Boyle Poker Review

Rating: 7
Boyle Poker Review
  
A great option for players from UK & Ireland

Boylepoker is operated by BoyleSports, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker. The company has over 800 employees and 140 retail branches.

The poker skin sponsors 2008 World Series of Poker Pot Limit Omaha bracelet winner Marty Smyth, young Irish poker player John O’Shea and Nicky Power, the winner of the 2005 Macau Winter Festival Main Event.

  • A Major Established & Reputable Brand In Ireland.
  • Great Site for Players Looking To Satellite into Live Games
  • They Have a Very Good VIP System
  • Money Added Games On a Weekly Basis.

 

Boyle Poker

Boylesports is an independent Irish bookmaker which was established in the late 1980’s by John Boyle. Before long Boylesports became one of the big three leading bookmakers in Ireland, along with Paddy Powers and Ladbrokes. In 2011 Boylesports saved over 150 jobs in the industry by taking over both William Hill and Celtic Bookmakers shops and is now regarded as Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker. Boylesports currently have close to 200 shops across Ireland while also trying to break into the UK market.

Boylesports have become big players in the sports industry with regards sponsorship in recent years. From 2007 to 2010 they were the official club sponsor of Premier League football club Sunderland. This certainly helped them reach the UK market and beyond, gaining many customers for their excellent online sports book. Boylesports are also a prominent sponsor in the realm of horse racing. Over the years they have had a presence at racecourses such as Cheltenham and Newmarket and have had title sponsorship of the opening day at the Leopardstown Festival since 2011.

Both Nicky Power and John O’Shea are household names on the Irish poker scene and have been long term sponsored players representing the Boylesports brand.

Nicky, known for his great table banter and personality, final tabled the Irish Open back in 2007. He has been a fixture at all poker events in Ireland since then and certainly represents the Boyles brand very well.

O’Shea, as well as being a regular in the high stakes Pot Limit Omaha games online, has some great tournament results to his name also. This includes final tabling the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship Event in Las Vegas and most recently taking down the Boylesports sponsored International Poker Open in Galway for €21,780. You can find both of their highly entertaining blogs on the Boylesports website which are updated frequently.

The IPO, which Boylepoker sponsor, boasts consistently large field sizes and attracts many players from France, Belgium and the UK among others to Irish shores for a modest buy-in of €230. It has recently expanded from a one-yearly event in Dublin to a tour of events around Ireland and an event in London.

Software / Colour Scheme / User interface

Boylesports online poker room is part of the iPoker network and therefore uses the nice, simple and fast Playtech engine. This allows users to play up to 16 resizable tables with many customizable features such as avatars, notifications and decks as well as a number of other table features to make you comfortable in your session.

As all iPoker skins do, Boyles have the poker client designed and themed with their brand. It is very easy on the eye in comparison to a few other sites. As expected, the blue of Boylesports plays a major part along with dark grey and black which all work very well together in my opinion. The tables themselves are designed with different shades of blue with yellow and white writing for player names and stack sizes. One of my favourite things about the tables is that the logo, although noticeable, is not as in your face as other skins can be.

iPoker as a network offer a wide variety of cash games, tournaments and sit & goes. If you are looking for games outside of the norm why not try out their Speed Poker cash games, anonymous tables or their new Twister Poker 3 handed Sit & Go tournaments which offer an exciting twist with different jackpots to be won.

Mobile Option

Boylesports don’t currently offer any mobile option for poker. Their sports book does however have a very nice, reliable mobile client.

Skin specific bonus information

Boylepoker offers a 200% first deposit bonus up to €/£/$ 1,000. This means that a deposit of £500 will trigger the maximum bonus of £1,000. Any larger deposit won’t gain you any additional benefits when it comes to the deposit bonus. Each player has 60 days to clear their deposit bonus. Along with the bonus offer, you will also receive €5 worth of tournament tokens as a thank you for depositing on Boyle Poker.

The bonus will be released in increments of $10 for every 700 iPoints earned, €10 for every 880 iPoints earned and £10 for every 1,100 iPoints earned. This means to clear the full bonus you will need to pay $3,500 in rake over the course of the 60 days.  Even though this will seem like a lot and perhaps unrealistic  for the majority of players, as the bonus is released in such small increments it is one of the best on the market. The bonus alone will give you up to 30% rakeback while you are clearing it. This is what makes it a great option for those of you looking to bounce around to different skins taking advantage of the generous new player offers.

Skin specific loyalty info

Boylepoker have a nine tier VIP system. The levels range from the entry level of Iron right up to the peak of Diamond. Each level of the system earns you a higher reward. Boylepoker's system is slightly complicated in that your status is based on your last two months of play. It is a combination of all of the points you earn in the previous month plus 30% of the points you earned in the month prior to that. I have outlined in a table below each level, the points required and the reward for reaching each.

Level Name Points Required Rewards
1 Iron 0 $0
2 Mercury 100 $2
3 Copper 500 $10
4 Bronze 2,000 $25
5 Silver 5,000 $50
6 Gold 15,000 $150
7 Platinum 25,000 $300
8 Platinum Plus 50,000 $700
9 Diamond 100,000 $1,500

Points are earned at a rate of 20 points per $1 paid in rake. So just $5 in rake or tournament fees per month is required to reach the Mercury status.

Skin specific games

One of the main advantages of playing on Boylepoker, especially for Irish players, is that they are heavily involved in the grassroots of Irish poker. Quite often they will run skin-only satellites to different tournaments around the country, such as the recent Macau festival in Cork along with the JP Masters in Dublin.

As well as these tournaments, they also offer very regular satellites to the Boylepoker International Poker Open. As I mentioned earlier, this has now turned into a tour across Ireland and the UK. There are many incentives to grind the satellites to this on Boyles. They run satellite leagues for people that want to win more than one seat.

Along with the satellites they offer a “Last Men Standing” promotion for IPO tickets. This involves a player needing to earn 100 iPoints each day. If they miss a day they are eliminated. A seat is awarded for every 10 players that opt in to the promotion. For their last even they even added 20% onto your cash at the IPO if you had qualified online.

Other than the live events, Boyles also have their skin-only online games. Every Friday night they host a €20 re-entry tournament with €1,000 added to the prize pool. If this is too expensive for you they run €2 rebuy satellites every night of the week along with a small $5 turbo freezeout. The Friday Deepstack is certainly great value for players and is as social as any other game I’ve witnessed online with a regular crowd of players that play every week.

Depositing / Withdrawing Info

The depositing and withdrawal options offered by the Boylesports poker room are Credit/Debit Card, Moneybookers, Neteller, Paysafe and Paypal. As well as the above it is possible to lodge money in Boylesports shops directly to your sportsbook account and you are able to transfer it to your poker account from there. The minimum deposit across each method is €5.

Site Safety / Security / Reputation in Forums

Boylesports have a great reputation as a bookmaker and this definitely carries through to their poker room. Any negative feedback you will hear about the skin will generally be in regards to issues with the iPoker network itself.

They have a strong presence on the Irish poker forums. They have been excellent in sponsoring leagues over the years. Any issues that do come up are quickly answered by their representatives.

The cashier is VeriSign secured meaning that any interaction between Boylesports.com and yourself is encrypted by an SSL mechanism built into your browser. All personal information, including credit/debit card numbers, are automatically coded into extremely detailed code which is impossible to read.

Boylesports LTD have their headquarters in Dundalk, Ireland but are registered and regulated from the Isle of Man.

Customer Support

Boylesports offers support via live chat, telephone and email. From my experience the live chat is a very efficient way of resolving most issues you may have. Email would be my choice if I had an issue that required a large amount of description, so as that I could include some screenshots etc. Having used their email support in the past it is definitely up there with the fastest response times around. The telephone option is great for a quick question that you may have.

One thing I will say, which is the same for all iPoker skins, sometimes events with the Playtech engine are completely out of control for the support representatives themselves. They are merely acting as a middle man to get you your answers a lot of the time.

Verdict

A lot of the benefits from playing on this site will only be redeemed by players based in the UK & Ireland specifically. It is definitely a great option for players from this region. If you are a casual player with an interest in playing some reasonable live games also then this is definitely the skin for you.

As for players outside of this region, you have a decent VIP system with a money added tournament once a week. You can be sure your money is safe with this reputable company. I would certainly recommend this site to anyone, but having said that, a high volume grinder may find a better deal elsewhere.

Overall, Boylepoker definitely receives two thumbs up from me!

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