GGPoker quickly rocketed to the top tier of global poker sites. As a global partner with the World Series of Poker, GGPoker established itself as an industry leader in 2020 with the global portion of the online WSOP.
The growth exploded in 2020 when GGPoker partnered with the World Series of Poker (WSOP). After Covid-19 shut down the globe, GGPoker stepped up to the plate, providing a platform for the WSOP to move online for 2020, and the result was huge, including the largest online prize pool in history.
The huge growth has attracted some of the biggest names in the game to the brand as ambassadors. Among the players to lend their names to the GGPoker brand are Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, and Fedor Holz. Felipe Ramos leads the brand in the Brazilian market, while Mikhail “Innerpsy” Shalamov and Anatoly Filatov represent the operator in Russia.
As the premier skin on the GGNetwork, GGPoker shares a global player pool across several other skins, including Natural8, making them a natural online partner for major live tours forced online. Everything has come together to push GGPoker into the top-tier of online poker.
New players at GGPoker have a choice of bonuses to welcome them to the platform. Players can choose between $100 in rewards, or a 100% deposit match up to $600.
To claim one of the Welcome Bonuses:
Details for Deposit Bonus:
It is important to note that GGPoker uses the net rake model. The calculation of the total rake paid is influenced by tournament overlays, payment fees, and other factors, so the amount of rake you pay may be different from the total amount used to calculate the bonus playthrough.
The best way to keep track is by using Fish Buffet points. You are awarded 100 points for every $1 in net rake paid, so every time you collect 2000 Fish Buffet points, you will unlock $5 in bonus funds.
If you prefer the other options, you will need to make a deposit of at least $20 and choose $100 in rewards. GGPoker will give you $40 worth of Spin & Gold tickets, with the opportunity to earn $45 more in cash.
Spin & Gold tickets are distributed as follows:
|GGPoker Spin & Gold tickets|
|Day 1||10 tickets worth $9.50 in total|
|Day 2||11 tickets worth $5 in total|
|Day 3||10 tickets worth $4|
|Day 4||11 tickets worth $5 in total|
|Day 5||9 tickets worth $6.50|
|Day 6||9 tickets worth $10 in total|
To get the extra cash, you will need to join All in or Fold tables (AoF) and play the designated number of hands every day. With every new milestone you reach, you will unlock the next reward.
|GGPoker AoF Challenge|
|Day 1||Play 100 AoF hands||Claim $2|
|Day 2||Play 200 AoF hands||Claim $4|
|Day 3||Play 300 AoF hands||Claim $6|
|Day 4||Play 400 AoF hands||Claim $8|
|Day 5||Play 500 AoF hands||Claim $10|
|Day 6||Play 1000 AoF hands||Claim $15|
Finally, if you successfully complete all six challenges in six days, you will also receive a $15 ticket to GGMasters Satellite.
So, the total value of this bonus package is $100, provided you manage to clear all the challenges. But, even if you do not hit all the targets, any extra cash you manage to unlock along the way is yours to keep.
GGPoker also runs various time-sensitive promotions, so be sure to check GGPoker before you create your account.
The Fish Buffet is your chance to earn cashback just by playing. On average, for every $1 spent on poker rake or tournament fees, players earn 100 Fish Buffet Points (FP). Actual points may vary depending on factors like game type. Players also earn FPs by wagering on casino games.
Players start as Plankton, and work their way up the food chain to Shark based on the number of points they earn. The higher up the food chain you go, the more rewards you’ll earn in the form of cashback and free tickets.
The highest cashback level is 60% for the premier GGPlatinum level, with lower Platinum levels paying out from 35% to 55%. Platinum level players also qualify for Flat Cashback Weekly Payout while lower levels spin for their prizes.
Players can choose to move up or down the ranks, choosing rewards that best suit their play style and volume. For example, all Octopus, Crab, Shrimps can switch to Platinum Fish, while all Whales can switch to Platinum Octopus. Equally, you can move down – a Platinum Fish can drop back to Bronze Shrimp to work for a higher level, and a Platinum Octopus can move down to Bronze Whale.
Start your journey up the poker food chain. With the new Fish Buffet, you can go from Plankton to Platinum Shark in no time.
Something that many players do not know is that GGPoker uses the Player Value Index (or PVI for short) when calculating your rake contribution. What this means is that the exact amount paid in rake does not necessarily have to correspond with the amount of rake calculated by the room.
Nobody knows exactly how the PVI works as the company is keeping it somewhat secretive. What is known is that there are several different tiers and the rake contribution will depend on the tier the player is placed into.
In a nutshell, you could pay $1000 in rake, for example, but the room will only count it as $600 or $700 (on the low end) or as much as $1300+ (on the high end).
Again, the whole system is not very transparent, but the gist of it is that casual and losing players generally get a higher PVI, while winning regulars are stuck with a lower PVI. This is important because the index also influences the collection of Fish Buffet points, which directly influences the amount of rakeback one can expect to receive.
GGPoker is not the only poker site to use this system. Many operators have adopted a similar approach in the recent years, looking to balance things and offset casual players’ losses by providing them with better rewards.
Whether the PVI system is fair or not? The jury is still out on that one.
GGPoker offers a wide range of promotions, including leaderboards and daily prizes. The operator also offers specific promotions that are time-sensitive, so check back regularly on the main GGPoker webpage for details on current promotions.
GGPoker welcomes new players in style with their rather unique, entertaining, and quite rewarding Honeymoon promo. In total, this promotion offers up to $300 worth of free stuff, so those new to the site really get to reap special benefits. It is a proper honeymoon period.
To get started, you will need to manually register for the promo. This is easy enough to do from your GGPoker account, and there is even a special floating icon reminding new players to get involved. Simply click “*Start Honeymoon*” on the home page and you are all set.
Once done, you will get access to daily missions. Completing these will unlock access to special rewards, ranging from Spin & Gold tickets, over tournament dollars, to straight up cash.
There are 30 missions in total and several thresholds along the way. Naturally missions get harder with time, but so do the rewards for the next milestone. To give you an idea of what to expect, it could be as simple as showing your hand after winning a pot without showdown or playing a certain number of hands at PLO tables.
The total value of the Honeymoon promo will depend on the number of missions you get to complete within 30 days. This is how things break down:
|GGPoker Honeymoon for Newcomers|
|Complete 3 missions||Get 4x $0.25 Spin & Gold tickets|
|Complete 5 missions||Receive $2.50 in cash|
|Complete 7 missions||Claim 5 Spin & Gold tickets worth $1 each|
|Complete 15 missions||Receive $12.50 in tournament dollar (T$)|
|Complete 20 missions||Get another $20 in cash|
|Complete 25 missions||Grab T$120|
|Complete all 30 missions||Receive final $150 in cash|
Keep in mind that you need to manually start the Honeymoon promotion, and you need to do so within seven days from first logging into GGPoker. If you do not do it within this time frame, the promo will expire and will no longer be available to you.
Players who log in every day are eligible for the Daily Freebie. Simply log in at least once per day, and you can claim your freebie from the promo section.
Those with some time on their hands and looking to put in a serious grind are going to love the GGPoker Spin & Gold Challenge. It is a fairly time-demanding promo, but if you are about to put in a big session anyways, why not earn some extra cash along the way?
The main goal of these challenges is to collect the selected number of gold coins to receive your reward. The time spent on the grind, the buy-in of the tournaments, as well as your finishing position determine the number of gold coins you receive at the end of every Spin & Gold.
There are all sorts of challenges to choose from, so you can pick the one that seems realistic and you believe you can finish. The toughest challenge requires you to play eight hours straight and collect 35,000 in gold, but the biggest prize you can claim is $500, so it is worth the effort.
It is important to note that once you opt for a particular challenge, you are locked in. Of course, you are free to stop the challenge at any time, but all gold coins collected up to that point will be lost.
As you probably know, GGPoker has partnered up with the World Series of Poker to be their online partner for the rest-of-the-world market. Thus, they are the only poker site outside of the US that gives you a chance to compete for real-life WSOP bracelets and WSOP Circuit rings.
In May of 2021, GGPoker is hosting a series of WSOPC events, including the $525 Main Event with $5,000,000 guaranteed. There are 18 events in total spread across the series, and all winners will receive their WSOPC rings alongside cash prizes.
The Main Event winner will also receive an invitation to join Team Champions. The player will receive a $50,000 sponsorship from GGPoker and join one of the biggest online poker sites on the planet. The room clearly has plans to continue doing this in the future as well, looking to build a team of successful poker players to carry their banner.
But that is not all!
For the first time ever, cash game players also have a chance to win a WSOPC ring. The site will keep track of all players across Hold’em, PLO, and PLO5 cash tables and calculate their Weighted BB (big blinds won per 100 hands).
There will be separate leaderboards for Hold’em and PLO games. Nine players topping each of the leaderboard will be invited for the ultimate cash game session. Session winners will receive $2600 in cash and WSOPC rings.
GGPoker also features a great number of special jackpots players can win along the way. This adds some excitement to the sessions and gives everyone a chance to win big in a single (un)lucky hand.
There are Leaderboards galore on GGPoker, so no matter what you play, you can likely compete for extra prizes through Leaderboards. Play for the top of the board in cash games like Rush & Cash, Hold’em, Omaha, and Short Deck, as well as tournament formats like Spin & Gold, and Flip & Go, with Leaderboard values up to $50,000.
GGPoker has some of the best tournaments in the online game right now. As the global home for brands like WSOP, including Circuit, the operator deals some of the biggest online games you’ll find.
In addition to massive series from their big partner brands, GGPoker runs regular weekly series such as the GGMasters and MILLION$.
GGMasters is a weekly series of freezeout games with regular buy-ins of $25, with bigger games on Sunday.
|GGMasters Double Stack||Monday-Saturday||Freezeout||$25||$30k to $40k|
|GGMasters Asia||Monday-Saturday||Freezeout||$25||$25k to $30k|
|GGMasters Bounty||Monday-Saturday||Freezeout||$25||$40k to $60k|
|GGMasters Fast||Monday-Saturday||Freezeout||$25||$25k to $40k|
|GGMasters Daily||Monday-Saturday||Freezeout||$25||$50k to $75k|
|GGMasters High Rollers||Sunday||Freezeout||$1,050||$1,000,000|
Every Saturday, players have a chance to Beat the Pros. For a $210 buy-in, players will be sitting down with some of the best in the game. If you manage to eliminate any of the Pros (look for nicknames in blue, yellow, or purple to identify your targets) you’ll be awarded a free ticket to the $5,000 Beat the Pros Winners’ Freeroll.
The Winners’ Freeroll ticket will be for the week following and starts at the same time as the main game. Beat the Pros is your chance to play against your poker heroes, and win a nice prize for eliminating one.
The MILLION$ is a weekly tournament series with more than $4 million guaranteed at 4 different levels. In addition to the Global MILLION$ detailed below, there is also Zodiac MILLION$ for the Asian market with ¥1,000,000 guaranteed for ¥588 entry fee.
There are bigger games on offer as well. The High Roller MILLION$ costs $525 to enter with $1.5 million guaranteed, while the big game is the Super MILLION$ with $2 million guaranteed for $10,300.
|Day||Time (GMT)||Tournament Name||Buy-in||GTD|
|Sun||20:00||Global MILLION$, $1M GTD [Day 1]||$108||$1,000,000|
|Mon-Sat||12:00||Global MILLION$, $1M GTD [Day 1]||$108||$1,000,000|
|Mon-Sat||16:00||Global MILLION$, $1M GTD [Day 1]||$108||$1,000,000|
|Mon-Sat||20:00||Global MILLION$, $1M GTD [Day 1]||$108||$1,000,000|
|Sun||12:00||Global MILLION$, $1M GTD [Day 1]||$108||$1,000,000|
|Sun||14:00||Global MILLION$, $1M GTD [Day 1]||$108||$1,000,000|
|Sun||16:00||Global MILLION$, $1M GTD [Day 1 LAST CHANCE]||$108||$1,000,000|
|Sun||18:30||Global MILLION$, $1M GTD [Final Day]||$108||$1,000,000|
The Flip & Go format is unique to GGPoker. Players can choose to buy-in with one to eight stacks, and the tournaments start with a skill-based flip-out portion at the beginning where players are dealt three cards and have 30 seconds to discard one. From that point on, every hand is automatically all-in, and the winner of each table is already in the money.
Once table winners have been determined from the all-in phase, remaining players are all in the money. From there, the game plays like a normal tournament where players start with an average of 40 big blinds. Flip & Go is a great way to spice up your regular tournament schedule with a faster paced game.
Spin & Gold is GGPoker’s version of a jackpot sit & go format. These three-handed, hyper-turbo games have a few twists at GG though. The biggest switch-up may be the Insurance feature.
Generally, spinning a 2x prize in a jackpot format is a losing proposition. In GG’s Spin & Gold, however, spinning a 2x prize pool immediately activates the insurance feature which, if players chose to opt in at the start, pays back the buy-in and insurance cost, rendering the game an effective freeroll.
The other main difference with Spin & Gold is a flatter prize structure. The prizes for the lower buy-in games remain a winner-takes-all affair, but the 10x and 25x prize pool levels pay out two spots, and for the biggest prize pools, all three players are guaranteed to get money out of the game.
Spin & Gold games are as cheap as $.25, and buy-ins go up to $200 with up to $1 million in possible prizes.
GGPoker offers cash games in a variety of formats. Choose between Hold’em, Omaha, and Short Deck, as well as the fast-fold format of Rush & Cash and the innovative All-in or Fold.
In the regular cash games, there is as much as $20,000 in extra bonus money guaranteed through Daily Leaderboards. Both Omaha and Hold’em cash games have $20,000 in extra prizes, while Short Deck cash games have $10,000 added each day for the best performers.
Rush & Cash is GGPoker’s version of the fast-fold cash game. As with other versions of fast-fold, players can opt to fold their cards immediately and move to a new hand, but there’s a twist at GG. Players in the Rush & Cash format can earn the equivalent of 65% rake-back through periodic cash drops that randomly add money to pots at the start of the hand.
Rush & Cash is available for as low as $.01/$.02 up to the $1/$2 level, and has both hold’em and Omaha varieties.
If you are looking for even faster action, All-in or Fold has you covered. In these four-handed games, you only have two options for any given hand. As the name implies, you can go all-in, or fold your hand.
Buy in for eight big blinds, and the action takes off. As you win hands, you can remove chips over eight big blinds from the table to protect your winnings, or just roll it all into the next hand.
Added to the prizes available at the tables, players have a shot at jackpot prizes with every all-in. The jackpot builds all the time, with 50% of the fee for all games adding to the total. To win your share of the jackpot, just hit a straight flush in hold’em (using both your hole cards) or a royal flush in Omaha (using two of your hole cards).
GGPoker runs on some of the best software in the business, with innovative features not found on any other platform. Hosting the 2020 WSOP helped stabalize the platform with high volume leading to a modern platform that is highly stable.
They haven’t sacrificed innovation for stability though. The GGPoker platform hosts unique features not seen anywhere else.
The Staking Platform is biggest innovation on the GGPoker Network. This feature give players a new way to sweat the poker action.
As a Seller, you can sell up to 90% of your action for whatever markup you see fit. For example, if you sell action in a $10 buy-in at a 2x markup, a Buyer can buy 5% of your action for $1. If you cash for $100 in the tournament, the buyer is entitled to 5% of your winnings, or $5.
As a buyer, you can scour the Staking boards to buy a piece of friends, rivals, or poker heroes. Buy pieces as small as 1% (or .1% for games bigger than $5,000), or buy up everything on offer, and you’ll have a chance to share in whatever winnings your horse brings in.
Once a stake is purchased, it is generally non-refundable. However, sellers can cancel the sale of action, or unregister from the target tournament, before the start of action, or the tournament may be cancelled for unforeseen circumstances. In these cases, purchased stakes will be refunded.
GGPoker helps make the experience of bubbling a tournament less painful with Bubble Protection. Just register any eligible tournament before it starts, and you are protected from bubbling.
From one to 10 players will get their buy-in back in Tournament Dollars (T$) depending on the number of original entries. Bubble Protection is available regardless of whether you buy in with cash or T$.
Tournaments with Bubble Protection:
GGPoker prohibits the use of third-party applications like Heads Up Displays (HUDs), but they offer an in-game solution to scratch your itch for data on your opponents. The Smart HUD is built into the platform, so it is always on.
The Smart HUD is available for cash games, All-In or Fold, and Tournaments, each tailored to the specific game. For cash games, your overall record against the villain will be displayed, along with your three biggest hands against them
For All-In or Fold, you will see total jackpot winnings for your opponent, as well as their* latest jackpot hands* and their hand distribution.
For Tournaments, expect to see your opponent’s total tournament winnings, as well as their current leaderboard rankings and r*esults from the last five tournaments* they played.
The modern online player hungers for information about their opponents. The Smart HUD provides an in-game way to keep abreast of the villain’s tendencies so you don’t have to bet in the dark.
Players can withdraw funds from GGPoker very easily and securely. GGPoker employs a “closed-loop” deposit and withdrawal strategy whereby players can generally only withdraw using the same method through which they deposited.
Deposit and withdrawal options vary depending on where you are playing from, but generally are available using e-wallets, credit cards, and bitcoin. Withdrawals may take a few days to process, but usually happen withing 24 hours of the request. GGPoker adds a $1 processing fee to withdrawals, in addition to any fees charged by the organization your withdrawal is headed to.
Generally players can withdraw up to $15,000, but it is possible to increase this amount for big wins. Just contact support to increase the limit when you hit the big score!
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 also has licenses for various global player groups through the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and UK Gambling Commission.
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:
New players can choose from two welcome bonus options at GGPoker. One option is fairly standard and similar to what is offered by other rooms, while the other one is geared more towards casual players with smaller bankrolls:
The deposit bonus is released in $5 increments for every $20 in rake paid. The other option starts players with $40 worth of Spin and Gold tickets with an option to win up to $45 more in cash playing on All-In or Fold tables and a $15 ticket to GGMasters satellite.
The room offers a rich variety of promotions across the board. New and existing players alike can take advantage of these to boost their bankrolls and get their hands on some extra cash.
GGPoker features a loyalty program called Fish Buffet. It is a multi-tiered rewards system, allowing players to earn up to 60% in rakeback. The higher you get in the program, the better rewards you can expect.
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 and Spain are also prohibited from opening an account on GGPoker.
As of February 2021, GGPoker is not yet legal in the United States. However, NSUS Group is approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for Interactive Gaming Manufacturer license in the state of Pennsylvania. This means its software can be used by a licensed operator to offer online poker and casino games in the state of Pennsylvania.
However, for the company to launch its own brand in PA, it would need an Interactive Gaming Operator’s license and would have to form a partnership with a local land-based casino or one of the approved Qualified Gaming Entities. Alternatively, it could license its software to another operator.
Read our GGPoker Pennsylvania FAQ for more details.
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.
You can download the software here and follow these instructions:
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.
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.
GGPoker supports a wide variety of payment systems including:
The availability of these payment methods depends on the player’s location.
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
The Player Value Index is a system used by GGPoker to determine how the rake contribution by every individual player is calculated. Players are set in certain value tiers based on their overall record – amount of play, deposits, withdrawals, etc.
Basically, with this system, casual players get more rewards as their rake contribution is calculated at a higher value. Conversely, winning players receive fewer Fish Buffet points for the same amount of rake paid.
The PVI system is bit controversial, especially since no one knows exact details of how everything works. However, it is something you need to be aware of when playing at GGPoker as it can ultimately influence your rakeback.
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