Carbon Poker Review

Carbon Poker is the new version of the old, recently converted onto the Merge Gaming Network. Even though Carbon Poker is still a newbie in the industry, US player acceptance has drawn a good number of players, keeping the tables occupied at all hours.

What really sets Carbon apart from most online poker rooms is the large number of Freeroll poker tournaments, occurring throughout each day and giving players an opportunity to stack their bankroll without risking a dime. Many of the freeroll tournaments, such as the Saturday $2k tournament are points games, meaning players buy into the tournament using their points.

These are really great games because you get in free, you add value to your poker tournament dollar, and the freeroll whores are not able to play.

Top it off with valuable promotions, great software and consistently loose opposition, and you’ve got yourself a well rounded online poker room that should continue to grow rapidly.


As part of the Merge Gaming network, Carbon Poker offers a stable, highly functional software platform with a full range of poker games. The graphics are crisp and vibrant while the Lobby is easy for even the newest online poker player to navigate. Carbon Poker is well suited for multi-tabling with excellent mini-view or full-window options and up to 8 games at once. Note taking and hand histories are available, though hand histories cannot be exported for further analysis. The Carbon Poker Lobby supplies all of the essentials statistics for skilled players to find a perfectly suitable game – average pot size, viewed-flop percentage and hands per hour.

As a growing online poker room, Carbon Poker provides a lot of valuable promotions to keep new members rolling in. Upon sign-up, new players can use the Bonus Code “100FIRST1K” to receive a 100% bonus worth up to $500. New players are also given one $1k Freeroll Ticket, which can be used to enter any $1,000 Freeroll. In addition, each new player is granted entry into all $500 New Depositor Freerolls for the first 14 days of membership. That’s a total of $8,500 up for grabs, absolutely free.

Releasing the first time deposit bonus requires point accumulation of 250 points for every $1 of the bonus, released in $10 increments. Points are gained by participating in raked ring games and/or paying tournament fees. Note that any member of the old that received an initial deposit bonus is still eligible to receive an initial deposit bonus at Carbon Poker.


If it’s a massive variety of games you’re looking for, Carbon Poker is the place to find them; the only drawback being that there’s not enough of a player volume yet to support them. Games include Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Razz, Five Card Stud, Five Card Draw, Ace to 5 Lowball, Deuce to 7 Lowball and Badugi, plus a few casino-style and skill-based games; Blackjack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud, Video Poker and Backgammon. Poker game stakes range from micro-limits of $.01/$.02 up to $50/$100.

As a new online poker room, the player traffic is lower than the major competitors in the industry, but the Merge Gaming Network’s shared player base, combined with US player acceptance and a strong promotional campaign, have kept the numbers steadily climbing. As of May 2008, Carbon Poker supports an average peak hour player base of 500 in ring games, 2,000 in tournaments. The steady influx of new players has resulted in very juicy opposition at micro- and low-limit games, NL Texas Hold’em especially. The constant Freerolls are also particularly loose and easy enough to cash in, even for the moderately experienced poker player.

Multi-Table and Sit’n’Go tournaments are constantly ongoing, including valuable guaranteeds with low buy-ins. A very popular $20k GP runs every Sunday with a buy-in of $60. Other tournaments include Shootouts, Bounties, Ladies Only, Satellites to bigger poker events (WSOP, Aussie Millions, Asia-Pacific Poker Tour, etc.) and the ever-popular Freeroll competitions.

$500 and $1,000 Freeroll tournaments occur daily, requiring a certain number of points to enter, but the $50 and $100 variety are absolutely free to enter for any member of Carbon Poker. Regular $10,000 Freerolls are also held, requiring 10,000 points to enter, but the biggest Freerolls at Carbon Poker are the monthly $50k tournaments.


$50,000 Monthly Freeroll at Carbon:

Once a month, on the last Sunday, at 3PM Carbon Hosts a $50K freeroll to all players that have earned 5000 comp points throughout the month.

$10,000 Weekly Freeroll

Sundays at 3pm (except for the last Sunday, when the 50k Monthly is held) a $10k freeroll tournament is held for all players that have earned at least 2500 loyalty points throughout the 159 houir period prior to the beginning of the freeroll tournament.

$2k Weekly Free Poker Tournament

Saturday’s at 3PM, holds a freeroll with a $2k prize pool. Carbon Poker players that have accumulated 1000 comp points or more during the 3 days before the tournament are able to join this free poker event.

$1,000 Weekday Points Freerolls

Monday through Friday, Carbon holds a $1,000 freeroll that is exclusive to any players that have at least 1000 points earned within the last three days.

The tournament times vary between 1PM and 7PM:

  • Mondays – 7:00
  • Tuesdays- 1:00
  • Wednesdays – 7:00
  • Thursdays – 1:00
  • Friday s- 7:00

$500 Freeroll for New Depositing Players

New depositors at Carbon Poker are given a coupon for an exclusive newbie freeroll. The coupon is valid for 14 days and is good for entry into a daily tournament reserved exclusively for new depositors.

New Depositor Freeroll Schedule

  • Monday- 7:15
  • Tuesday – 1:15
  • Wednesday – 7:15
  • Thursday – 1:15
  • Friday – 7:15
  • Saturday – 1:15
  • Sunday – 1:15

$50 New Player Freeroll – No Deposit!

Download the Carbon Poker software, and sign up for an free player account and Carbon will give you a ticket to a $50 New Player Freeroll.

New Player tournaments are held daily at:

  • 11:00am
  • 12:00pm
  • 5:00 PM
  • 8:00pm

$50 Freerolls every 4 hours – Everyone’s Invited!

All day everyday Carbon holds a freeroll tournament every single four hours with a free $50 prize pool.

Carbon Poker invites players from around the world, including US players, to join and play for free or for real money. Those who choose to make a deposit will find the following options available:

Deposits (minimum $10): Credit Card, NETeller, Click2Pay, EcoCard, Fonelinx, Moneybookers, eWalletXpress and Pindebit.

Withdrawals (minimum $25): NETeller, Click2Pay, EcoCard, Moneybookers, eWalletXpress, Pindebit and Check.


Carbon Poker has a good, reliable staff of customer support reps available 24/7 via email or live chat. Email responses are generally realized within 24 hours, but live chat is obviously the fastest way to get your questions answered. A well-categorized FAQ page is available on the Carbon Poker web site to answer the most commonly asked questions.