Winamax is an Independent poker site launched in 2007 that has quickly taken the lead on the federally regulated market of online gambling in France. More than that, France has become the first reservation where the largest brand is not Pokerstars. As of January, 2016, Winamax places 6th in the Pokerscout general rating, and Pokerstars.fr is only the 9th.
The peak times obviously fall on evenings French time and the weekends. According to Pokerscout, 2,000 users are seen at the real money cash tables on working days. On the weekends and holidays, the peak approximates 3,000 active cash players. All the games on the site are held in Euro.
By the way, the cash tab is represented by 2\3\5\9-max tables of NLHE up to NL2K (short tables — up to NL5K) and heads-up tables of NL20–NL200. Likewise, Omaha tables have the highest stake of PLO2K.
Winamax Poker casts itself as the main МТТ platform in France: it offers a great deal of regular tournaments with the buy-ins of up to 100 EUR, as well as tournament series of all sorts and events with the buy-ins of up to 1K EUR.
However, the action in cash games is also up to the mark: dozens of tables at the micro-stakes, up to 10–15 tables of NL50–200 with about 30% of them being 9-max. In the peak, 5–7 tables are played at NL400+. NL1K+ is ready to offer action every day. Omaha is being actively played at the micro- and the low stakes. The games higher than PLO200 are of episodic nature. Some tables are anonymous, some are the so called 'short track'. Fast poker is represented by the NL2/10/50 stakes, but we failed to find any action even at NL10.
The SNG lobby is poor, it might be of interest only for the heads-up regulars, perhaps. The highest stake is 500 EUR. Heads-up games boast not only a classic format, but mini-tournaments, for example 6-max. At that, this format is rather popular up to the 50 EUR stakes.
The software is another ace up Winamax's sleeve. The lobby is intuitive and comfortable, the tables are made with the highest details: the cards, the positions, the keypad — everything is done with maximum comfort for every player, even if to the disadvantage of the visual component. And most important — the software is seamless, fast and has no lags as on the РС, as on МАС, Android, IOS and in the browser version.
Sum-total: the Winamax software is approved point-blank by WorldPokerDeals.
The Poker Tracker is supported by default, the support of the Holdem Manager is unavailable at the moment.
Within one month after registering at the poker site you will have to indicate and verify your bank account and your identity. Then you will receive a personal identification code by mail. With that, you will have to set the minimum and the maximum limit of your funds. And, for example, if the amount on your account exceeds the max. limit, you can automatically withdraw the surplus to your bank account.
The Deposit and withdrawal methods include bank cards and various electronic wallets (Skrill, Neteller, Paysafecard etc). The processing in general is similar to that of other poker sites. On the average, the withdrawal takes up to 5 days.
Winamax is the most trustful brand on this market, it offers the largest pool of French amateur players, one of the best softwares and a wide variety of payment methods — for a reservation, of course. EV of the combination of high rake and a weaker field on the average — is a matter of debate. But anyway, the poker site is worth to be examined by the serious grinders.