Yachting Poker Review
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Yachting Poker is a skin of the Hive Poker Network, a new and growing network also home to Terminal Poker. The Hive Network sees a high amount of Euro traffic, in particular Italian players.
The Yachting Poker OpenSSL software is compatible with Mac and Windows computers. The Hive network planned a mobile and tablet client for a June 2014 launch though at the time of writing this is not available on Yachting.
The software allows you to quickly filter between cash games, sit & gos and tournaments, including some uncommon game types:
- 32 Card Draw
- InstaPoker (a fast-fold poker format)
You can further narrow down the type of game you want with dropdown menu filters.
Stakes range from €0.01/€0.02 to €10/20 in cash games, SNGs run up to the €50 buy-in level, and MTTs up to €100. Heads Up, 6-Max and Full Ring tables are available, played No Limit or Fixed Limit.
Players can resize, tile and cascade tables, and have the option to change the table color, theme, disable animation and use a 4 color deck.
Yachting Poker offers a range of deposit and withdrawal options including Neteller, VISA, ClickandBuy, Click2Pay, Bank Wire, PaySafeCard, Ukash and Ecocard. Skrill is available, except for players resident in Germany.
Cashouts take between 2 – 10 working days depending on the method used.
Yachting Poker has a peak traffic count of around 1,700 cash game players and a 7 day average of 800.
30-man, 18-man, 6-man and HU SNGs see decent traffic, turbo being the most popular format. MTTs attact fields of several hundred players.
Cash games at Yachting Poker are raked up to 5% of the pot, less if rake caps are hit. Yachting uses a ‘no flop, no drop’ policy as standard, i.e. no rake in pots that end preflop.
Tournament rake fees are up to 10% of the buy-in. Rebuys and add-ons are not raked.
Yachting Poker no longer offers flat rakeback since its migration to the Hive Network. However there is a VIP program equivalent to 25% rakeback. Virtually all players receive 25% with a very small volume requirement (2 EUR per day), so rewards are very close in design to flat rakeback.
An extra 10% value can be achieved in the weekly 300 Challenge promotion for those playing NLHE at 25NL stakes or higher.
Alongside the 300 challenge – for cash games players – are tournament promotions including daily freerolls, second chance freerolls, an SNG leaderboard and the Hive Poker festival with €80k in guarantees.
Omaha cash games also offer a high hand jackpot, awarding a cash prize to one player every 30 minutes.
Yachting Poker also offers a full casino to their players, with 300 games. Being able to use your balance in the casino is guaranteed to have some fish occasionally wander in the games looking to “gamble it up”.
Yachting Casino is currently available for mobile play.
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