Americas Cardroom Review:
Established in 2001, Americas Cardroom is one of the leading choices for players from the United States. With only a handful of online sites accepting US players after the Black Friday, Americas Cardroom, or ACR as it is known in the online poker circles, has become one of the go-to sites for Americans.
The site is a part of the Winning Poker Network and they successfully maintain their position in the top ten online poker rooms in terms of the player traffic, which is quite an achievement with so many poker rooms around these days.
ACR has recently undergone a full site redesign, making it look even more modern and appealing, bringing it closer to the standards players have come to expect. Although it still isn’t PokerStars or Full Tilt, Americas Cardroom these days certainly offers an overall pleasant playing experience.
The welcome bonus package at Americas Cardroom is among the most generous ones out there. Their first deposit bonus gives players a huge boost and is certainly one of the reasons for players from all over the globe, not just the States, to join the party.
The welcome package at ACR consist of the following:
- 100% match bonus up to $1,000
- A total of $50 in free cash during the first 20 days
- Four new depositors freerolls with $250 prize pools
The cash bonus needs no special explanations – deposit an amount between $25 and $1,000, and ACR will issue a 100% pending bonus equal to the deposit amount. The bonus is paid in $1 increments for every 27.5 Award Points generated. As always, these points are generated through cash game rake and tournament fees.
The other part of the welcome package guarantees $50 in free cash. Every day during your first 20 days of stay at Americas Cardroom, you can go to your Rewards section. There, you’ll find $50 Free Cash offer in the Special Offers department. Every day, click one card to receive your Free Cash bonus between $2 and $6. The best part about this offer is that you’ll get it even if you only deposit the minimum of $25, so this is a great way to kick-start your poker bankroll.
Finally, players get a month-worth of tickets to the First Depositor Freerolls taking place every Saturday at 12:05 ET. Every single one of these events has a prize pool of $250, and the fields are usually around a couple of hundreds players, so there is a decent chance of making the final table and boosting the bankroll further.
Software and Graphics
As mentioned, the ACR software can’t be called the state of the art, but the company has done some work on it to give it modern looks and make it easier for players to enjoy their experience. The red-blue design of the room lobby with white and black letters makes everything easy to read, which should go without saying, but we’ve seen all sorts of poker clients over the years.
The lobby is divided into several tabs, such as Hold’em, Omaha & Stud, Sit & Go, and Tourney. All lobbies open in the main client, except for the tournament lobby, which opens in a new window. This is a peculiarity of Winning Poker Network rooms, and it’s one of those features you either love or hate. The idea is to separate tournaments from other games and make it easier to browse through the schedule while playing other games.
ACR also offers very detailed filters for all of the games, so you can pick the stakes, number of players per table, the game type, and more. This is very convenient if you play certain limits or certain types of tournaments only and don’t want to be distracted by other games not relevant to you.
As for the in-game option, ACR offers standard adjustments, such as different table outlays, four-colored decks, etc.
Tournaments & Cash Game Action
The range of tournaments available on Americas Cardroom is quite impressive, especially for the room that doesn’t belong to the group of the “big ones.” There are tournaments ranging from the freerolls all the way up to $530 buy-ins running around the clock, so there is something for everyone.
Those looking to build their bankrolls will be happy to hear that ACR has $10 On Demand Freerolls running 24/7. As soon as one of these kicks off, the registration starts for another one, and although the prize pool is small, it is distributed among the top finishers only, so these provide a chance to start your bankroll from a scratch. There are no special demands of any sort – anyone with a free ACR account can register and play in as many of these as they like, and these events usually get between 500 and 700 players.
ACR highlight tournaments are their Sunday $50,000 GTD with a $215 buy-in, the Sunday Special with $150,00 guaranteed, Friday Fun ($8,000 GTD and $66 buy-in), Big10 with the $10,000 guarantee and $55 buy-in, and more. Lower stakes players will find plenty of smaller buy-in events in the $1-$5 region with guarantees up to $10,000, so there is plenty of tournament action to be found at ACR.
As for the cash games, the stakes go up to $25/50 for No Limit Hold’em and there is usually a couple of tables running. There is plenty of action to be found at $3/$6 and lower games, and there is always a bunch of tables running at the micro levels (up to NL50).
Omaha games go as high as $25/$50 as well, but nothing over $2/$4 runs regularly. Occasionally, there are $3/$6 and $5/$10 games running, but these aren’t a common occurrence.
Depending on where you’re playing from, Americas Cardroom offers different deposit and withdrawal methods. For players from the States, ACR offers the best selection of debit and credit cards, with a fairly high success rates.
There are also numerous e-wallets available, such as Neteller, Skrill, ecoPayz, etc. These aren’t available to Americans, but can be used by players from the rest of the world.
One interesting option offered by ACR is to deposit and withdraw using bitcoins. The site doesn’t give you an option to keep your balance in BTC, however, as your deposits and withdrawals are instantly converted using the current exchange rates. With the popularity of bitcoin growing, this is an option that certainly appeals to many players.
Withdrawals can be fairly fast, around three or four days, for the rest of the world players. For Americans, it really depends on your options. If it is possible to withdraw back to the credit card, it can be fairly fast, while paper checks can sometimes take a couple of weeks to reach their intended destination.
Americas Cardroom is by far one of the best options for the US players looking to play some online poker. However, due to a very generous welcome bonus and a very nice tournament schedule, this poker room also represents an interesting choice from players all over the world. ACR has certainly established its place in the online poker world and despite some hiccups and troubles along the way, they’ve proven they are a site players can count on.