Highstakes has been operating since 2006 and it is a part of popular Asian GGNetwork that operates on Curacao license. According to the words of poker room’s owners it was created by real game’s experts in order to replace the popular poker rooms which focus mainly on the earnings rather than poker and its development.
The following information is written at the company site: “HighStakes Mission” is to revive poker and let the new generation have a dream about better future and aim for becoming a professional player one day.”
Luke Schwartz, Joseph Cheong and Cole South are the ambassadors of poker room. Also Highstakes has a number of “company’s friends” including Natasha Sandhu, "The Liar", Alexey Shirokov and others.
Highstakes soft review
Interface of Highstakes lobby, like the other tabs of poker room, and the company’s official site is made in dark colors, among which black color prevails. Standard table has a green felt and habitual white cards, however you can set an external view of the table and cards’ deck according to your own preference.
Poker room’s soft is simple and comprehensible, it was made in GGNetwork style.
Highstakes soft has a number of special functions which are absent in other poker rooms, for example:
- Shout Out – is possibility to show your outs for entire table.
- Rabbit Hunt – is the possibility to see what cards would be dealt after fold if the hand was played to the end.
- Straddle – you can make straddle (the third blind).
- Run it Three Times – when you go all-in you can put three boards instead of one in the case if the player who plays against you is not opposed to such a development.
Additional soft in the poker room is prohibited, so you won’t be able to play with Holdem Manager or Poker Tracker at Highstakes. Instead of it, a personal small program Pokercraft for stat tracking is embed in the poker room. Also it is prohibited to use VPN for play (only for access to the site).
You can download and set Highstakes on computer with operating system Windows, Mac, telephones and tablets for Android and IOS.
Highstakes mobile version
You can play Highstakes Poker not only on computer or laptop, but also on smartphones and tablets. Mobile version is inferior to the desktop one, but it is made quite qualitative and allows playing at several tables simultaneously (up to 4).You can download Highstakes on IOS and Android through the official site of company.
Availability of games and poker room’s traffic
Despite of the title “Highstakes”, this poker room is not focused on high-stake players, it is oriented on Asian amateurs. The most active games have over 2 000 players at the table.
There are cash-games in the poker room such as 6-max tables Holdem and Omaha with limits 0,05$/0,10$ – 5$/10$. Also the game with super high stakes is available here, but it is carried out rarely. Every evening thte low limit games (NL10 – NL25) with 20 tables are carried out. In NL50 – NL100 games you can observe 10 tables. On the average, 3 tables are played simultaneously at the high limits.
All-in or Fold
Fast format of “all-in or fold” game means that you can either go all-in or fold your cards in every hand – other variants are not given. The game is carried out in 4-max format in Holdem and Omaha.
Limits in Holdem:
- $0,10/$0,25 (buy-in $2)
- $0,50/$1 (buy-in $8)
- $2/$4 (buy-in $32)
- $5/$10 (buy-in $80)
- $0,25/$0,5 (buy-in $2)
- $1/$2 (buy-in $8)
- $4/$8 (buy-in $32)
Also it is offered the tables in Omaha and Holdem with super high stacks and $1 000 buy-in, but the game is held rarely there.
Every day, the tournaments with different buy-ins are carried out at Highstakes – from the freerolls and satellites to the tournaments with three-figured buy-ins. Sunday High Roller for 500$ is the most expensive event.
The rake percentage at Highstakes is 5% in Holdem and 3% in Omaha, CAP (maximum rake from hand) is $1 – $10 in Holdem and 0 in Omaha.
Rake in Highstakes is extracted according to the principle “loser takes the rake” – the winner takes the pot in hand and pays the rake, loser gets a rakeback. In order to reward weak players, the poker room uses so-called “index of player’s value” (PVI) according to which the rake is accrued (the weaker player – the lower rake is extracted from him).
Deposits and cash-outs
You can deposit your account at Highstakes with the help of credit and debit cards Visa and MasterCard through the payment system Neteller, Skrill, Paysafe card and even Bitcoin (through Bitpay).
After you will use one or another payment method for deposit, an access for its cashing-out will be opened for you.
Also you can make the card HighStakes Mastercard, and with its help you can make withdrawals quickly and profitably: cash-out up to $500 is carried out in a matter of minutes without commissions for currency exchanges and without commissions for withdrawal.
Official site highstakes.com is available in English. You can register at site and download poker room’s client, and also get acquainted with current promotions, ask questions to support service and find out the history of company.
- Freerolls for depositors – make the deposits and get 2 tickets for freerolls every week, where $400 is raffled every month.
- Tournaments leaderboard – the best tournament players share $100 000 between each other every month.
- Cookie Freerolls – play in special freerolls, collect 10 Fortune Cookies and get your part from $30 000 every month.
Also freerolls and satellites are held in the poker room, and profitable VIP-program is available there.
HighStakes loyalty program is markedly different from the one that is operating in other poker rooms of GG Network. VIP program has 5 levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Red) and in order to increase them you should collect special coins - 100 coins for $1 rake. They can be exchanged for the game tickets, vouchers and other things.
Starting level is Bronze. All levels are accrued for the players for a calendar year and every new year, on the 1st of January, it is reset to Bronze.