Chico Poker Network, formerly known as Action Poker Network, is one of the largest networks that welcomes the US players. Having changed its owners after the difficulties of 2012, Chico maintains the reputation of a safe and comfortable place to play poker.
Despite the fact that the network is open for players from USA, its flag room — Tigergaming — is unavailable for them. Tigergaming is one of the veteran poker operators in the market, it's been keeping excellent record since its launch in 1999.
Most of the players in Chico network are from Canada and America. That's why all the games are played in USD and the peak times fall on evenings EST. The main cash-traffic belongs to NLHE; however, you can find 1–2 tables of PLO at every stakes up to PLO400 and higher at peak times. Almost all other Chico skins are primarily casinos and betting shops. That's where the vast majority of recreational players in the network come from.
The typical traffic in peak hours is 20–30 tables of NL25–NL50, 8–10 tables of NL100, 5–6 tables of NL200, 3–4 tables of NL400 and 2–3 tables of NL1K. The field is soft, sometimes with more than one random player at each table.
The traffic in SNG and MTT is not that high. Nevertheless, the DoNs up to $33+$3 and regular Sunday 20K GTD tournament are very popular.
Since January 2018 Tigergaming holds analog Spin&Go SNG with the progressive jackpot WindFall . Buy-ins: 3, 7, 15, 30. The maximum multiplier is x2,000.
The Chico's software is functional, it has all the basic settings and filters, but lags behind the modern industry standards. The most annoying drawback of the client program is auto-folding instead of checking back the opponent when the time runs out. Disconnect protection, auto-rebuy and timebank are also unavailable. All in all, the client program indeed meets all the main challenges, looks attractive and, as a nice bonus, it has a live chat with support, which is integrated right in the lobby, as well as the functionality to transfer up to $200 between players.
Holdem Manager and PokerTracker are not natively supported by Tigergaming, but there's a hand converter and handy layout for Chico network available for WPD players.
Players can make deposits and withdraw their funds via NETELLER, Skrill, Ukash and Paysafecard.
If Tigergaming fails to transfer your money to an electronic wallet within 24 hours (except weekends), it will double the sum of the cashout. Max. sum is $15,000. Withdrawals via other payment methods are also fast and take several days at most.
Commission 1%, not refundable. Rake is considered as the entire rake minus all rakeback and bonus, minus 9.5% of all player deposits.
The bad news is that the points can be earned only in cash games with 3 or more players. So SNG regulars won't be able to use the reloads.
It is obvious that, at the moment, Chico is one of the most stable networks with good traffic and various games, therefore the screws are tightened for winning players in favor of the network's business interests.
Important update appeared in the "Terms and Conditions" in January, 2016:
Paragraph 3.1.15. Bonuses are intended for recreational players only. Tigergaming reserves the right to deny and/or remove bonuses and/or winnings from said bonuses if management determines a player to be non-recreational, or part of a syndicate without further explanation.
Paragraph 3.1.16. Tigergaming reserves the right to remove any bonus at any time without explanation.
Thus, to guarantee that player will receive his reload, even if he reaches enough rake, is now impossible.
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Tigergaming stands out for its good traffic at mid- and high stakes, fair cashback system and high safety of the players' deposits. 6-max players will find a great deal of action. The tracking software is supported by means of our hand converter. Live chat with support service works without let or hindrance.
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