial chip leader, and I knew I had the guy, when SURPRISE!!!! Disconnected again and couldn't get back in to the damn site until after I had been bled dry with the blinds and the game was over...
So I decided I had had enough and withdrew my funds. Now here's the other really irritating part...their policy is that withdrawals will be processed within 48 hours...yeah...RIGHT!
. It took them [B]72 HOURS [/b]
to process my withdrawal to NeTeller
! Unacceptable in my book! And of course their "banking department" was only open 11AM-9PM EDT. Are you kidding me???!!?? This is an online site! Twenty-four hour access should be standard if you ask me!
Then there's the issue of unlocking your freeroll/promotional winnings. You have to play 5 hands at the $1/$2 ring games to unlock $1. yippee. Oh and there is a minimum withdrawal of $50 when you want to cash out.
Also, it's really difficult at times just to get a SNG tourney going. Not too many players...and it seemed to be getting fewer and fewer as time went on. My guess is that others, like me, were getting fed up with all the B.S.
I have taken my money to Noble and Royal Vegas
so that I might catch a game with the Cardschat faithful....no more Poker Host for me!