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Pacific Poker is widely reputed to have the fishiest opposition on the net, owing to its association with a larger online casino. However, bad software, lack of text hand histories, and slow cashouts tend to send many serious players elsewhere.

Ring games Edit

Limit hold 'em Edit

Everything through $15/30 seems to stay full round the clock.

  • $0.05/0.10
  • $0.25/0.50 - 7 or 8 to the flop
  • $0.50/1 - 4 - 7 to the flop
  • $1/2
  • $2/4
  • $3/6
  • $5/10
  • $10/20
  • $15/30
  • $30/60

Pacific also offers 6 max tables for each of these limits; at $10/20 and above they seem as popular or moreso than the standard 10-seat tables.

No-limit hold 'em Edit

DesignationSmall blindLarge blindMin buy-in (10 BB)Max buy-in (100 BB)Remarks
NL $105c10c$1$10extremely loose-aggressive, follow GSiH, play ultra-tight, size your initial raise to about 20xBB or more, with the intent of getting all-in preflop with a good hand, and you'll do great.
NL $2512c25c$2.50$25rather more loose-passive than the $10 (based on small sample)
NL $5025c50c$5$50
NL $10050c$1$10$100
NL $200
NL $400
NL $600$3$6$60$600

Pot-limit hold 'em Edit

  • PL $10
  • PL $50
  • PL $100 - sparse
  • PL $200 - sparse


Limit Omaha high Edit

Everything above $3/6 seems quite sparse

  • $0.05/0.10
  • $0.25/0.50
  • $0.50/1 - sporadic
  • $1/2
  • $2/4
  • $3/6
  • $5/10
  • $10/20
  • $15/30
  • $30/60

Omaha hi-lo Edit

These games can take a few minutes to get into; there's usually one $0.25/0.50 or $0.50/1 and one $1/2 or $2/4 going in North American evenings, but they're often full and can entail up to about a 15 minute wait.

  • $0.05/0.10
  • $0.25/0.50 - 7 or 8 to the flop
  • $0.50/1
  • $1/2
  • $2/4
  • $3/6 - only peak times
  • $5/10 - pretty full
  • $10/20 - sometimes in the North American evening
  • $15/30 - not often going
  • $30/60 - not often going

Seven-card stud Edit

As of mid- to late 2005, Pacific stopped offering $0.05/0.10 and $0.25/0.50 stud high and stud 8/b.

Most up to $5/10 -- and at times up to $15/30 -- stay active in the North American evening.

  • $0.50/1
  • $1/2
  • $2/4
  • $3/6
  • $5/10
  • $10/20
  • $15/30

7-stud hi-lo Edit

As of mid- to late 2005, Pacific stopped offering $0.05/0.10 and $0.25/0.50 stud high and stud 8/b.

  • $0.50/1
  • $1/2 - NA evening: often either the $1/2 or $2/4 goes
  • $2/4
  • $3/6
  • $5/10 - NA evening: sporadic
  • $10/20
  • $15/30

Sit-and-gos Edit

Pacific offers the strangest array of instant tournament configurations known to man, including 2- and 4-table SnGs. Most of the NLHE tournaments fill within 5 minutes round the clock.

Buy-inVigorishPctgNLHEPLHELHE
$150c50%35 seats  
$250c25%10, 20  
$2.5050c20%5, 40 5 seats
$450c12.5%10, 20  
$550c10%10610
$880c10%20  
$1050c5%Heads-up Heads-up
$10$110%5 seats, 10, 42 6
$20$210%5  
$30$310%Heads-up, 5, 10, 2065
$50$36%Heads-up, 6 Heads-up
$100$55%Heads-up  
$100$99%5  
$200$157.5%5  
$500$204%10  
$750$304%5  
$1000$505%5  


Blinds for sit-and-gos (observed at $4 20-person sit-and-go)

10 minutes per level

LevelSmallBig blind
1 T10 T20
2 T15 T30
3 T25 T50
4 T50 T100
5 T75 T100
6 T100 T200
7 T150 T300
8 T200 T400
9 T250 T500

Multi-table tournaments Edit

Pacific $50K Edit

Pacific used to offer a $100K guaranteed tournament, but apparently they found $50K a more viable level to guarantee.


Other regular tournaments Edit

This information may be out of date. Please feel free to edit it aggressively to make it more current.

(Some may not be regular - please delete date of observation once we know they're regular)

All times Eastern Daylight (UTC-4, in other words add four hours for UTC).

Tournament nameDay/timeBuyinVigorishGameLevels (min)Typical enrollmentComments
$500 Freeroll Sunday 15:30 free free NLHE   2000 limit Payouts: $25, $20, $15, $10, 5th-90th: $5.
$1000 Gtd Sun and Tues 17:45; M, W, F 18:30 (Th, Sat: ???) $1 none NLHE 5 Around 1000  
Fast $150 Gtd Daily 20:15 $1 50c NLHE 5


  • Fast $150 Gtd- Daily 20:15 - $1 + 50c buyin - 5 min levels
  • Broadway Special- Daily 14:15 - $2 + 50c buyin
  • $___ Guaranteed- Daily 04:00 - $2.50 + 25c buyin, 10 min levels

Amount guaranteed appears to vary, possibly by day of week - $840 on Sunday (Saturday night), $570 on Monday (Sunday night), $580 on Tuesday, $500 on Wednesday, others unknown. (All observed starting July 10)

  • $___ Guaranteed- Note: Limit HE - Daily 09:00 - $2.50 + 25c buyin
  • Fast $250 Gtd- Sunday 00:31 (observed July 9) $2.50 + 50c buyin, 5 min levels
  • Fast $250 Gtd- Note: PLHE - Daily 16:15 - $2.50 + 50c buyin, 5 min levels
  • Barn Burner - Sunday 11:30 - $3 + 60c, 8 min levels
  • $888 Gtd- Note: PLHE - Daily 19:15 - $4 + 50c buyin, 8 min levels - with 340 first pays $340, 2nd pays $204, 40th pays $6.80
  • $700 Guaranteed- Monday 23:15 - $5 + 50c buyin - 5 min levels
  • Fast $2,000 Guaranteed- Tuesday 17:01 - $5 + 50c buyin - 5 min levels
  • $3,000 Guaranteed- Wednesday 00:01 - $5 + 50c buyin - 5 min levels

General payout structure Edit

The number of places paid is varied so that roughly 10% of the tournament finishes in the money, although the percentage of the field in the money obviously decreases somewhere above a field of 600.

Payouts:

Place5 paid20 paid30 paid40 paid50 paid60 paid70 paid
Total entries <50? 100-199? 200-299? 300-399? 400-499? 500-? ?-? (838, 1083)
1st 40% 30% 28% 25% 25% 23% 22%
2nd 24% 20% 18% 15% 15% 14% 12%
3rd 16% 10% 10% 9% 8% 7% 7%
4th 12% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 6% 6% 6%
5th 8% 6% 6% 6% 5% 5% 5%
6th 5% 5% 5% 4% 4% 4%
7th 4% 4% 4% 3% 3% 3%
8th 3% 3% 3% 2.5% 2.5% 2.5%
9th 2.5% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
10th 2% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5%
11th - 20th   1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
21st - 30th     0.5% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7%
31st - 40th       0.5% 0.6% 0.6% 0.6%
41st - 50th         0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
51st - 60th           0.4% 0.4%
61st - 70th             0.3%

Rake structure Edit

See Pacific's site.

Cashouts Edit

These are notoriously slow; a week's wait is not at all uncommon.

Discussion threads Edit


Other external links Edit

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