Chico Poker Review
Chico Poker is a smaller network that is available to play under a few different skins. The Chico network has been around for some time under different names, management and ownership. Between 2011-2012 the name Chico Poker has stayed and so has the ownership. The main 2 available skins to access the Chico Poker network will be Bet Online and Tiger Gaming. Bet Online accepts US players. Tiger Gaming doesn’t accept US players, so if you’re located somewhere else, this is the skin you will likely want to sign up. You may also sign up for Bet Online dependant on your exact location.
Bonuses and Promotions
The two main Poker skins for the Chico Network are Tiger Gaming and Bet Online, however the different skins offer almost identical bonuses. Let’s take a look at what they both have to offer.
The Chico network offers a first deposit bonus between $50-1000. You will clear this bonus by $10 increments while you pay rake on the poker tables. You will only have 30 days to clear this bonus. After 30 days, any of the bonus you haven’t managed to clear will be forfeited.
There are additional bonuses players may take advantage of through Chico. One of them is called $10,000 High Hand Poker, where players will be rewarded for hitting strong hands OR losing with very strong hands. There is a point system that will factor in which specific hand you hit and did you win or lose with that hand and what stakes you were playing. The player with the most points at the end of the month will win $2000! Second, third and lower places will also receive a set amount of money with the total prize pool being $10,000.
Chico Poker is a very small network. Depending on what stakes you are desiring to play will determine whether Chico Poker is suitable for you. For No Limit and Pot Limit Hold’Em cash games there is a decent amount of traffic throughout the day from micro stakes to 100NL. After 100NL it will be a difficult to multi-table with only 1-2 tables on average running for anything higher than 100NL.
Chico Poker has revamped both their software and types of games they have to offer within the last year of 2019. Chico poker now offers the ever-growing short deck poker as well as the explosive Sit ‘N’ Go format called Jack pot Sit ‘N’ Go’s. This is the same type of 3-man hyper Sit ‘N’ Go format that Pokerstars originated called Spin ‘N’ Go’s. Chico also offers another type of hyper Sit ‘N’ Go’s called Windfall. While these are hyper Sit ‘N’ Go’s, I can’t technically call it a poker format. This format will have every player all-in every hand automatically and is played more like a lottery than poker. Poker is a game about skill and chance, but the Windfall format is based purely on chance.
Pros of Chico Poker
Competitive sign up and on-going promotions and bonuses within the site
A viable network that all US players can play on
Small network with high quality customer support
Due to the smaller size of the network mid-high stakes action is limited
Low traffic in off peak hours
Poker trackers are not supported without the use of other 3rd party software
Chico Poker is a great site to sign up for due to its healthy welcome bonuses. The revamped software makes the playing experience a much more enjoyable one than the plain archaic version of the past. New fun and exciting game types Chico launch last year show great promise for them continuing to deliver exciting poker formats. The US is limited in choice of poker rooms compared to most of the world and this can be a great option to look into.