Black Chip Poker joined the Winning Poker Network (WPN) in December 2012 and has never looked back. Like other WPN sites, Black Chip Poker has a reputation for the biggest online poker tournaments available for players in the US, the best rewards program available for players in the US and the most valuable promotions available for players in the US. Black Chip poker has also got a reputation for speedy cashouts, which will come as a relief to players who have experienced delays elsewhere.
Black Chip Poker Recent History
Since joining the Winning Poker Network, Black Chip Poker has grown in profile. It was on Black Chip Poker that UK professional and winner of the EPT San Remo Main Event Rupert “JohnLegend” Elder won almost $125,000 in a Million Dollar Sunday event. At the time it was the largest Twitch-streamed poker win ever, and Elder was on Twitter a week later confirming that he had received his winner´s check in good time.
Black Chip Poker Download
Downloading the software to play at Black Chip poker is easy. Simply visit the website from any of our links and click on the “Play Poker Now” visual or on one of several other “Download Now” links located on the page. It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds for the software to download the installation process to complete.
On opening up the poker client, you will be asked to register for an account with Black Chip Poker. The registration process is also easy and consists of entering your personal details on a couple of registration pages. Once the registration process is completed, you will be directed to the cashier to make your first deposit.
Black Chip Poker Banking
Depending on your jurisdiction, there are many different options for making your first deposit at Black Chip Poker. Visa is widely accepted, as are selected eWallets and P2P transfers. Players can now use Bitcoin to deposit into their accounts – the Bitcoin value being converted into dollars to use at the tables. Bitcoin transactions are considered by many players to be the most efficient way of funding their accounts.
There are also plenty of options for making withdrawals. If you have deposited using Bitcoin, that is the fastest and most convenient method of withdrawal. Alternatively, you can request a check, a P2P transfer, bank wire or cash out via a prepaid debit card – which takes a little time the first time you request a withdrawal but is fairly quick and convenient thereafter.
Deposit and Withdrawals Limits (and Fees)
Different deposit limits and withdrawal limits apply depending on your choice of option. The information below is provided as a guide, as different limits and fees may apply in different jurisdictions.
- Deposit via Visa – Minimum Deposit $50/Maximum Deposit $1,000.
- Deposit via eWallet – Minimum Deposit $10/Maximum Deposit $2,000.
- Deposit via P2P Transfer (1) – Minimum Deposit $50/Maximum Deposit $1,000.
- Deposit via Bitcoin – Minimum Deposit $10/Maximum Deposit $25,000 (2).
(1) Black Chip Poker will refund any charges you pay for a P2P transfer if the amount of your deposit is $300 or more.
(2) Dollar equivalent to minimum/maximum Bitcoin deposit limits.
- Withdrawal to Prepaid Debit Card (3) – Minimum Withdrawal $100/Maximum Withdrawal $2,500.
- Withdrawal to eWallet – Minimum Withdrawal $10/Maximum Withdrawal $2,000.
- Withdrawal by P2P Transfer (4) – Minimum Withdrawal $100/Maximum Withdrawal $500.
- Withdrawal via Bitcoin – Minimum Withdrawal $25/Maximum Withdrawal $25,000 (5).
(3) There is a monthly fee of $5.00 for using this service.
(4) Players pay any charges associated with withdrawals by P2P Transfers.
(5) Dollar equivalent to minimum/maximum Bitcoin withdrawal limits.
Players can also request a withdrawal by check (up to $2,995 per week) or bank wire (up to $50,000 per month). Black Chip Poker will allow players one free withdrawal by check or bank wire per month, after which charges of between $65 and $300 will apply depending of the value of the withdrawal. In certain cases – for example if you finish on the final table of a Million Dollar Sunday – the limits and fees for check withdrawals are waived.
Black Chip Poker User Interface
The user interface is easy to navigate and aesthetically pleasing. There are no avatars, and no advanced features outside of a detachable chat window and a separate hand history pane. Players can take notes on other players and can request in-depth hand histories. Beyond that, there is an exceptional player admin pane which allows you to check on the progress of your Black Chip Poker bonus and other rewards.
The main poker lobby allows you to simultaneously view cash games and upcoming tournaments or Sit & Go games in separate windows. It may not seem like a big deal for some players, but for others it’s nice to have the option to view each type of game without clicking back and forth – especially if you’re someone who likes to play multiple cash game tables and tournaments at the same time.
Games on Black Chip Poker
The cash games on Black Chip Poker are dominated by Texas Hold´em Poker and Omaha Poker – Omaha Poker becoming quite popular at the site. With the exception of heads-up tables, all cash game tables award points for the non-contributory “Beast” rake race – quite a valuable non-contributory promotion that is currently paying out around $75,000 in cash prizes and tournament entry tickets each week.
A similar (but less valuable) rake race style promotion runs for fans of Sit n Go games. Points in the weekly “Sit n Crush” promotion are awarded according to the volume of Sit n Go games a player participates in – and the buy-in – rather than how well they perform. Players looking for tournaments with big prize pools will not be disappointed with the tournament schedule at Black Chip Poker.
Probably the coolest feature of Black Chip Poker is its Elite Benefits program. Incentive programs on poker sites are nothing new, but whereas many online poker sites are reigning in the rewards that players receive for remaining loyal to a site, Black Chip Poker´s Elite Benefits program seems to get better all the time.
Players are allocated status levels based on the volume of Benefit Points they collect and can work their way up through six levels of the rewards program, all the way to Icon. The great thing about becoming an Icon is you’ll receive instant access to big cash rewards, trips and prestigious poker packages. Granted, becoming an Icon is no easy feat, but it’s still a cool incentive.
Black Chip Poker Promotions and Bonus Code
First time players are entitled to a 100% bonus on their initial deposit up to $1,000. The bonus is cleared by earning Award Points for contributing to the rake deducted from cash game pots or for paying a fee to enter a Black Chip Poker tournament, Sit & Go or Jackpot game. The bonus is released in increments of $1.00 each time a player collects 27.5 Award Points – Award Points awarded at a rate of 5.5 per $1.00 raked or paid in fees – and players get sixty days in which to clear the Black Chip Poker bonus.
In order to qualify for the 100% first deposit bonus, you will need to enter the Black Chip Poker Bonus Code CHIPPED when first creating your account. The field for the Black Chip Poker bonus code appears on the first registration page, just under where you are asked to enter your email address.
Black Chip Poker Review Conclusion
Nothing about Black Chip Poker’s game selection is likely to blow you away. However, an excellent player interface, a growing poker community and the fast withdrawal system is among the best we’ve seen on a U.S-friendly site. The staff members at Black Chip Poker are responsive, courteous and always on-call. And the site’s promotional offerings, especially its first deposit bonus are simply spectacular.