SWC Poker Review
Seals with Clubs were one of the original names in the Bitcoin poker industry, but it was forced to close early in 2015 following a raid by police and the Nevada Gaming Commission. Chairman Bryan Micon was led from his home in handcuffs and wearing nothing but underwear, but no arrests were made.
Within a few months, the site was resurrected as SWC Poker. This new destination offers all the features that made Seals with Clubs the biggest name in the world of Bitcoin gambling, as well as faster software, more games, and an improved visual design.
Poker Games Available
SWC has an impressive array of poker games for their customers to enjoy. Here are the most recent offerings from the site:
- Texas Hold’em – No, No Limit, and Pot Limit
- Omaha Hold’em – Omaha Hi/Low 8-or-Better, Pot Limit Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-Better
- Draw Games – Badacey, Badeucey, Pot Limit 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, NL 2-7 Single Draw
- Stud Games – Stud Hi, Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-Better, Razz
- Mixed Games – HORSE, Dealer’s Choice, Triple Stud, 7 Game, 8 Game, 9 Game, 10 Game, 12 Game
- Chinese Poker – Traditional Chinese Poker, Open Face Chinese, Open Face Chinese Pineapple
Acceptable Forms of Currency
SWC Poker specializes in bitcoin transactions to the exclusion of all else. If you want to use a credit card or cash transfer to fund your account, then you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Since SWC Poker is on the smallish side, don’t expect a lot of fancy promotions and bonus payouts. There’s no free money when you open an account, and you can’t exchange VIP points for merchandise or trips around the globe.
They do award points (known as “krill”) for anyone who’s dealt into a raked ring game hand. These points are cumulative and never reset, and you can achieve rankings that go from “Floundering Seal” to “Grandmaster Seal.” Prizes are also rewarded for the top weekly earners on the krill leaderboard, and these range from 50 to 500 free chips.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach customer service by sending an email. This is currently the only form of contact, although I’m hoping they’ll add an instant chat feature or toll-free number in the future. When I’ve sent questions via email, the longest I’ve had to wait for a response is two hours.
SWC Poker Security
Just like Seals with Clubs before it, SWC Poker takes great pains to provide its customers with peace of mind. Two factor authentication is the norm for all transactions, and most deposited bitcoins are kept in cold storage to stymy potential hackers. Players from all nations are welcome, and no detailed personal information is required in order to sign up (only an email address).
Once a payout is requested, the customer can usually expect to receive their bitcoins in less than an hour. This is a major improvement over traditional poker sites, as they can take weeks to deal with the hassle of financial institutions.
Rake and Rakeback
SWC collects a rake of 2.5%, which is lower than all of the non-Bitcoin poker sites out there. They can undercut the competition because of their adherence to Bitcoin, which allows them to sidestep additional charges from financial institutions and various types of fraud. These savings are passed on to the customer, while the site also makes a tidy profit.
A superior rakeback system is also in place, allowing players to recoup up to 50% of the money they spend on tournament fees and other expenses. If you factor this savings into the original number, it lowers the expected rake to an amazing 1.25%.
While SWC Poker doesn’t get the same level of traffic and mainstream attention as traditional poker rooms, it remains a solid option for anyone using bitcoins as a form of currency. They have a small-but-loyal group of players, as well as enough gaming options to keep you occupied for years to come. Their dedication to anonymity is also a major plus and perfectly in keeping with the philosophy behind the virtual currency.