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Yachting Poker Review
Cliffnotes - Yachting Poker is a small upcoming room you may not have heard of yet, with fishy Euro traffic and surprisingly good software, rakeback and support. User reviews have been overwhelmingly positive in the few years the room has been around.
Yachting Poker opened August 12, 2011 as a standalone site on it’s own software platform, purchased from DraculaHoldem and upgraded by the B3W Group. Later on other sites were added with the same software to form a network – the Hive Network.
Yachting is regulated by the LGA in Malta with segregated funds and all the security protocols you’d expect from a poker site. The rooms reputation on forums has been very positive for an otherwise small, relatively unknown room, with excellent support threads on the TwoPlusTwo forums.
Compatible with both Mac and Windows, Yachting Poker’s lightweight software runs quickly and smoothly with no table max and stack / tile capability. See our in-depth Yachting software review for more.
Yachting Poker offers the standard cash games and tournaments you’d expect (NLHE, PLO) at stakes up to €10/20 as well as uncommon formats like Telesina and 32 Card Draw. They also have a fast fold poker format, InstaPoker. See the full games list here.
Games are juicy with a large amount of Italian traffic. Unfortunately Yachting Poker is not open to the USA.
Yachting Poker now has a VIP program rather than flat rakeback (their previous system) but their VIP rewards are very close to rakeback in design – they’re equivalent to 25% cashback at every level, and the lowest level is relatively easy to reach.
Therefore everyone is essentially on the same level, and even with low volume at microstakes you should be able to manage 25% returns, especially as you start off with the €1,200 deposit bonus being equivalent to 25%. Read more in our Yachting rakeback review.
Email support, live chat, and phone support (free call back) are also available daily 08:00 – 00:00 CET.
PokerScout ranks it the #13 highest traffic network at the time of writing, with plenty of 50NL - 200NL action.