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Chico Poker Network has a weighted average rating of 5.5 out of 10 from a total of 30 reviewers

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Rating:9 / 10
Date:Saturday, June 03, 2017
Title:Good site at every stakes2 out of 2 readers found this review helpful
Funny site software is not upgraded since over 10 years, the lvl of players is also 10 years backward, players on this network are so bad and make so many mistakes, that in some periods of time when u get alot of suck outs you may think this site is rigged, no its not, just people there are brainless and they stack of with 10-25% Equity very often. I'm micro stakes player but I looked at the tables NL50-NL200 and you always can find people with not full stack limping alot and doing strange things all the time. Its even better that this network is not supported by any tracker, because this avoid a hords of regulars on this site :)
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Rating:7 / 10
Date:Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Title:Chico/BetOnline Review39 out of 42 readers found this review helpful
I play BetOnline (BOL) which apparently is Chico network. Two good things got me started there: they take US players, and they have a very generous freeroll structure.

Regarding the freerolls, please note that you won't be able to cash out pure freeroll winnings without first depositing $50 and running it through the BOL sports book once. Probably best just to make a $50 deposit if you want to freeroll.

BOL deposit for US is pretty easy through Western Union or MoneyGram. I was able to make a credit card deposit through an intermediary. Your credit card company may stop this through their fraud detection. Mine let it go through, but flagged it and called me about it after the fact.

BOL payout fairly easy once you understand it. There is a free payout once a month, up to a $50 fee waiver. MoneyGram seems to work very smoothly.

Regarding payout, you are going to have to email BOL a photo of your ID before your first payout. So, if you are paranoid about doing that, you may want to reconsider.

I don't play ring games, but they do NOT cap the rake. If you shove and call and chop a broadway, they are raking a % of the entire pot.

The tourneys are all NLHE. Almost all are rebuys, starting chips 1000, addon 5000. No late entry, 60 minute rebuy period. Blind intervals are 8 minutes. Most turbo MTT are 6 minute.

They collect tourney fee on every rebuy and add on. So, if initial buy in is $10+1, rebuys/add-ons are $11 also, only $10 to the prize pool.

Tourney structures go bingo very quickly. Blinds go up enough that the chip leader may have only 15-20 BB near the bubble.

A typical tourney will have maybe 80 players, and pay 8 places. Most tourneys have very small buy-ins, under $3 and a lot $1 or less.

One BAD feature is the tourney lobby does NOT clearly the number of add-on chips. While almost all the tourneys have a 5,000 chip add on, the special tourneys may have a 2,000 or 3,000 chip add on, and you can't tell from the lobby information.

Many of the tourneys have a guarantee, but they almost always cover the guarantee. The exception would be the specials noted above, where there is frequently a small overlay after the add on is closed.

There are NO CHOPS or deals in the tourneys. Play to win!

There is a reasonably active sit'n'go pool, with stakes from under $1 to $100, and heads up to $500+25.

The deposit bonus won't help you if you can't beat the rake in a ring game. (In which case, you won't be deposit more than once. Lot's of terms, check them.

SNG rakeback promotion is fairly generous if you play a lot.

BOL has helped my tourney strategy and short stack play. Because of the bingo structure, don't expect to work a lot on your deep stack, post-flop play, especially at final table.

Deposited once, paid out twice.

Expect to see the same faces a lot in tourneys.
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Rating:8 / 10
Date:Friday, June 26, 2015
Title:Bet-Online...Chico Network42 out of 45 readers found this review helpful
Review relates to tourneys since I rarely play at cash tables. Tourneys run pretty regular. Most are low buy-in ($11 or less). They usually run about 2-3 hours. No late registration like America's card room on the winning poker network, where they allow late registration for about 3 hours. I don't want to play a 6 hour tourney with a 4hour re-entry period. rebuy periods last 1 hour.

They don't use anti's, ever, so structures differ from most sites. This is a plus or minus depending on your playing style.

- If your from USA, you can play.
- Player pool is soft.
- Promotions include sign-up/reload bonus 200%
- free-rolls about once an hour, so you can try out the site, win a little $$ before deciding if you want to deposit. the MTT leaderboard freeroll is worth $10K this month for top 100 in gold level ($10 and up tourneys).
- Receive my cash-outs in about 2-3 days via western union.
- The hourly free-rolls allow players who've never even do a deposit a chance to win, then enter the money tourneys. Increases the prize pools in all tourneys. You must deposit minimum $50 to cash out.

- Software is nut low, haven't seen any upgrades.
- When the traffic gets heavy, not uncommon to seen frequent disconnects.
- No time bank, so you have very little time to act on your hand. Speeds up play a little, but is frustrating if playing several tourney's at once.
- The table that need action doesn't pop up, and tiling options are limited. I find I constantly have to move tables around and adjust there size. (Find tables where I'm sitting out because I didn't act fast enough).
- I won't play the cash table because the put an annoying blackjack screen up. Also they have a bug that allows people to disconnect when beat, and get their money back.
- tourneys are limited to texas holdem. Would like to see some PLO and PLO/8 tourneys.
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Rating:1 / 10
Date:Sunday, February 19, 2017
Title:DONT TRUST THIS SITE6 out of 9 readers found this review helpful
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Rating:1 / 10
Date:Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Title:Sit n go challenge6 out of 7 readers found this review helpful
The site crashed or as they called it they updated it this Sunday. Well that caused Americans to be logged off for 30 or so minutes. Well any tourney US players were in others from around the world were busy stealing blinds for minutes until the site decided to declare a break. Well ok that's not the bad part I proceed to keep playing after that since I was going for a higher spot in the weekly sit n go challenge they have. Well now I'm being told that since I did not log out before the clock rolled to midnight on Monday that my whole days points were forfeited. Are you kidding me ten hours of play to make an extra 200 bucks on the leaderboard and they just wipe out all the points. Nowhere on the terms and conditions does is state any forfeiture of points like this and it pisses me off to no end. I have played these for years but would no longer recommend this site to anyone and especially not the leaderboard challenge were they may have technical difficulty that wipes out your whole days progress.
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Rating:1 / 10
Date:Monday, September 26, 2016
Title:Personal info8 out of 11 readers found this review helpful
I dont know if everyone has to send picture of photo id, bank statement, copies of credit card, and do a sheet with bunch of personal info. But long story short, put maybe $700 on there.. playing ok, ups and downs, but hey thats poker. I wanted to withdraw $725 and then they "forbid" my account and lock it. So now i got to send all my banking info and personal info to unlock my account and maybe be able to withdraw... who knows if i'll actually get it?
This is on Tiger gaming by the way.
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Rating:10 / 10
Date:Friday, November 14, 2014
Title:Great small room9 out of 10 readers found this review helpful
Fast cash out! More Fish! Great tournament

Not much tournaments for the evening in Europe
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Rating:8 / 10
Date:Saturday, May 10, 2014
Title:Not that bad13 out of 17 readers found this review helpful
Games are pretty soft, they have plenty of cashout options for Canadian players.. I mean it could be worse right?
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Rating:9 / 10
Date:Sunday, May 11, 2014
Title:Good Site25 out of 33 readers found this review helpful
Chico poker over new management have saved the network, cashouts are now guaranteed 24 hours, games are soft and a good range of deposit and withdrawal options. There are cash games at all stakes and a surprisingly good amount of SNG's get played on this network.
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Rating:1 / 10
Date:Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Title:Bot Heaven8 out of 12 readers found this review helpful
Bet Online & Sports Betting .com on the Chico Network have got to be THE BIGGEST scum in the Online Business..ridiculously high % deposit fees....POKER, it is bereft with Russian players, whose collusion is so obvious a 3 yr. old could see it....3rd part software "bots" are so rampant, well a 2nd grader could figure this out...Called "security"..yeah right!!.....gave him the usernames of the obvious bots, his reply was "What evidence do you have they are bots?"..said "I have half a brain!".....said "we will investigate, we have no tolerance for 3rd party software"....I said when will you investigate?...he says.."we will, but we will keep that in house and we cannot give you the result of our investigation" other words F you, these bots are playin' 10 tables at a time, more rake for us......stayed off the site for 10 days...turned it on, same bots, just bottin' away.....cancelled my account forever, and I suggest you do the same if you have money there....and their withdraws...500 min. and takes FOREVER....absolute worst.....and won't even talk about BJ.....been gambling for 45+ yrs...nothing could be worse than the Chico Network, and I've seen 'em all.....
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