Americas Cardroom Sit n Go Review

Americas Cardroom is one of the few sites that still accepts players from the US. They’ve been around since 2001 and offer a casino and sportsbook in addition to poker.  They are also one of the BEST sites to play sit and go’s at, especially with their “Beast” sit and go competitions.

Because of all this, I thought that they would be a good site to review. My goal for this review is to determine whether or not Americas Cardroom is a site worth signing up to for sit n go players.

I definitely hit that goal. Read on to see what I found out — or if you’re looking to take advantage of all the VIP and bonus benefits right now you can sign up and claim your $1,000 in bonus cash and take their SnG games for a spin!

Sit n Go Game Variety at Americas Cardroom

Right off the bat the buy-ins and game variety indicate that Americas Cardroom is not for serious sit n go grinders on the surface.  However, they have massiely revamped their marketing efforts towards sit and go players, mainly with their monthly SnG leaderboard promotions, also known as “The Beast.”

The buy-ins range from $1.50 to $100 and the games available include holdem and omaha. Despite being listed, stud and draw poker games are not available.

There are a handful of variations — bounties, re-buys, add-ons and shootouts. Only single table sit n go’s are offered, and can be played using the normal, turbo and super turbo structures. The fact that there are no multi-table sit n go’s is a big disappointment. I don’t understand why Americas Cardroom wouldn’t offer multi-table sit n go’s since they’re so popular elsewhere.

On the bright side, I think the game filter is excellent. It reminds me of the one that PokerStars has. There are many radio buttons so that you can quickly filter down and find the games that you want to play.

Traffic at Americas Cardroom

When I took the notes for this review, it was 5:30 PM PST (8:30 EST). So most of the US is at home from work (during the weekdays) at this time. Depending on when you like to play that kind of time frame is perfect for your average Joe player, but those who do it for living can be found on the site at all hours, with PokerScout.com showing they have over 2,000 real money players online.

With that in mind, I was extremely pleased to see how much they’ve improved their SnG game selections and promotions for them in general. The Beast and Sit N Crush is a mainstay at the website and they’ve only added to its notoriety with ACR’s specific catering to SnG and MTT grinders.

Software: Download, Table Resizing and Other Options

Americas Cardroom’s software was very slow and buggy for me from the start. After I downloaded the software, it took a couple of minutes before I could press any buttons in the lobby. The tournament lobby is also a separate (popup) screen, which I found to be annoying.

My experience got worse when I tried to open a couple of tables up. They took forever to load. Once they did load, a few of them would just show blank tables with no players sitting at them, even though the lobby showed players sitting down. After a few tries a couple of tables decided to work.

Once I took my seat, I took a look around. All the standard table options were available. You can resize the tables to tiles, or cascade them, as well as resize them manually to whatever size you’d like. There is also the 4-color deck option, as well as the ability to turn off and detach the chat box.

I also found the option to change the deck color, which I don’t recommend you do. All of the colors are bright (like a highlighter), and the only colors available were yellow, green or orange. There are 4 table backgrounds that you can choose from – those looked ok.

The sound effects were bad. They reminded me of a bad Nintendo or Sega video game.

Americas Cardroom VIP Program

The VIP program uses a military-theme. There are 6 ranks in all, ranging from Lieutenant to 5-Star General. The top two ranks, General and 5-Star General, are yearly ranks. Once you earn them you have them for the year.

The benefits to the VIP program include things like points multipliers, live tournament packages, cash, store access and freerolls. The more points you earn, the more you receive and have access to.

Earning points to move up in ranks is simple enough. You earn 5.5 rank points (RP) for every $1 that you pay in tournament fees. Fractional points are awarded too, so even if you play the micro stakes sit n go’s you’ll still earn RPs. The first rank that you earn will be Captain, which is 750 points.

The VIP program might be kind of cool if you could actually play enough to benefit from it. But there isn’t enough sit n go volume.

$1,000 Deposit Bonus

America’s Cardroom offers a generous bonus for players signing up and depositing for the first time. It’s a 100% match on your first deposit up to $1,000. The minimum deposit is $50.

Your bonus is earned and paid out at the rate of $1 for every 55 RPs ($10 rake). The bonus doesn’t appear to have an expiration date, although I would double check your cashier to be sure.

New depositors will also gain entry to the $250 new depositor freeroll, which is held once per week.

Banking: How to Get Your Money On/Off Americas Cardroom

The deposit options at Americas Cardroom include Visa, Western Union, Money Gram, NETeller and Moneybookers. The option(s) available to you will depend on where you live.

Withdrawals can be made using the same methods, although again, this will depend on where you live and the option you used (America, in particular, is picky about these things). Requesting a check is also an option. Players will receive 1 check per month free, with additional checks costing $65 each.

Just remember though, ACR has probably the FASTEST cashout times in the business right now, with checks, western union transfers and special debit cards being super popular at the moment, especially for USA players.

How to Get in Touch With Support

Support is available 24/7. You can contact support through a form on their site, a toll free number or live chat.

I used the live chat feature and was helped within a few minutes. The operator was both friendly and helpful.

Should Sit n Go Players Sign Up to Americas Cardroom?

To make this very clear…

I would probably would’ve said not go near America’s Cardroom with a virtual 10 foot pole as of early 2013. However, since then they have really ramped up their sit and go games and promotions – it really makes sense for sit and go players to check out the site. The Sit N Crush and Beast promos that are continually running make it extremely beneficial for players to grind Sit N Go’s at this website.

If you’re looking to grind out a good profit for your bankroll they have a lot of fish and a lot of great promotions to make up for not being able to play on sites like Stars or Full Tilt – well, assuming you’re an American at least. The extremely fast cashout times, great customer service and options for rakeback or VIP for your bankroll needs make this site a must-play.