As Tiger Gaming has a long history of providing an online poker service, our Tiger Gaming review focuses on the benefits of playing Texas Hold´em Poker online at the site. Visitors to the site will also find plenty of sports betting and horserace betting opportunities, along with a rich variety of online casino games.
Tiger Gaming Recent History
Tiger Gaming is one of the “old guard” of online poker sites, having dealt its first hand of poker back in 1999. Over the years the site has been affiliated to various poker networks, but now appears to have settled on the Chico Poker Network. Unusually for a site on a US-facing network, Tiger Gaming does not accept players from the US even though the majority of action takes place during peak US hours.
Not content with providing just online poker, Tiger Gaming also offers players the opportunity to bet on a comprehensive range of sports, the financial markets and the horses. The site also has an excellent online casino driven by BetSoft software and packed full of exciting games, and a Live Dealer casino offering games of Roulette, Blackjack, Super 6 and Baccarat.
Tiger Gaming Poker Download
At the time of writing this Tiger Gaming Poker review, the site has a poker download for Windows, a poker download for Mac, and a mobile-friendly version of the software that, at present, does not have an account creation facility. Consequently, you will have to register your account via the website or software download before playing on your mobile.
The download process is really easy. Simply visit the website by clicking any of our link buttons. Navigate to the “download” page and select either the Windows or Mac poker download button. The Tiger Gaming poker download is exceedingly light and quick to install, and if you have a computer less than ten years old it will be able to cope with the minimum system requirements.
Creating Your Account
There are two options for creating your account – either through the website or through the poker client. Both options follow the same process, which consists of entering personal details such as your name, address, email address, etc. on a secure web form. Please make sure you enter the information as it appears on any documents you will later use to verify your account. Verification is necessary before you are allowed to make a withdrawal.
Once you have read the terms and conditions and clicked “Create My Account” you will be sent an email containing your account number (usually a letter followed by six numbers) and confirmation of your password. Please store this information in a secure place and delete the email for your security. Your account not only gives you access to the online poker product, but also to all the sports betting and casino products mentioned in the introduction of our Tiger Gaming review.
Funding Your Account and Making Withdrawals
Tiger Gaming offers plenty of options for funding your account including Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum. It is important to note if you deposit using a debit or credit card, the only way to get money out of your account is by bank wire – for which there is a minimum withdrawal limit of $1,000 and a 1% charge applies after you have used your one free withdrawal each month.
We suggest you use one of the following eWallets – Skrill, Neteller, EcoCard, or EntroPay – to fund your account if you are not comfortable using cryptocurrencies. Cashouts to each of these funding options have a much lower minimum withdrawal limit ($25.00) and are usually processed within 24 hours (Monday to Friday) provided your account has been verified.
The Tiger Gaming Poker Bonus
The Tiger Gaming Poker bonus is a substantial 100% match on your initial deposit up to $2,500. In order to qualify for the bonus, you have to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Tiger Gaming Poker bonus code “NEWTG” as the subject of your email. The bonus will be added to your bonus account within 24 hours and is cleared by collecting Comp Points as you pay rake during cash games or a fee (min $1.00) to play in a Sit & Go or MTT.
The bonus is released into your cash balance in increments of $5.00 each time you have collected 1,500 Points. You receive 100 Comp Points for each $1.00 paid in rake or fees, and this equates to a rakeback rate of 33%, which is not bad compared to most other online poker sites. Unfortunately, the site doesn`t have a VIP loyalty program, and the only use you can make of the Comp Points once you have cleared the Tiger Gaming Poker bonus is to enter certain Sit & Go games or MTTs.
The Choice of Games
The choice of poker games is really good at most stake levels. As well as a steady volume of traffic at the NL Hold´em and PL Omaha cash tables, the site hosts games of FL Hold´em, 7-Card Stud, 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha Hi/Lo, Americana and 32 Card Poker. These “minor” games do not get a lot of traffic outside of peak times, but they do get some. So, if you fancy a change of format, it is well worth checking these out through the easy-to-navigate lobby.
All Sit & Go games and the MTT schedule are exclusively NL Hold´em. The site´s new lottery-style “Windfall” Sit & Go games, and “standard” Sit & Go games fill up pretty quickly all the way up to games with buy-ins of $200. MTTs are slightly more subdued, with mostly low buy-in rebuy and add-on events dominating the schedule. The biggest MTT on the tournament schedule is a once-a-month $150,000 guaranteed event with a $165 buy-in.
The Level of Competition
Like most online poker sites, the level of competition is a mixed bag. Typically you will find relatively weak players at the cash tables up to stakes of $0.10/$0.25; but, as the stakes rise into Bad Beat Jackpot territory ($0.50/$1.00 and above) there is a stack of highly experienced and skilled players. It is also worth bearing in mind that many good players from ring-fenced countries in Europe play on this network due to the limited opportunities in their home countries.
Because of the low buy-in levels and some fairly erratic payout structures, the MTTs at Tiger Gaming are beatable – although they will not make a large contribution towards clearing the Tiger Gaming Poker bonus. Late registration periods can also be erratic – entries for some games closing as soon as the first hand is dealt, others keeping late registration open for five levels. It is worth paying close attention to these events, especially when the end of late registration is likely to coincide with the bubble.
Cool Features and Additional Bonus Offers
It would be fair to say that the online poker software is pretty rudimentary and, despite several recent upgrades, it lacks a few bells and whistles you are likely to find at other online poker sites. If you can put up with the basicness of the software, there are plenty of good promotions to take part in that could seriously enhance your bankroll. Additional bonus offers exist in every area of the Tiger Gaming website, including:
- 100% bonus on your first deposit in the Sportsbook.
- 100% bonus on your first three deposits at the Casino.
- 7% rebate on all your horse race betting action.
- Weekly Blackjack Boss tournaments with a $2,500 prize pool.
- Risk free horse racing wagers, casino bets and sports bets.
Tiger Gaming Review Conclusion
From our experience at Tiger Gaming, we would suggest it is an excellent venue for a low- to mid-stakes recreational player or a more experienced cash game player who can adapt to playing in US time zones. We were particularly impressed with the volume of action at the PL Omaha tables, although disappointed at the low value MTTs and lack of a VIP loyalty program.
Our conclusion is that it is worth giving this online poker site a try if only to clear the generous first deposit bonus. New players also get invited to an exclusive freeroll tournament with a $10,000 prize pool that attracts around 300 players a month – so quite a good opportunity to get a quick boost to your bankroll in addition to the range of potentially lucrative promotions you will find when you play at Tiger Gaming.