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ATTENTION - UPDATE JUNE 2015 - Carbon Poker is no longer accepting US poker players. Please use our Real Money US Poker Sites Guide page to find an online poker room that will accept players from your state and country.

UPDATE JUNE 2017 - Carbon poker is also banning and kicking off winning players from their site.


Professional Rakeback Carbon Poker Review 2018

Carbon Poker Account Creation Logo Carbon Poker is the leading real money online poker room on the Merge Gaming Network, which is the second largest online poker network as rated by both cash game volume and multi-table tournament volume that services the United States of America (USA) poker market. This well funded gaming Network also services the majority of countries worldwide, making it a great poker option for US, European, Asian, and Rest-of-World (ROW) online-poker players as well. There is a thriving sportsbook and casino that is full of casual and recreational players who also play at the attached poker network, insuring soft game play and high amounts of player traffic | game liquidity.  The software is top-notch and we rank it right up there with PokerStars in terms of quality, speed of hands dealt, ease of use, etc.  The software is also Mac friendly as well as Windows compatible.  Android, iPhone, and virtually all tablet and mobile devices can use the software with ease.

You may be asking yourself where can I play no-limit Holdem (NLHE) in the USA? Where can I find fixed-limit (FLHE) games online? Where can I play in mult-table tournaments or sit-n-go's if I'm a US online poker player? will help answer those questions for you in the Carbon Poker review below, as Carbon is one of the best options available for any type of online poker player.

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Professional Rakeback has a long standing relationship with the Merge Gaming Network's flagship poker room, Carbon Poker.  Carbon Poker is owned and operated by a dedicated company and staff, offering timely payouts, secure deposits, promotions, VIP programs, etc.  Their former sister skin, Aced Poker, was bought by Carbon Poker in June of 2014, making Carbon Poker one of the biggest poker rooms available to US players. Carbon players can also wager and place bets at CarbonSports, a trusted and secure sportsbook.

Carbon Poker is a versatile poker site that offers its services on multiple platforms.  You will find top quality software, the best in the US friendly online poker market in fact, available for multiple operating systems and devices.  Carbon Poker has a desktop clients available for both Windows based PCs and Mac poker software for all versions of the Mac OS.  They also provide mobile friendly gaming on virtually all Android smartphones and tablets, as well as iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads, etc.  If that was not enough, you can even sneak in some gaming time at work or on campus via your web browser with the instant play feature on Carbon's website. Instant play works on ALL web browsers and operating systems, including Linux.


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Cash Game Offerings Reviewed:

Carbon offers a wide variety of cash games, including the ever popular No-Limit Texas Holdem (NLHE) and Fixed Limit Holdem (FLHE) in all the popular formats such as full ring (FR), six max (6m), heads up (HUHU), and fast fold tables. Carbon also offers a variety of variations of Omaha, including Pot Limit Omaha (PLO), Fixed-Limit (FLO), No-Limit Omaha Eights or Better (NLO8), and Fixed Limit Omaha Eights or Better (FLO8). In addition to these games, other offerings include Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo (7CS High/Low), and even more 'niche' games such as Pot-Limit Five Card Stud (PL 5CS), Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw (PL 2-7TD), Ace-to-Five Triple Draw (PL A-5TD), Fixed-Limit Razz, and Badugi.

Most forms of "big bet" pot and no-limit games on the Merge Network are offered in a wide range of stakes. Games start as low as $0.02/$0.04 penny games for the casual, recreational poker player and go all the way up to $3/$6, $600 maximum buy-in mid-stakes games. Fixed Limit games range from $0.05/$0.10 all the way up to $20/40 games.

Fixed Limit Hold'em games at Carbon are unique from most other card rooms. The blinds at many game levels use a two-thirds structure leading to more action packed games. For example, the small blind at $15/$30 LHE  is $10 and the big blind is $15. Carbon and the Merge Network are the only places with regular FLHE action available for US players, other than Bovada - Bovada Review. Where can I find LHE games online?

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Multi-Table Online Tournament Game Offerings Reviewed:

Merge offers a wide array of tournaments ranging from daily freerolls all the way up to $530 buy-in "High Roller" tournaments and a dozen stakes in between.  The types of tournaments include regular speed, turbos, deep-stacked, rebuy and add on events, knockouts and more.  At least one real money multi-table tournament (MTT) is offered every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Each month the Merge Gaming Network offers $7,000,000 USD worth of tournament guarantees!

Tournament "Guarantees" also vary considerably.  A small stakes $1.10 buyin tournament at 3am EST might only have a $100 GTD, while the flagship Sunday Major tournament, "The Big Ticket", with it's $215 price tag, has a staggering $125,000 USD guarantee! The Big Ticket is the largest and highest guaranteed weekly tournament offered by any offshore poker site to US based poker players.  You can learn much more about the tournament offerings at Carbon Poker and all our other fine poker room offerings in our MTT Overlay Reports.

This network also runs approximately eight special tournament series each year.  Every quarter a special Micro Online Poker Series, or MicroOPS, is staged for the small stakes players with a six-figure overall seriest guarantee.  Also, four times a year, the Online Poker Series (also known as CarbonOPS, AcedOPS, or Poker Maximus) is held all across the Merge Poker Network.  The Carbon Online Poker Series guaranteed prize pool raises each time it runs, building on the success of prior Carbon OPS series.  Each CarbonOPS that runs now has an aggregate prize pool exceeding $2,000,000 USD and a No Limit Texas Holdem main event online poker tournament topping a quarter of a million dollars!  Stay tuned to the Professional Rakeback homepage for updates on upcoming Carbon OPS tournaments, Carbon poker bonus codes and news about all of our partner poker sites.

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Sit-and-Go Single-Table Tournament Game Offerings Reviewed:

Single-table tournaments, otherwise known as sit-n-go's (SNGs), are offered in abundance on the Merge Gaming Network. Several types of games are offered in the SNG lobby; choose from full ring, 6-max, and Heads Up options. From there, choose your game speed (turbo, regular, hyper turbo) and your stake level, and choose among dozens of available games.

Type of SNG's offered are your standard no-limit holdem (NLHE) tournaments, as well as pot-limit Omaha with Eight or Better, high/low, and other variants. While PLO sit-n-go's range from $1.10 to $11 buy-in stakes, no-limit SNG have a much wider range of buy-ins ranging from $1.10 to $215. NLHE single table tournaments (STT) come in a variety of formats including Regular Speed, Turbo Speed (turbos), Hyper Turbos (hypers | supers), as well as Knockout (KO) and Double-or-Nothing (DON | DUPS).  This is the only poker site to offer SuperSonic speed SNGs as well!

Heads-Up SNG's Reviewed

Many poker sites discourage heads up players. Carbon has a rather large selection of heads-up sit-n-go's (HUSNG) to offer. Stakes available for play range from a $1.10 buy-in all the way up to the high stakes $1,050 buy-in games. Carbon offers the highest buy-in HUSNG available to USA online poker players! Plus, these games come in three speeds as well: regular, turbo, and hyper turbo.  This is the only poker site to offer the new SuperSonic speed HUSNGs as well!

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Carbon Poker Deposit Bonus:

Let us review the bonuses now. Carbon offers a the largest first-time deposit bonus of any offshore poker site to its players! Unfortunately the initial deposit bonus does not clear very quickly.  The approximate "rakeback" or cashback percentage is 7% clearance rate.  Players have three full months to clear as much of the free poker money bonus as they possibly can.  The initial deposit bonus is released in $5 chunks as players play real money cash games, sit and goes, and multi-table tournaments.

Use initial Carbon Poker deposit bonus code CARBONPK when making your first deposit to the CarbonPoker site. The aforementioned bonus code will grant you a 200% up to $1,000 USD bonus!  ** Please note that occasional web browser glitches could cause the system to reject your bonus code when you make your deposit. If this happens simply go to Live Chat (point your web browser to, log in, and scroll to bottom left of the sidebar) and the friendly Merge Gaming Network support staff will manually apply the bonus code on the spot.

CarbonPoker and CarbonSports regularly offer poker & sports reload bonuses.  These bonuses typically come out once or twice a month and have clearance rates that equate to approximately 10% "rakeback" or cash back.  PROFRB posts all of these codes on our front page as they are made available to players.

Account Creation and Signup Instructions for Carbon Poker:

Step 1:  Clear your cookies - this is mandatory for proper tracking! Click the links below for instructions.

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Step 2:  If you've previously installed the software, you must uninstall it now before continuing.

Step 3:  Click the CarbonPoker logo below, or click the text link provided below the logo.
NOTEIf you use ad blocking software, the logo below may not be visible. Try clicking the text sign up link instead!

See how Carbon Poker stacks up against other online poker sites in our "comparison series". In this series, we have pitted Carbon against a variety of other Internet rooms to see how they fare. Learn more about:

Carbon versus Ignition Casino
Carbon versus America's Cardroom
Carbon versus Bet Online


Step 4:  Download the poker client, same link for both Windows and Mac users

Step 5:  Install the poker client.

Step 6:  Create a user account. Once you create your account, Skype or Email us your Client Identification Number (CID) and registered email address. This allows us to confirm your account is properly set up.

NOTE:  Find your CID number by opening the poker client, choose account, choose player admin, on the web page that opens look to the upper right hand corner of the screen. CID can also be found in an email sent to your registered email address by Carbon once you've signed up.

Step 7:  Verify your account on Carbon by following the steps on this page. - One can not withdraw until one has completed both email and ID verification! Successful verification also yields higher credit card deposit limits.

Step 8:  Deposit with the Professional Rakeback Carbon Poker bonus code THISSITESUCKSDONTPLAYHERE and play!

US Poker Sites Tiny Flag USA Players:  We recommend depositing with "cash transfer" methods such as WU and MG.  Fear not if they request that you send money to a foreigner in another country, that is standard practice!

Tiny Globe ROW Icon ROW Players:  Deposit on Carbon Poker using Skrill Moneybookers ewallet for the fastest poker payouts. If you do not already have an account, sign up for a VIP Skrill account through PROFRB.

Optional: ProfRB recommends subscribing to Poker Table Ratings to optimize your edge on Carbon Poker.  You can find a Poker Table Ratings Review on our Online Poker Software Review page.


Carbon Poker, Sports, Casino Cashier Information

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Carbon Poker Deposits

Deposits at Carbon Poker, Carbon Sports, and Carbon Casino are handled by third party processing companies.  In some cases new account holders may be required to submit identification and proof of address documentation before being allowed to make use of various deposit methods at the sole discretion of the security department.  In order to initiate a deposit simply click on the "Cashier" button in your poker client to access the deposit webpage.  Deposit methods available include:

Cash Transfers (Western Union | Moneygram)
This is the recommended deposit method for US players. Minimum deposit is $100, while the maximum deposit is $1,000. Funds typically arrive within 15-30 minutes using this method.
One deposit allowed per day, 7 allowed per month up to a total of $5,000 USD.
Transaction fees are automatically credited to your poker account, i.e. depositing with this method is FREE.
Deposits can also be made with Western Union and Money Gram online using your bank debit card (support may deny this, but it does work and has been confirmed by dozens of PROFRB clients).

Debit & Credit Card Deposits
This method is available for most players. Minimum deposit is $25, while the maximum deposit is $1,000. Once complete, funds deposited are immediately made available for play.
Three deposits allowed per day up to a total of $1,000 USD.
Credit Card deposits do not show up as "Carbon Poker" or anything related to "Online Poker" on your statements as all deposits are made via third party processors, so be sure to match up amounts rather than names.

Skrill, eWallet, and other ROW methods
Ewallet deposit methods are available for non-US, Rest-Of-World (ROW) players only. Minimum deposit is $25, while the maximum deposit is $1,000. Once complete, funds deposited are immediately made available for play.

NOTE: Deposit limits may be raised by talking to live chat support after account verification.

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Carbon Poker Withdrawals, Cashouts & Payouts

Payouts may be initiated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Carbon Gaming properties. Click on the "Cashier" button in your poker client to access the withdrawal webpage. Players can have one payout request pending at a time, and check payouts are sent to the address on file - so make sure it is correct before initiating your withdrawal! If you have any issues with your payout, you must contact support within 40 days of the original withdrawal date.  Payout methods available include:

Check withdrawals
This payout method is available to all players. Minimum payout is $50, while the maximum payout is $2,500.

FEES: There is a 3% fee to withdraw via check. Players get one free check withdrawal per calendar year.
STATED WAIT PERIOD: 3-5 weeks from moment of request to check in hand.
ACTUAL WAIT PERIOD: 2-3 weeks from player reported experiences.
PRO TIPS:  For the best experience with depositing these foreign checks, use larger, multi-national banks rather than small credit unions, as this will decrease the time it takes for checks to clear, reduce the amount of checks sent off for "collections," and greatly reduce ignorant teller questions.  It also helps to let the teller know that while the check is from a foreign country, it is denominated in United States Dollars (USD).

e-Wallet withdrawals (Skrill)
This cashout method is available to non-US, Rest-Of-World (ROW) players only who have made a deposit using an eWallet. Minimum payout is $50, while the maximum payout is $10,000.

FEES: There is a 5% fee to withdraw via eWallet. 
STATED WAIT PERIOD: 7-10 business days from moment of request to money in your account.
ACTUAL WAIT PERIOD: 3 to 10 calendar days according to player reported experiences.

ROW PLAYERS: Deposit on Carbon Poker using Skrill. If you do not have a Skrill | Moneybookers account, sign up for a VIP Skrill account here.

Cash Transfer withdrawals (WU/MG)
This payout method is available to long-term players only. Minimum payout is $50, while the maximum payout is $2,000.

FEES: There is a 3% fee to withdraw via cash transfer method. 
STATED WAIT PERIOD: 3-7 days from moment of request to money in your account.
ACTUAL WAIT PERIOD: 2-4 days from player reported experiences.

Bank wire withdrawals
This cashout method is available to long-term players only. Minimum payout is $500, while the maximum payout is $5,000.

FEES: There is a 3% fee to withdraw via bank wire. 
STATED WAIT PERIOD: 2-4 weeks from moment of request to money in your account.
ACTUAL WAIT PERIOD: 4 to 16 days according to player reported experiences.

Debit card withdrawals
This special payout method is available to long-term players only. Minimum payout is $50, while the maximum payout is $7,500.

FEES: There is a 3% fee to withdraw via debit card. 
STATED WAIT PERIOD: 3-5 business days from moment of request to money in your account.
ACTUAL WAIT PERIOD: Similar to stated wait period (confirmed by clients).

More Information & Reports

Professional Rakeback has a long standing relationship with Carbon Gaming.  We have become a large affiliate for them and are intimately familiar with the speed of their payouts.  But you do not simply have to take our word for it that they pay out quickly.  Once a month, we release our US Poker Site Payout Guide which details Carbon Poker payouts, as well as those of all legitimate and legal poker sites.  We also include the scam sites to avoid in this industry leading report.  Data from this report is collected from the public domain and all the numbers contained within are one hundred percent verifiable at various online poker forums, chat sites, etc.  More information on this topic can be found within the report, and don't be shy, share it with your friends online!


Carbon Gaming US State & Country Restrictions

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USA State Restrictions

Carbon accepts players from most locations within the United States, though it does tend to be the most conservative US friendly poker site in terms of disallowed jurisdictions.  We believe that this is because Carbon Gaming would ultimately like to enter the regulated US poker markets once the federal laws are established, and thus, they are conservatively disallowing players from contested states.  With that said, the following states are restricted and not allowed to participate in any form of online gaming at Carbon or the Merge Gaming Network:

US Poker Sites Tiny FlagDelaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York (certain zip codes are allowed), Utah, Washington State, Washington D.C. 

Unlike many offshore operators however, Carbon does allow players from the US territories and commonwealths of Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. You can check out full US-facing online poker room state by state restrictions on our Where Can US Players Play page for a wealth of information on the topic of which offshore poker sites are legal and safe in your particular US state.

Carbon Poker, Sports & Casino Country Restrictions

Carbon Gaming also takes a conservative approach when it comes to restricting "gray market" online gaming markets world wide.  Professional Rakeback views this as yet another sign of the legitimacy and safety of the Carbon Gaming brands and the Merge Gaming Network in general.  As such, Carbon does not accept players from the countries of:


Carbon Poker Rakeback

***Unfortunately Merge Gaming Network has discontinued flat rakeback deals | rake back | cash back programs | rake races | rake chases and as such Carbon Poker, nor Professional Rakeback, can offer a Carbon Poker Rakeback deal here any longer.  The only form of effective rakeback available to Carbon Poker players is offered in the form of monthly reload bonuses. Carbon offers promotions at varying intervals (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.). These include quarterly tournament series such as Carbon OPS and Poker Maximus, the Supersonic Sit & Go promotion (reduced rake SNG's, ongoing daily), Shark Week freerolls (weekly in August), and more. Stay tuned to for announcements of new Carbon Poker promotions. 

Most of Carbon Poker's promotions are aimed at recreational poker players, and as such, the game quality on Carbon Poker is amazing.  The tables are full of fish compared to European poker sites like iPoker.  If you are dead set on playing against US players with rakeback, please check out our reviews of the Winning Poker Network sites such as Americas Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, Ya Poker, and True Poker, or Revolution Gaming sites such as Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes.  The former network offers 27% flat weighted contributed rakeback and the later network offers 36% dealt methodology rakeback.

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Additional Carbon Poker Notes & Questions

Please note that all references to "server time" on Carbon Poker coincides with EST during the winter and CST during daylight savings time.

Is the Carbon Poker Site Legitimate though?

If they were not legit, PROFRB would not put our name behind them.  We've worked with them for over seven years now.  In that time, they have paid out, literally, thousands of our players.  Not a single player has ever been stiffed in that time.  We know of multiple poker professionals players who have won and withdrawn upwards of a half of a million dollars off of this poker network in that time frame.  Carbon Poker is legit and has our professional stamp of approval.

Is Merge Gaming Network Legitimate though?

Merge makes its own proprietary gaming software.  Merge's poker software has undergone very strict quality and safety testing.  That testing was carried out third-parties, i.e. external auditors.   The RNG was tested and verified free of errors and bugs and is as random as a live poker deal!  The poker client adheres to all security standards that are mandated by all major processing networks.  Merge's business, formerly regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, is now licensed and regulated in Curacao.  Their websites and servers are secured by industry leading security firm, Thawte.  A more in depth article on the legitimacy topic of both the Merge Poker network and the poker room can be found here at our article titled is Carbon Poker legit?

Is Carbon Poker one of the Mac friendly poker sites or mac compatible poker sites available to US players

Absolutely.  The Carbon Poker software is by far the best implementation of poker client software for American Mac users.  The native poker client functions like a charm and is regularly updated. If you are interested in where to play online poker Mac compatible, US poker sites for Mac information can be found at the hyperlink in this sentence.

Curious how Merge Poker Network handles cancelled Tournaments?

Check out this link for information about the Merge Gaming Network Tournament Cancellation Policy.