Americas Cardroom Review 2018
Americas Cardroom has been the most popular online poker site with US players since larger operators left the market on Black Friday in 2011. It consistently hosts tournaments with million-dollar guarantees and brings players to the tables from all over the world.
Commonly referred to as ACR, Americas Cardroom is the largest site on the Winning Poker Network. With all of the perks that poker players could want, ACR also offers perks like a poker blog, numerous cryptocurrency options, and an advanced mobile site. Though the site has been in business for well over a decade, it’s been on the network since 2011, where it has thrived beyond its developers’ dreams.
ACR has such a growing base that it added a sports betting site in the past several years. The offerings there continue to grow, though poker remains its primary attraction.
The ACR online poker room has everything from cash games to tournaments for all levels of players, from $0.01/$0.02 tables to $5K buy-in tables. Games range from hold’em to Omaha and mixed games. SNGs are also a big draw, as there are standard ones from the $1 range to more than $1K, as well as the new Jackpot Poker, a new lottery-style SNG that randomly chooses a multiplier for the buy-in to determine the ultimate size of the prize pool. There are also jackpots available in the new SNG 2.0 games.
As for tournaments, there are freerolls, daily events with guarantees, and big Sunday tournaments that can include the Million Dollar Sunday events with $1 million guarantees. There is also a regular series that takes place several times each year; the Bigger Online Super Series (BOSS) typically offers several million dollars in guarantees over the course of a series.
Satellites are available to obtain discounted buy-ins to all of the big tournaments, as well as to live poker events like the World Series of Poker.
ACR also takes pride in introducing unique features for its players, such as unique avatars, Double or Nothing games, auto buy-ins, tables with straddles and preferred seating, synchronized breaks for multi-tablers and tournament players, and a statistics display on the tables during tournament play. There are capped tables to minimize losses, extra time banks, progressive payouts to pay players as soon as the bubble bursts in a tournament, and raise methodology to make custom raises easier.
The new sportsbook offers betting on all major sports and horse races. The complete betting odds are always available, as well as special bets on elections, award shows, and reality television. Most customers focus on the major sports popular with American players – football, basketball, hockey, and baseball – though big events like the World Cup bring many more bettors to the site. From side bets, totals, teasers, futures, and reverses, there are many bets from which to choose.
The most convenient part of the ACR sports betting section is that only one account is required for all parts of the site. Players with poker accounts can easily switch over to the sports section and back.
- Welcome bonus: 100% up to $1,000 on first deposit, 20 days of free cash ($2-$6) up to $50, four New Depositor freerolls with $250 prize pools each
- Loyalty program: Elite awards cash for points earned through play
- The Beast offers a weekly leaderboard jackpot, Sit & Crush is weekly SNG leaderboard promo
- There are some revolving promotions, as well as some like the Beast that are available indefinitely.
Deposits & Withdrawals
There are various payment processing methods for funding an account or requesting a payout.
International Money Transfer
- Deposits: Upon receipt, no cost, $50 minimum, $1,000 maximum
- Withdrawals: Immediate, no cost, $50 minimum
- Notes: Customer support can walk new players through the process via computer.
- Deposits: Up to 15 minutes, mining fees, $50 minimum, $25,000 maximum
- Withdrawals: Up to 48 hours, small fees, $50 minimum, $10,000 maximum
- Notes: One payout per day, up to five per week only.
Check by mail
- Deposits: NO
- Withdrawals: Up to two weeks, no cost, minimum $100, maximum $3,000
- Notes: One free check every 30 days, additional checks cost $65 fee via courier instead of regular mail, maximum one check per week
In addition to Bitcoin, there are numerous other cryptocurrencies available for ACR customers, including Voxels, Bitshares, Lbry Credits, SingularDTV, Bitcoin Dark, Swarm City, Match Pool, Mastercoin, Starcoin, Nubits, Peercoin, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Ether, Dash, Lite Coin, ZCash, Komodo, Veri Coin, Blackcoin, and many more. Fees, processing times, and limits may vary.
Representatives are available 24 hours per day via at least one of the following methods:
- Telephone: 1-877-314-4195 or 1-888-878-1350
- Live Chat
- Online message form
Americas Cardroom is the most popular option for American online poker players, and they have quickly taken to the new online sportsbook as well. The site gained much more popularity after Black Friday in 2011, when many American options were removed from the US market, and it continues to attract more players with unique features, big tournament guarantees, lucrative tournament series, and promotions.
One of the biggest benefits for ACR players is the ability to choose from dozens of cryptocurrencies for deposits and withdrawals. It was the first large poker room to offer the choices, and it continues to lead the way by listening to customers and adjusting to meet their needs.
Constant improvements to its proprietary software give players everything from updated avatars to straddle games, all on a platform that has delivered regular updates in the past several years. There have also been recent new security measures taken to protect players due to some DoS attacks that were out of the company’s control. New safety protocols have been implemented to ensure player safety going forward.
The typical ACR customer is a poker player, both recreational and professional, but the new sportsbook is starting to attract attention. While it is not yet standing on its own, it is a welcome addition for poker fans.