SwC Poker review
SwCPoker.eu is the site that continued from Seals With Clubs, the largest original Bitcoin poker room, when it shut down in 2015 due to government pressure. At that time the room lost a significant portion of its traffic, but in November 2018 the site came back with 100% new software that players have reviewed favorably.
Bitcoin Poker 3.0 has brought back many of the old players and lots of new faces that didn't play the original version. The new SwC Poker is still Bitcoin only for deposits, play, and cashouts.
Withdrawals are fast, often averaging only a few hours, although the site asks for up to 24 hours to manually process them. SwC Poker says they check for collusion and team play.
Taking into account the anonymous games and transactions, the site is often referred to as the Wild West of online poker.
The average number of connections hardly goes over 200 players. We couldn't detect strongly-marked peak times but noted that the traffic spreads evenly across all time zones. Main donators of the room are players in countries where the use of Neteller and Skrill is restricted — USA and Canada — so the peak times fall on evenings in these countries.
The most action takes place in the OFC poker games and at high stakes HU tables. PLO is also available in 2-max mode.
The new version of the client program software introduced a lot of helpful functions for players: 4-color deck, sound settings, animation, and cards display, hand history saving and more.
The new version of the client program software does not support trackers directly
Deposits and withdrawals in SWCPoker.eu are maintained only in the form of Bitcoin crypto-currency, which makes possible handling the cashouts within less than 12 hours.
SWCPoker.eu offers action in the most exotic poker disciplines and one of the lowest rake in industry.
We consider the safety of the players' funds to be adequate.
We made several withdrawals and they all were handled ASAP. Some of our players have been successfully playing at SWC since the times of main domain, but it's still important to know that SWCPoker resides in a weakly governed field, and all the cash transactions must be made taking into account the provided information and related risks.
At the same time, the speed of withdrawals of funds when the first domain was shut down showed how convenient Bitcoins were in terms of online gambling.
That's why we have mixed feelings towards SWCPoker.
At this stage, we recommend keeping not more than several buy-ins of your game and requesting withdrawals on a regular basis. Thanks to the Bitcoin technology, all transfers are free, so the Treasury of the room won't be annoyed by frequent withdrawals.