Americas Cardroom review
This Americas Cardroom review, that was last updated in 2019, is about one of the most popular online poker sites serving the unregulated USA gambling market.
While there has been slow progress across the USA, with a handful of states now serving up legal poker options, Americas Cardroom has been plying its trade since 2001 and in almost 20 years operation have built up a strong reputation.
This review of Americas Cardroom will run you through what the site has to offer, latest bonuses and promotions and of course all the back end stuff that makes the online poker site tick.
Overview of Americas Cardroom
The popular USA-serving poker website began accepting bitcoin in early 2015, with the website proving to be a hit with users of the cryptocurrency.
With both downloadable software and an instant-play version, as well as the ability to deposit both bitcoin and real money makes Americas a great alternative to the banned PokerStars in the US market.
If you have deposited money at Americas Cardroom before you know the process is extremely simple. With bitcoin when you make your deposit it will be converted into USD.
Americas Cardroom began accepting players from the USA in 2001 and has built a strong following in the states. The only issue has been player withdrawals and it is hoped bitcoin can help with this issue. Although at the time of publication the option to withdraw using bitcoin was not available.
It is important to note that ACR only accepts players from 44 states of the USA, while there are also about 15 countries on the restricted list. The good news is players from Australia and New Zealand can mix it with the US players at Americas Cardroom no problems.
Licenced by the Kahnawake gaming commission, Americas services most of the world and has done since it was founded in 1996. While it does not have the traffic of PokerStars or some of the other bigger websites, it is definitely growing. The team at Winning Poker Network are extremely experienced with operators who have been doing this for years.
Americas Cardroom sign up offer
New online poker players at . This is an extremely generous poker sign up offer and it will be even given to players depositing in bitcoin, with the amount deposited automatically converted into fiat currency in the players account. They will then be awarded the bonus amount.
There is also a player rewards scheme at ACR, with players given cash incentives, with the levels of these increasing as you spend more time and money at the cardroom.
Software and user interface
Downloading the software at Americas Cardroom is the preferred option in our opinion. It’s a small 15.5mb file and once you have it on your computer you have a stable client to play various types of online poker, however this downloadable client is only available for PC users.
If you don’t want to download the client you can play via the instant-play version on AmericasCardroom.eu. This is still very useable, although not quite as aesthetically pleasing as the software. For those on Macs the instant-play option is the only one, with the software being for Windows machines. Although they do have designs on supporting other clients soon.
Once you have downloaded software, which is by Yatahay, you will have access to an extremely functional poker website. The layout is easy to use and if somewhat dated, still very easy on the eye.
Poker available: Texas Hold Em, Omaha & more
Obviously Texas Hold’em is the no.1 game at ACR, with many tournaments, ring games and different limits available for USD players. Of course there are other variations, but you may find there are not many players on the tables in off-peak times. Hopefully this gains traction with the site growing in non-USA markets, particularly in Australia, which was recently shut out of regulated company’s like Pokerstars.
Some of the other types of poker available at ACR are Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud and 32 Card Draw.
The types of tournaments include Sit ‘n Go Satellites, Knockouts, Multi-table and with good variation in buy-ins.
Sportsbook at ACR
Via the Americas Cardroom poker client you can also bet on sports. Although the account balance of the sportsbook side is separate to the poker balance, you can transfer money between the two.
Some of the sports available to bet on include Major League Baseball, NBA, major horse races, NHL and many others. This sportsbook is definitely one to watch, especially if they develop a website, other than the software client.
Depositing at ACR
There are a number of easy deposit methods available to customers of Americas Cardroom, including those based in the USA. These include things like standard credit cards and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
- Credit and debit cards: These are frequently used at Americas Cardroom, but can be problematic if you are in the USA where payment blocking can be active.
- Web Wallets: Web wallets like Skrill, Neteller and EcoPayz are available to players at Americas Cardroom, however US players are unlikely to be able to use these services for gambling transactions.
- P2P Transfer: This is when you transfer money directly to Americas Cardroom, you will have to contact customer service for the current way to use this deposit method.
- Bitcoin: Very popular poker website to play with bitcoin, your balance will be converted to real money before you begin playing. You can also cash out with bitcoin.
You need to visit the cashier section of the client and choose popular e-wallets as your deposit method. Enter the amount of money you wish to deposit in USD and the client will tell you exactly how much bitcoin you need to send. At this point the cashier will provide you with a bitcoin address, copy it and go to your wallet and send amount provided to you earlier.
In a matter of minutes your account balance should be updated to display in USD the amount you deposited. The maximum amount you can deposit in bitcoin is $1000 per day in two transactions. There is a further cap of $4000 per week and finally up to $8,000 in a month
Non-bitcoin deposit methods: Depositing money at ACR is not restricted to bitcoin. You can deposit with Visa, Western Union and eChecks.
Customer support at Americas Cardroom
The customer service at Americas Cardroom is first-rate with most of the staff trained in all areas. Meaning if you go to them with a query, there is every chance they can answer it, or find out for you.
ACR has a live chat option, email address and phone number; although we have heard reports about International player struggling to get through on the phone.