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Introduction

The biggest skin on the Merge network, Carbon Poker is one of the softest internet poker sites and is US-friendly. With a bevy of promotions, extensive VIP reward scheme and gorgeous looking client, Carbon Poker is one of the premier places to play MTTs, overlay tournaments and poker. 

Bonus

Carbon offers a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus – ideal for aspiring bankroll builders. You accumulate VIP points for paying rake and tournament fees, which can be used to enter special freeroll tournaments (such as the monthly $50k), and exchanged in the Carbon shop for a range of novelty items; from jewellery to paintings. The bonus is paid in $10 increments, with $1 earned for every 50 VIP points. You’ll also receive an exclusive $11 MTT tournament coupon giving you access to the $3k daily guaranteed. If that isn’t enough, the ‘Carbon Million’ rake race more than 25,000 prizes totalling $1 million. There’s also a $25 refer a friend program, and juicy bad beat jackpot exceeding $500k. 

Tournaments  

Carbon Poker has a massive range of tournaments to choose from.  You can playfreerolls, micro-stakes games (such as Daily Dollar Dazzler which runs 4 times each day with a $1 buy-in), and there is a solid schedule of $0 – $60 guaranteed events during the week for higher stakes players.  All of Carbon Poker multi-table tournaments have relatively small fields of around 50 – 200 entrants – excellent in terms of low competition and making final table finishes.  In fact, I definately recommend Carbon as a hot spot for low stakes tournamentsDeep stack events can also be played at Carbon Poker, primarily at the $20+ buy-in level.  

In terms of overlay poker tournaments, Carbon Poker is the best poker room for these. Nearly all of their daily guaranteed tournaments have overlays which range from $500 – $10,000 for the bigger events. Carbon’s biggest weekly event the $50k Gtd ($109 entry), which usually gets 300 players and has an overlay of $10,000 or more. This is the biggest overlay currently available. However even the smaller daily $5k Gtd, $1 Gtd and $3 Gtd have ovelays. This makes it well worth your time signing up and playing occasionally. The best tournaments for new players are the Daily Dazzler Tournaments. Carbon Poker runs 4 daily $1 buy-in tournaments which total $2,500 in prize money, and they are exceptional value for new players. 

Satellites  

Satellites to live events such as the WSOP, WPT, Aussie Millions and APPT can be played here. There are some great-value Sngs and MTTs to the WSOP (listed below) which start from just $2 and have great live packages and over $40,000 in guaranteed prizes to be won. 

Software 

The software client is one of the most aesthetically pleasing out there. Colours are rich and vibrant, animations slick and smooth, and in-game sounds fully in sync. Cards are easily visible, and there’s a ‘star’ rating on the player avatars to give you an indication of their VIP level (experience). There are some pretty funky features too, like the ability to ‘rabbit’ the deck (see the next cards dealt), so you can congratulate yourself on laying down that flush draw! There is also the ability to deal the turn and river twice, helping to reduce the variance. Although the software isn’t compatible with tracking tools such as Pokertracker, there is a nifty instant hand history tool. 

The lobby is fully functional and very easy to negotiate. There is a detailed ‘legend’ for internet tournaments, making it easy to identify turbo, bounty and shootout structures. There is a ‘My tournaments’ tab to keep track of the tourneys you’ve registered for, and a player cash transfer option for VIPs. 

Games Variety 

Carbon offers a great range of internet poker games, with Razz, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw and Badugi available alongside PLO and Hold’em. Sadly the traffic doesn’t do the variety justice – with up to 5,000 internet players online during peak periods, action beyond the $2-$4 level dwindles severely. 

Support 

Carbon offers comprehensive player support, with a live chat feature and swift e-mail support. There are a plethora of deposit and withdrawal options, including Moneybookers, Neteller, Click and Buy, Paysafecard and PIC-Club. The biggest skin on the Merge network, it has plenty of integrity and no history of financial / security issues. 

“Carbon Monoxide may be poisionous, but Carbon Poker is gaseously refreshing.” 


 

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