Victor Chandler $10 Free
I was scanning usenet newsgroups--yes, I'm a dorck -- and found one allegedly devoted to casino token purchase and sale. It contains nothing except poker site ads, but one said Victor Chandler is giving players a free $10 bankroll for merely opening a real money
account. So I read the fine print and there was a prominently indicated raked hand restriction on cashouts but apparently no other restrictions or conditions. I signed up and opened a cash account, which only required providing basic personal information. I was never asked to do anything such as enter financial information or fax a copy of my driver's licence, which other sites do require. I discovered fine print that states the $10 credit can take up to 72 hours to process, but mine took about 36, and I was notified of it at the logon screen.
So far all I've done is play one 50c+5c sng to test-drive the site. The interface is clean and, to me, appealing, but I really don't like avatars or the fancy PKR graphics. The sound scheme could use improvement because it has those silly voices some poker sites
used to use, and I've had some trouble adjusting dealer chat level to where I want it, but those are minor annoyances. At my 6-seater sng table the play level ranged from inept to good, and five of the players were friendly and chatty. Most importantly, after over half an hour of play I had no impression whatsoever that the shuffle-and-deal software is buggy or dishonest. Even the bad beat that knocked me out _felt_ like something that could have happened at any live table.
If you're like me, which means starting with a general history of failure and content to grind it out at 50c and some $1 tourneys on a $10 bankroll, Vic Chandler is highly recommended. A totally free BR is hard to beat.