Global Poker is a social poker room owned by Virtual Gaming Worlds (VGW). This Australian-based company developed a sweepstakes-based system that skirts US gambling laws.
As a result, residents of New York (and any other state where online gambling is prohibited) can legally play for cash prizes.
VGW uses a combination of two virtual currencies:
“Sweeps coins” (SC) is redeemable for money, but players can’t purchase it directly for cash. Instead, players must purchase “gold coins” and obtain SC bundled for free, mail a letter to VGW to receive monthly SC, or enter Facebook competitions.
In 2017, VGW took this method into the poker market with Global Poker.
Global Poker offers new players the following welcome bonus offer:
After creating their account, new signups verifying their account via SMS will have the generous no purchase bonus placed in their account.
No, there is no need to use a bonus code in order to get your free $20 Gold Coin Package . Simply use our links to receive the bonus.
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Global Poker’s only rewards system is based on completing achievements, which include missions such as “play 25 hands,” “see 50 flops,” etc.
Other than that, players won’t find any of the usual matched purchase or rake-back promotions at Global Poker.
In order to create a poker account with Global Poker, new players need to fill out a registration form. It is a straightforward process with just the following information is required:
Your personal information, however, will only be verified by Global Poker after you request your first cash-out.
Roughly 80 ring tables are running at Global Poker at any given time, along with about 40 sit ’n go tables and one or two daily tournaments. The available poker variants are:
Only around a third of all tables are occupied during off-peak hours, increasing to about half or more during the busier weekend times.
The site was designed to work well on almost any device, from the oldest desktop computers to the latest tablets. While Global Poker’s tables may not reach the levels of customization available by the big boys such as PokerStars, it should work well for most players.
The rake at Global Poker is a flat 5% on all tables, which is average for US-facing online poker rooms. It’s nice that the company went for a flat rate on every table.
Interestingly, Global Poker also charges a rake on gold coin games, even though the coins aren’t worth anything.
No limit hold ’em, as with most poker sites, is the most populated lobby at Global Poker. Around 50% of the tables are dedicated to this game, and about half of those are busy or full during primetime hours.
Fixed limit hold ’em is a lot less popular, with only 10 or so occupied tables on average. Most tables are empty on weekdays.
Buy-ins start at SC 0.01 and increase to about $10 for non-tournament games on both fixed and no limit tables.
Pot limit Omaha is the second-most popular table type at Global Poker with 25 to 30 tables running here at any one time. On weekdays, don’t expect to see more than a third of them with seated players. However, things look better on weekends.
The lowest buy-in Omaha games start at SC 0.02 — not SC 0.01 as for hold ’em. The highest-buy-in tables stay the same at $10.
In crazy pineapple poker, players are dealt three cards before the flop and need to discard one afterward. This gameplay is the opposite of everyday pineapple poker, where the discard happens before the first round of play.
Crazy pineapple came to Sweeps’ players in November 2018. Before that, it was only available at gold coin tables.
There are around 10 tables of this interesting variant, and on a given weekday, only one or two have players sitting at them.
Buy-ins start at SC 0.02 and go up to a maximum of SC 2.
There are 10 to 15 or more hold ’em tournaments every day at Global Poker and more on the weekends. This sum doesn’t include special entry tables or higher-stakes tournaments with qualifying rounds.
Buy-ins start at SC 0.01 (only one a day) and go up to SC 200-plus for the biggest monthly tournaments. Some of these tourneys come with a guaranteed SC 10,000 prize pool, although the average is closer to SC 1,000 for daily tournaments.
A few times a year, Global Poker hosts a major tournament with monthly qualifying rounds. These tournaments can reach prize pools of up to SC 1 million.
For Omaha fans, there are roughly 10 tournaments a month, with prize pools of up to SC 6,000.
Interested players can even try out one of the monthly crazy pineapple tournaments, although there’s no guarantee that those will fill up before the start time.
Customers don’t purchase SC outright at Global Poker. Instead, it is bundled for free with gold coins purchases in the following denominations:
Players can also purchase 3,750,000 gold coins with no SC for $750. However, we advise against this as the gold coins hold zero monetary value outside of Global Poker.
There is also a grayed-out, high-rollers option, which must be unlocked by becoming a high-rolling player and offers 5 million gold coins and SC 1,000 for $1,000.
Spending is limited to $600 a week, or $2,000 a month until Global Pokers conducts the Know Your Customer (KYC) verification. Then the limit goes up to $5,000 a month.
Going up further than that requires contacting Global Poker support and requesting to become a high-roller. This may entail extra security checks, although Global does not specify what those are in its FAQ section.
Virtual Gaming Worlds operates three separate social gaming sites using the same “sweeps coins” and “gold coins” system.
The oldest of these, Chumba, has been open since 2012 with no legal troubles. Chumba claims it has worked with top lawyers, as well as Skrill and other partners, to ensure the system is watertight.
Lastly, VGW is licensed by the Maltese Gaming Authority. Malta is one of the central hubs for online gambling in Europe, and the MLT license is respected across the continent.
The only way to purchase gold coin packages is through the e-wallet Skrill. Upon its launch, Global Poker was partnered with PayPal, but that changed in early 2018.
Skrill is a popular and secure e-wallet, but it doesn’t enjoy PayPal’s global brand recognition. Visa and Mastercard are also not available.
Lastly, buried in the terms and conditions, there is the option to send VGW a handwritten letter in return for SC 5. Interested customers should mail a letter with their full name and return address on the front, along with: “Sweepstakes Credits,” to:
You need to have at least SC 50 available before you can cash out. There is currently no maximum redemption limit and no fees.
Prize awards should usually process within 24 hours. Once processed, any transactions should be instant as with any e-wallet.
Players must complete KYC procedures before making their first prize claim, which usually take up to 48 hours to process.
Customers can choose to limit their play. The option is under the “Responsible Gambling” section of a given account.
Customers can contact Global Poker via email only, at [email protected]. The company aims to respond to customer queries within a few hours.
The site features a decent range of FAQ that should answer players’ most common questions. However, the lack of a live chat option is still a drawback.
Although Global Poker runs a Facebook account for competitions, Facebook chat cannot be used to discuss account issues or any other support queries. Instead, the agent redirects the player to the support email.