Last Updated June 2, 2020
Originally Published Jan. 21, 2020
Launched in 2014 with a focus on the Asian markets, GGPoker (referred to interchangeably as GGNetwork or GGPoker Network) has grown incredibly over the last few years to become one of the largest online poker networks in the world.
The network consists of a dozen brands including Natural8 and BestPoker. Its flagship skin, GGPoker, holds a gaming license from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) while other skins are currently licensed offshore in either Curacao or the Philippines.
GGPoker sponsored ambassadors roster includes some of the big names in poker including Daniel Negreanu, Bryn Kenney, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Felipe Ramos, Henri Bühler, Kitty Kuo and most recently, Fedor Holz.
In this article, we provide answers to some the biggest questions that you might have about GGPoker with our in-depth FAQ guide page.
We will be updating this page periodically with all of the latest information, so check back often to keep ahead of your competition.
What Signup Bonuses Are Available at GGPoker?
New players at GGPoker are welcomed with a 100% First Deposit bonus offer up to $600, giving players an instant boost to their bankrolls. Signup and download the software here to get started.
No code is required as players simply have to select “Welcome Bonus” when making their first deposit and the bonus is added to their bonus balance.
The bonus is released in $20 increments and players get 90 days from their first deposit to unlock the full bonus amount.
In addition to the welcome bonus, new players at GGPoker also have the opportunity to win an additional bonus of up to $300 thanks to networks 30-day Honeymoon promotion.
To become eligible for the Honeymoon promo, players must opt into the promotion and complete daily challenges. These challenges range from playing 50 hands at Omaha tables to winning a hand after posting a straddle.
What is GGPoker’s Biggest Weekly Tournament?
GG Masters is the flagship weekly tournament offered by GGPoker. It features a $150 buy-in and a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.
GG Masters is played as a freezeout and until recently was offering players extra value every week in the form of an overlay because it was failing to get enough entries to meet its guarantee. And although more players have been entering, GGPoker has been quick to raise the guarantee to continue to attract players.
You can get all of the important information about the GG Masters on our GG Masters dedicated information page.
GGPoker recently added three new Sunday Majors that they call Multi MILLION$ that are actually the biggest tournaments on their weekly schedule.
Included in Multi MILLION$ are:
- Global MILLION$ featuring a $1 million guarantee for a $100 buy-in
- High Roller MILLION$ featuring a $2 million guarantee for a $500 buy-in
- Zodiac MILLION$ featuring a ¥1 million guarantee (approx. $140,000) for a ¥500 buy-in (approx. $70)
The MILLION$ events are all phased tournaments, meaning they have multiple Day 1s that play out over the course of the week before concluding with Day 2 on Sunday.
What Kind of Promotions Does GGPoker Run?
GGPoker runs a constant stream of promotions covering all game types. From jackpots to cash game promotions, from leaderboard races to online MTT series, GGPoker caters to a wide variety of players with all types of bankrolls.
GGPoker is running the following special promotions in addition to its generous Welcome Bonus:
Daily $15,000 Rush & Cash Leaderboard
The Rush & Cash promotion at GGPoker is all new for June.
Instead of awarding prizes on a weekly basis, the site is now doling out $33,000 daily as a reward for those that play at their fast-fold tables. As per the site, this is the “biggest combined monthly prize yet.”
In addition to the increased prize money, Rush & Cash is now also available for Omaha!
There are separate leaderboards for each stake—for those that play the micros at $0.01/$0.02 up to those that swim in the $1/$2 pool, totaling up to seven leaderboards. These leaderboards reset daily.
Here is how it works: Players earn special points for each Rush & Cash hand they play. At the end of each day, the top players (100 at micro stakes and up to 20 at higher stakes) at each of 7 different leaderboards will earn a cash prize from a minimum of $1 for those that play the micros at $0.01/$0.02 all the way up to $900 for the first place winner at the $1/$2 level.
The number of players that earn cash depends on each leaderboard. For instance, the micro stake and lower stakes ($0.01/$0.02 – $0.05/$0.10) awards top 100 players, mid-stakes ($0.10/$0.25) awards 50 players, higher stakes ($0.25/$0.50 and $0.50/$1) top 30 players and the highest stake ($1/$2) awards top 20 players.
Players earn double points every day at Happy Hours that run from 02:00 UTC to 04:00 UTC.
In addition, the Rush & Cash tables have Cash Drops that rewards up to a whopping 600% rakeback playing at these fast-fold tables also earns you Fish Buffet Points which you can convert to cash.
It even gets more juicier as GGPoker recently dropped rake on its Rush & Cash tables from 6.75% to 5%.
Here are the main points:
- Players earn points for each Rush & Cash hand they play
- Prizes are awarded daily
- There are leaderboards for each stake ($0.01/$0.02 to up to $1/$2)
- Top 100 players to top 20 (depending on the stake) wins the cash
- Double points during Happy Hours from 02:00 UTC to 04:00 UTC
- Rush & Cash is now available for Omaha
The promotion runs until June 30.
#StayHome $100 Freerolls
#StayHome $100 Freerolls are running on GGPoker for an unspecified time, having kicked off on March 27, 2020 in a response to the ongoing lockdown that is forcing people to stay at home due to coronavirus.
Important information about the GGPoker #StayHome $100 Freerolls
- #StayHome Freerolls are running every hour.
- Players do not need to deposit on GGPoker to play.
- GGPoker players will only be able to play in one #StayHome Freeroll per day.
Honeymoon for Newcomers
The Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion from GGPoker is running for accounts created after January 2019. New players must opt in to the promotion which can be found in the poker client lobby. Players will then have three days (from signing up) to activate the promotion.
Up to $300 in rewards will be given away as part of the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion after successful missions have been completed.
The breakdown of missions and corresponding prizes are as follows:
|3||1 Ticket to Omaholic $1|
|7||1 Ticket to T$ Builder $4|
Firstly we have a great article on everything you need to know about the GGMasters Tournament that runs every Sunday on the GGPoker site. The GGMasters features a $150 buy-in, guarantees $500,000 and plays as a freezeout.
But in terms of promotions, there is a Player of the Year Leaderboard race that will give players points throughout the year as they play the GGMasters each week.
Players that finish between second and tenth place will win entries into each of the 2021 GGMasters tournaments worth $7,800.
The Ambassadorship deal that is being given away as part of the leaderboard promotion is worth $500,000.
Is GGPoker a Legal and Regulated Online Poker Site?
GGPoker is legally authorized to offer online poker and games of chance under its Master License of Gaming Services Provider, N.V. License No.: 365/JAZ – Sub-Licence No: GLH-OCCHKTW0706162019 which is issued by the Government of Curacao.
GGPoker is also legally allowed to process financial transactions under its parent company NSUS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, company number: HE396707, registered address: Lykourgou, 38 Athienou, 7600, Larnaca, Cyprus.
To play on GGPoker, players must be at least 18 years old, however if local laws for online gaming require participants from that jurisdiction to be older, the local laws take precedence.
At its own discretion, GGPoker may request proof of age and identity.
People from jurisdictions where online poker and other forms of online gaming are prohibited or otherwise illegal are not allowed to download the software, open an account, or play on GGPoker. Doing so violates the terms of the User Agreement.
People are responsible for complying with laws that govern their participation on GGPoker. However, GGPoker prohibits the use of its services by people in the following countries:
- Norfolk Island
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- South Sudan
- United States of America
Is GGPoker Legal in the USA?
As of April, GGPoker is not yet legal in the United States, but its parent company, NSUS Group Inc currently has an application pending with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to offer online poker and other forms of interactive gaming in the state of Pennsylvania. The application has been under review of the PGCB since December 20, 2019.
Can You Play GGPoker in the US?
Players in the US who are hoping for part of the GGPoker action are out of luck and cannot currently play on the GGPoker site or associated skins if they live in the United States of America.
There are hopes that GGPoker will enter the regulated market of Pennsylvania, as they have an application pending with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to offer online poker in the state, but currently there is no timeline on when this will get approved.
GGPoker is a relative newcomer to the online poker space, having launched back in 2017 in the Asian and then dot-com markets. As such, it is not surprising that GGPoker is still waiting for approval to offer online poker in the US markets, as US online gambling markets are notoriously difficult to navigate with lots of jumping-through-hoops required. In most cases, online gaming operators must partner with a bricks and mortar casinos within the state in order to get licensed and regulated.
Although GGPoker has had an application pending with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board since December 20, 2019, there is no word on who the online poker operator would partner with in terms of a land-based casino within the state.
US players are sure to be chomping at the bit to get a chance to play on the GGPoker site, so approval can’t come soon enough.
GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu, who lives in the United States of America, is a high profile advocate of the site and drums up lots of interest for GGPoker on his social media accounts—a huge following of which will be made up of Americans looking to play on the site. When approval comes it is sure to be met with a surge of interest from US players.
Can I Play on GGPoker From a Mac iOS Computer?
Yes, you can absolutely play GGPoker from a Mac computer. GGPoker software is also compatible with PC computers.
You can “download the iOS software here”:/go/ggpoker-inpage and follow these instructions:
- Drag the Icon to your “Application” folder on your computer
- Click on “Sign Up” and a new window will pop up.
- You will be prompted to set a Username and password along with adding your personal information. Then click “Create Account.”
- Then you will be prompted to set your location, and choose an avatar and nickname.
- You are now done and ready to play.
Can I Use Hold’em Manager While Playing on GGPoker?
No, you cannot use the Hold’em Manager software while playing on GGPoker. All third party tools are strictly prohibited, but the online poker operator has created its own tracking and replay tool called PokerCraft.
PokerCraft is available to all players on GGPoker and allows them to filter and analyze all of the hands they have played on the site. By analyzing the hands that you have played, you can learn to improve your play and you can even share some fun (or not so fun) moments with friends on social media directly from the tool.
How Much Rakeback Does GGPoker Offer in Rewards? How Does it Work?
GGPoker’s rewards program is called Fish Buffet. Players earn up to 50% rakeback on their rake through this dynamic rewards program.
Every player who signs up on GGPoker automatically gets enrolled into the Fish Buffet program. Players earn 1 Fish Buffet Point (FP) for every $0.01 they generate in rake. The more they play, the bigger the rewards are.
The program consists of 25 different levels with each level having different FP and time limit requirements.
The entry-level is Plankton which rewards up to 15% cashback. Players need to earn just 500 FP within 24 hour period to earn a prize that ranges from $0.50 to $1.50.
The mid-level Crab tier awards anything between $5 to $25 for 5000 FP while the Shark—the highest tier— rewards prize between $100 to $1000.
What Type of Cash Games Are Offered at GGPoker?
GGPoker offers both Hold’em and Omaha variants in cash game format with tables running around the clock. Besides, regular cash games, GGPoker also offers fast-fold cash game format which the network calls Rush & Cash.
What Cash Game Stakes Are Offered at GGPoker?
Hold’em tables on GGPoker start at $0.05/$0.10 and go all the way up to $5/$10. Players can buy-in for a minimum of 20 big blinds and a maximum of 100 big blinds.
Also, there are Super High Stakes games available with an unlimited buy-in option. Blinds at these tables range from $25/$50 up to $100/$200.
Omaha tables are available starting at $0.05/$0.10 and run as high as $10/$20. Players can buy-in for a minimum of 10 big blinds. Super High Stakes are also available for Omaha with unlimited buy-in and stakes ranging from $25/$50 up to $50/$100.
Is Short Deck Offered on GGPoker?
Yes, GGPoker does offer Short Deck poker. It is available in both as a cash game and in tournament format.
Short Deck on GGPoker is played 5-handed with antes. There is no small or big blind, instead, every player on the table pays an ante and the button pays an additional ante. Buy-ins are fixed at 50 antes ranging from ¥50 (approx $7) to ¥50,000 (approx $7240).
Are Sit N’ Gos (SNGs) Available on GGPoker?
Sit N’ Gos are only available as satellites to MTTs.
Does GGPoker Offer Jackpot-based Sit & Gos?
Yes, GGPoker recently relaunched Jackpot-based Sit & Gos under the name “Spin & Gold.”
The game is set up much like other lottery sit and go games: Three-handed, fast-structured format, where the jackpot prize is randomized at the start of each tournament.
It is currently spread in four different buy-ins: $1, $5, $20, and $50 with each of them awarding prize pools randomly between 2x and 12,000x. Players can win up to $12,000 in a $1 buy-in game and $600,000 in a $50 buy-in game.
Spin & Gold comes with a couple of twists including an optional insurance feature, allowing players to win back the buy-in should a 2x multiple jackpot prize hit. Furthermore, the game also comes with in-game special challenges, allowing players to earn an additional cashback of up to 60%.
More details about Spin & Gold can be found here.
Does GGPoker Offer A Fast-Fold Poker Variant Cash Game?
Yes, GGPoker does offer fast-fold cash game variant. The network calls it Rush & Cash and it comes with a unique twist, a mechanism that rewards players with the equivalent of 65% rakeback by periodically adding money to the pot at the start of the hand called Cash Drops.
What Payment Methods Are Available at GGPoker?
GGPoker supports a wide variety of payment systems including:
The availability of these payment methods depends on the player’s location.
Can I Use HUDs or Other Third-Party Tools at GGPoker?
The use of HUDs or third-party tools including seating scripts is strictly prohibited as long as GGPoker client is running. GGPoker has its own in-house HUD as well as a poker tracking tool called PokerCraft.
Is GGPoker Available in My Region?
GGPoker accepts players from most parts of the world except for the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Cuba, Curacao, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Norfolk Island, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, United States of America, Yemen.
Players in countries with segregated player pools such as France, Italy, Portugal, Spain are also prohibited from opening an account on GGPoker.
What Makes GGPoker Different From Other Online Poker Rooms?
GGPoker boasts many unique and innovative features not seen anywhere in the industry. It touts its own poker analysis and financial tool, PokerCraft, available to all players. The network also has its own built-in HUD with basic statistics on opponents such as lifetime tournament winnings and win/loss personal record in cash games, preflop playing style, and how frequently a player pushes all-in by table position at AoF tables, etc.
Another cool feature that the network supports is the Tournament Staking platform where players can sell their tournament action to other players or stake others.
GGPoker also features an All-In Insurance feature allowing players to protect themselves from a bad beat by insuring their hands. Additionally, the network also supports
- Run it Thrice
- Rabbit Hunt
- Bubble Protection
- Card Squeezing
- Smart Betting
- and many other industry-first features.
There Is More Than $20 Million a Month in Guaranteed Tournaments on GGpoker. Can This Be Real?
This is absolutely the case.
Thanks to the revamped weekly tournament schedule, each month over $20 million is guaranteed and up for grabs on GGPoker.
Changes to Daily Turbo, Daily Hyper, Bounty Hunters tournaments along with the Sunday schedule that features the lucrative GGMasters have all helped create this bumper guarantee amount.
GGPoker’s Sunday line up now has $2 million in guarantees each week. This is spread across 174 tournaments, running every 15 minutes from 12:00 UTC to midnight UTC.
Highlights on a Sunday Now include:
- 174 tournaments, $2 million guaranteed in total
- GGMasters $500,000 Guaranteed
- Buy-ins range from $2 to $5000
- Four $5K events and three $1K events
- Tournament types include High Rollers, Progressive Knockouts, Freezeouts, Turbos and more
- 300 satellites in total