The Winning Poker Network
The Winning Poker Network was originally known as the Yatahay Network. They’re a smaller network with a handful of sites including Americas Cardroom, True Poker, BetCris Poker, BetDSI, Black Chip Poker and BookMaker. Their skins cover the major trinity, poker, sports and casino games.
Today I want to share my review of their software with you. They rolled out an update of their software this last July. Reports from Poker Fuse call this update ‘significant,’ with cash game filters being added, new graphics and animations.
“A lot of blood sweat and tears has gone into this client,” Michael Harris, head of PR at Winning, told pokerfuse.
My goal was to review their software so that I could tell you whether or not their blood, sweat and tears were well spent.
The skins on the Winning Poker Network only have software for PC users to download. They don’t have a flash or java version either. That’s crazy in this day and age, considering that Apple has grown year over year. OSx has an 8% market share according to Wikipedia , and combined with the iPad a 15% share of the computer market. There’s no reason not to have a native Mac download.
Needless to say they don’t have any mobile poker apps.
Available Games & Stakes at Winning Poker Network
For this review I opened up True Poker. With the exception for promotions and whether or not the site offers casino games and sportsbetting, everything else should be the same from one skin to next.
On the Winning Poker Network you’ll have the choice of holdem, omaha, 7-card stud, 32-card poker and Telesina. The stakes start at .05/.10 for holdem and .01/.02 for omaha. It’s interesting that holdem is not available at .01/.02. Maybe they’re taking advantage of the popularity of holdem, while trying to encourage players to try out omaha for cheap?!
If you prefer tournaments, one word of caution – clicking the tournament link opens a new window. This is unnecessary, and annoying since you can’t close the original window without closing the site entirely.
Buy-ins for tournaments will range from freerolls to $200, and you can choose from variations including guarantees, satellites, freerolls, live event packages, knockouts, shorthanded, turbo, hyper turbo and deep stacks. True Poker has a lot of SNGs, but it doesn’t look like they receive a lot of traffic to them.
You can also access the casino and sportsbook from the lobby.
All in all, the network has a good selection of games and stakes, but they lack the traffic to keep these games running consistently. That’s the biggest mark against them, hands down.
Lobby and Table Software Features
The lobby is simple enough to use. At the top of the screen you have tabs for each game, variation and limit. You can also open up a filter which lets you narrow down your search to table size, buy-in, stakes and number of seated players.
Regarding the tables, the themes look good. There are 7 themes you can choose from. I like them because they’re not too cartoony or bright. Instead the colors are dark with smooth gradients. I prefer these tables because they’re not too distracting. They’re great for grinding all day.
The options you’ll find here are standard – things like 4-color decks, sounds, preferred seating, rebuy and top off options. You can stack, tile or cascade your tables too.
What I like most is the hand history replayer. It’s on par with PokerStars. You can review all of your previously played hands, and even upload hand histories. That’s a neat feature you won’t find elsewhere.
Other than the hand history replayer the only unique feature that stuck out to me is the option to straddle.
Last thing – poker tracking programs are compatible and allowed on Winning Poker skins.
What I Like
What I like about the software on WPN is that it’s easy to use and looks good. There are plenty of games, variations and stakes to choose from too. But my favorite part is the hand history replayer, and the ability to upload entire hand histories for review.
What I Don’t Like
Easy – skins on Winning Poker need to add a native Mac download. There’s no reason not to have one, and I would bet that it affects their traffic.