SwC Poker Review
Seals With Clubs (SWC) launched in 2011. They were the first bitcoin poker site. I’ve played many hands there but in order to write a balanced review I did extensive research to see what others thought. While doing this I came across both complaints and compliments. I want to share those with you now, before I get to the meat of the review.
The biggest complaints I found are:
- The competition can be stiff during the weekdays. My guess is that this is from the remaining pros that didn’t move out of the USA post-Black Friday.
- Users have to deal with bums – people that would create accounts and troll tables for handouts (free bitcoin).
The most common compliments I found are:
- Super fast deposits and withdrawals. Seals With Clubs quote up to 1 hour for deposits and 12 hours for withdrawals. But it sounds like they beat those times, no sweat.
- Super soft games during the early mornings, late evenings and weekends. I think this offsets the complaints above about stiff games.
- Player to player transfers is allowed. (Most (US) rooms have stopped allowing P2P transfers.)
Overall, users rated Seals With Clubs a 6.4 out of 10. That’s equivalent to a ‘D.’ If we were comparing SWC to, say, Carbon Poker or Bovada, I might agree. But since neither of those rooms take bitcoin, that’s not a reasonable comparison.
Instead, I think we should compare them to another bitcoin poker site, such as Betcoin Poker. In that case I think Seals With Clubs deserves a much higher rating / grade.
How much higher? I’ll get to that in a second. But first, read my review of SWC below to learn more about their promotions, games and software.
Name: SwC Poker
Established year: 2011
Cashout times: Fast
Other crypto currencies accepted: None
PROS VS. CONS
Most highly trafficked bitcoin poker site
Large rakeback percentages on offer
Only bitcoin site with mobile support
Highly trusted brand in the poker community
No first deposit bonus
Games can be a bit tougher during the day time
Software could be better
So-So Software, But Lots Of GTD Tournaments
Now for their software and games. Truth be told, I have mixed feelings about their software. On one hand, they have a download for Windows, Mac and Linux users. They also have an app for Android devices. Those are all great things. GREAT things!
What’s disappointing about the software is how plain it is. It reminds me of the games I played back when computers and the internet were just starting to become more mainstream in the early to mid 90s. I will say this, though – I was shocked at how well it all worked. I had no problems resizing tables, taking notes, turning options on/off, etc. Even the cards moved fast.
Okay… But What About Their Games?
They beat Betcoin Poker in every aspect.
Their cash game stakes range from .01/.02 to 1200/1400. When I last looked there was some action at the lower stakes. There were even squatters at the upper stakes. This is in stark contract to Betcoin where you would be lucky to find a play money table running outside of peak times.
For tournaments you can play SNGs ranging from $2 to $100, and $1,000 for heads up games.
Their multi-table tournaments range from $1 to $250. They run several guarantees throughout the day / week too:
- Big BTC 10,000 GTD
- Nightly 1.5k GTD
- Thursday Smooth 850 GTD
- Friday Special 1.5k GTD
- Late Deep Turbo 300 GTD
- 20 Chip 160 GTD
- 10 Chip Turbo 150 GTD
One thing I didn’t see, though, is freerolls. And I couldn’t figure out how to play for free either, if it’s even an option. So Betcoin is definitely better in that regard, although as most of us want to play real money Bitcoin poker games, that shouldn’t be an issue.
Summary: There’s Room For Improvement, But…
Seals With Clubs isn’t perfect. There’s room for improvement – anyone can see that. They could improve their software, add an iOS mobile app, speed up transfers and offer a deposit bonus. But while those are valid complaints – and are even areas where Betcoin Poker shines – Seals With Clubs has something Betcoin does not.
Traffic. About 3-5x as much.
And all things being equal, traffic is all that matters. Without traffic it doesn’t matter how good your software looks or how much free money you can get. You’ll never get to use it if you can’t sit down to play.
And there’s a better chance of finding a game at Seals With Clubs. That’s why I give them a grade of a B+ and recommend you check them out before Betcoin Poker.