Carbon Poker Review

Part of the Australian Merge Gaming Network and established in 2007, Carbon Poker is a relative newcomer to the world of online poker. They are making up for lost time and developing rapidly though, thanks in no small part to the fact that the Merge network is one of the few that accepts US poker players. Carbon Poker offers wide range of games, a brilliant VIP program and healthy sign up bonus, as well as some innovative little features that will really enhance your online poker experience.

Special Bonus Offers

Create a new account with Carbon Poker and you’ll instantly benefit from a 100% deposit bonus (up to a maximum of $600). Furthermore, when you begin to play poker at Carbon, you’ll receive daily cashback depending on how many VIP points you earn (see below).

The bonus offers don’t end there though, as all new players at Carbon Poker can earn 14 days entry to the daily $500 “New Depositor” tournaments. Carbon regularly runs other special competitions too, such as the “Last Man Standing” poker endurance contest, with more than $35,000 to be won.

In 2009, Carbon Poker paid out a record Bad Beat Jackpot of $1.2 million, after a player’s jack high straight flush was beaten by a king high straight flush.

VIP Programs

The Carbon Poker VIP scheme offers some of the best rewards around. Split into six different tiers, there are plenty of bonuses up for grabs, from monthly freerolls and exclusive tournaments, to dedicated VIP hosts and other perks, but the best feature of Carbon’s VIP scheme is undoubtedly the cashback rebate.

Depending on their VIP tier, Carbon Poker players can pocket up to 45% cashback every day they play. In other words, for each $1 spent in rake, $0.45 will be returned to the player – who needs rakeback?

Tournaments and Freerolls

The Merge Gaming Network ensures that player traffic at Carbon Poker is good and there is a wide range of poker tournaments available to play. Games include all of the usual suspects, from Texas Hold’em and Omaha, right through to more obscure games like Badugi.

Carbon Poker gives away over $4 million in guaranteed prize pools every month. Regular tournaments include the Sunday $100,000 Guaranteed tournament, plus daily freerolls for new depositors and VIP players (worth as much as $10,000).

At Carbon, you can also schedule your own private poker tournaments, making it easy to play with friends.


The Carbon Poker software client looks great and is easy to use, plus it’s reliable. Although the company might be relatively young, the software has been in use for a long time and is therefore tried and tested.

There are plenty of little touches to Carbon Poker’s software that will enhance your online poker experience no end. The Deal It Twice, Rabbit Hunt and Expose One Card features allow players to replicate the little touches that can be found in a home game or on the TV, but are never found online, while Player Accolades and the Quick Start feature are other nice features.


Carbon Poker is the type of site that attracts weaker players, who tend to shy away from tough sites like PokerStars. Furthermore, as one of the few places to accept US based players, the majority of American fish will find their way to Carbon.

All in all, Carbon is a good place to learn and improve your poker game, as the standard isn’t too tough. There are plenty of soft games to exploit, plus you can schedule your own tournaments, allowing you to be more selective about who you play poker with.

Deposit and Withdrawal Options

All of the most trusted and reliable payment options are available to players at Carbon Poker, like NETeller, MoneyBookers, InstaCash, Click2Pay and of course, credit cards. The minimum deposit is $25. Withdrawal options include MoneyBookers, Click2Pay and Citadel accounts, or you can request a cheque.

Support Options

Carbon Poker aspires to provide the best customer support in the online poker world and they go a long way to achieving this, with a responsive email support team who can be reached 24/7, plus a live help function that is available to all real money players at Carbon Poker.