Previously known as the Action Poker Network, Chico acquired Action in October 2011, inheriting severe banking and regulatory issues. As a result slow payouts plagued the network for several years.
In 2013 new Chico management finally cleared the backlog in cashouts and since then the network has grown in size and credibility, becoming a trusted site to online poker players.
As such Rakeback.com now considers it a recommended networkto play on, for both RoW and US players. Especially as all 50 US states are accepted on the Chico skin BetOnline.
The Chico Network isn’t renowned for its software. Other US poker clients- e.g. the Americas Cardroom software – are faster and more robust. Most players find Chico functional enough to grind on though as a primary or secondary site. Betonline has both a Windows and Mac compatible client.
As with low rakeback, lower quality software means easier games as less regulars want to mass table on the site.
Betonline withdrawal options include checks in the mail (1-4 weeks stated processing time), Western Union / Moneygram cash transfers (2 days), and Bitcoin (48 hours).
Often Betonline exceeds those stated times, delivering checks in under a week, cash transfers within the day and Bitcoin cashouts within hours (at zero fees).
The Chico network has 2200+ active players with around a third of those in cash games at peak times.
According to Pokerscout traffic data that makes Chico the 3rd largest poker option for Americans (behind Bovada and Americas Cardroom) and the 2nd largest to accept both RoW and US.
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BetOnline has mostly No Limit Holdem action from $0.01/$0.02 up to $5/$10 stakes. Other game types include Omaha, O8 and Limit Holdem.
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