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Tigergaming Review

TigerGaming is a long-lived online poker site, having been in operation continuously since 1999. It has always been a smaller arena traffic-wise and was heavily hit by the UIGEA in 2007, which forced it to shut its doors to new American players. In recent years, however, its Chico Poker Network partners BetOnline and have made a strong push in the U.S. market. This has resulted in steady growth for the network as a whole and TigerGaming too even though it doesn’t itself accept gamblers from the United States.

While it’s still not among the top 10 largest poker rooms on the net, it is in the top 15, it does draw in a respectable amount of player volume, and there’s heavy crossover traffic from the sports and casino sides of its business, leading to some pretty soft poker tables overall. When we consider this fact in combination with the juicy 100% up to $1,000 sign up bonus and other regular promotions, we begin to see why Tiger Gaming Poker deserves to be on the radar of every poker connoisseur whether amateur or professional.

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How the Welcome Bonus Works

The initial deposit bonus at TigerGaming will be applied to your account after you make your first deposit of between $50 and $1,000. You do have to request it manually, though, by sending an email to support[at] Within 48 hours of sending your message to support, the sum you deposited into your account will be matched 100%, dollar for dollar, with bonus funds. For the next 30 days, you’ll receive $5 of your bonus whenever you collect 5,000 comp points.

You’ll get 1 comp point for every cent you contribute to the rake or pay in tourney fees. You’ll need to rake $50 to get 5,000 comp points, which will release $5 of your bonus, for a rate of return of 10%.

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STEP 1:  Clear your cookies - this is mandatory - you may not receive the maximum deposit bonuses (100% match up to $1,000) if you fail to do this step!  Click the appropriate browser button below for instructions.

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

Step 3:  Click the banner below to create your Professional Rakeback Tiger Gaming poker account.

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Step 4:  Click "Join" in the top left corner menu.

Step 5:  Fill out account information. Click the "Create Account" button.

Step 6:  Download the poker software and create a poker table alias. Please note that the username can be a maximum of 10 characters in length.

Step 7:  (optional) If you wish us to verify your account was properly created, simply contact us via Skype or email and provide us with your registered email address as well as your poker table username.

Step 8:  Deposit and enjoy!

HUD:  Did you want to use a HUD when playing?  Unfortunately the terms and conditions of the network are restrictive and very few HUD programs are allowed. In fact, only one has seemingly passed the test. That program is Holdem Indicator, which boasts support for fast-fold Boost games.

Professional Rakeback offers an exclusive 10% discount on Holdem Indicator, and iHoldem Indicator for you Mac users, to our players. If you are interested in a review head over to our software page and if you simply wish to purchase it now, with a ten percent discount off the retail price of $99 USD, then all you need to do is click here for PC and here for Mac.

There's also a Poker Odds Calculator HUD provided directly by TigerGaming to its customers. However, this is a limited version of Holdem Indicator that will only work in the Tiger poker room. If you wish to utilize the full potential of this program on multiple sites, then it's probably best to purchase the real version.

Deposit Options at TigerGaming

When it’s time to fund your account, you’ll be glad to realize that the cashier options at TigerGaming are numerous. Remember that your first deposit has to fall within the range of $50 - $1,000 to qualify for the 100% match. Bearing that in mind, you can use any one of the following forms of payment:

Deposit methods at Tiger Gaming poker room
  • Bitcoin: $20 - $50,000
  • Litecoin: $20 - $50,000
  • Ethereum: $20 - $50,000
  • Bitcoin Cash: $20 - $25,000
  • Ripple: $20 - $25,000
  • Visa/MasterCard/Amex: $50 - $2,500
  • Discover: $50 - $5,000
  • Skrill $10 - $10,000
  • EcoPayz: $10 - $10,000
  • Neteller: $10 - $10,000
  • Wire Transfer: $1,000+

Later on, when you’re looking to request a payout of your winnings, you’ll be able to use these same processors with the exception of credit cards. As far as which of these options is best, we have a preference for Bitcoin. The deposit and withdrawal limits are high, fees are nonexistent, and transaction speeds are high with BTC. If  you haven't yet begun in the world of crypto-currency, then we have prepared a thorough guide to using Bitcoin for online gaming, including poker.

Tiger Gaming Poker caters to casual and low-stakes poker fans more than it does to high-rollers and professionals. Therefore, it restricts cashouts to a limit of $5,000 per week and $15,000 per 30 days although any deposits you made during this timeframe can be withdrawn on top of the $15K cap. However, $15,000 per month is much more than most players will ever have to worry about cashing out.

Cash Games

The most popular poker game in the world is No Limit Hold’em, so it only makes sense that there are more tables in this form of poker than any others. The blinds run from $0.05/$0.10 up through $5/$10 although games above $1/$2 are sparsely populated during non-peak hours. Luckily however, as this network has both US and ROW player bases, there is both a European and US poker traffic peak where a plethora of game availability can be found. NLHE tables are offered in full-ring (9 players) and 6-max sizes.

An offshoot of Texas Hold'em, Six Plus Hold'em, is also spread. However, traffic figures for this niche format are a bit light.

Pot Limit Omaha is dealt from $0.05/$0.10 to $5/$10 in both hi-only and hi-low formats. There are usually a dozen or more games of Omaha running at any one time though multi-tablers may have to mix levels to get in the amount of play they seek. Limit Hold’em and Limit Omaha hi-lo can also be found in the ring game section of the poker lobby, but games hardly ever run.

Regardless of whether you play NLHE, PLO, or some other format, you can only sit at eight or fewer ring game tables simultaneously. This is probably a measure to ensure that the action moves swiftly without having to wait for mass multi-tablers to run down their time banks before making their decisions. Also, we should note that there are no heads-up ring games on the Chico Poker Network.

The exciting fast-fold Boost poker format was implemented across the Chico Poker Network at the beginning of 2018. The Boost tables are virtually identical to regular cash games, but the way the action proceeds is different. Whenever you fold your hand, you move without delay to another table to receive a new set of hole cards. In this manner, downtime is kept to a minimum because you never have to sit around waiting for others to complete hands that you're not involved in.


Sit-and-gos run the gamut from $1.50 contests all the way up to $200. Perhaps surprisingly for a site of modest size, even the highest SNGs on offer sometimes run. The SNGs contain two, six, eight, or nine players each, and you’ll see games running with all these table sizes. PLO and PLO Hi-Lo are offered in sit-no-go form too.

In February 2020, Tiger added a range of new sit-n-gos to its lobby. They are 6+ Hold'em contests, Progressive Knockouts, and eight-person Boost games where each hand is played heads-up. The Boost SNGs have since been discontinued, but other formats have taken their place, like multi-table shootouts.

A new type of sit & go, called Windfall, hit the CPN in mid-December 2017. It incorporates randomized elements to deliver a gameplay experience that has much in common with traditional poker but also resembles a lottery in certain respects. A Windfall game starts whenever three people sign up, and the prize pool varies between two times and 2,000 times the amount paid to enter. A couple of spin-offs of the Windfall formula were introduced in March 2019, called Jackpot and Flip, further enhancing the poker selection at the site.


TigerGaming hosts lots of multi-table tournaments with low buyins of $5 or less, but at the other end of the scale, there are only a few events with sizable entrance costs. The regular Sunday Major is called the Main Event and guarantees a prize pool of at least $60,000 for a buyin of $109. However, this tourney is sometimes replaced with a larger version. Prize pools of $100,000 for the Main Event tend to pop up about once every month or two.

Something to be aware of is that the great majority of tourneys here are R&A events, so the actual price you’ll end up paying could be much greater than what’s stated in the lobby. Look for MTTs with “Freezeout” in their names if you seek to avoid this uncertainty. All MTTs at Tiger Gaming Poker used to be NL Hold’em only, but there are now about a dozen events each day in PLO and PLO/8 formats.

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Software Features

You can download the Tiger Gaming Poker client for both Windows machines as well as Macs. There's also a mobile app for iOS and Android users as well as a Flash version that works on pretty much every modern web browser.

Non-standard features of the TigerGaming poker download include the ability to adjust the volume of every different sound effect, configure custom hotkeys, and alter the speed of animations or disable them altogether. In other respects, TigerGaming’s poker suite is about par for the course with four-color decks, auto rebuy, user-configurable themes, and the other basic elements that you would expect from any poker application in 2020.

TigerGaming Promotions

The new player bonus is just the first of many rewards that you’ll be able to enjoy as a poker player in good standing with TigerGaming. The organization rolls out the red carpet for both new and existing clients alike. Some of the most noteworthy of the ongoing specials are:

Cash Game Leaderboard

Every week, you can grind the ring games in an attempt to top the leaderboard and score a payment of as much as $1,000, $575, or $200 depending on the stakes you play. Across all three leaderboards, 60 players receive a prize. All types of cash games qualify,  including Omaha, Boost fast-fold games, and Bad Beat Jackpot tables.

Each weekly cash leaderboard starts at noon on Sunday. Each dollar in rake you contribute is worth 1 leaderboard point. The contest ends the following Sunday at 11:59 a.m. You have to opt-in through the poker cashier if you want to participate.

Weekly SNG Leaderboard

After you opt-in via the Contests section of the cashier in the poker client, you can play sit-n-gos to try to advance in the SNG leaderboard. Each leaderboard runs from Sunday at noon. until the following Sunday at 11:59 a.m.

After the week ends, the best 25 individuals in Windfalls and 25 in regular SNGs will be rewarded with complimentary tourney bucks. $275 in tournament money goes to first place, and the payouts move downward from there to stop at $75 in tournament money for 11th through 25th. Each of the two leaderboards is worth $2,500 weekly for a total of $5,000 handed out per week.

Points are distributed according to sit-n-go fees paid. $1 in fees grants 1 leaderboard point.

Bad Beat Jackpot

At specified Bad Beat Jackpot tables, if you take quad queens or better to showdown and lose, you’ll receive a huge payday. In order to hit the jackpot, both the winning and losing player must use both hole cards, the hand must go to showdown, and at least four players must have been dealt into the hand. From time to time, the network lowers the hand requirement to something other than QQQQ.

When the Bad Beat Jackpot is paid out, the “loser” of the hand gets 20% of the pot while the winner receives 15%. Another 12.5% is split up among the rest of the table, and 12.5% goes to people seated at other BBJ tables. Then, 35% is dedicated to reseeding the jackpot while 5% is taken by the poker room as an administrative fee.

This jackpot is funded by extra rake taken at the rate of $0.10 for every $4 in the pot up to a maximum of $0.50 per hand. Once again, please note, players have a choice of participating in the BBJ by choosing to play on BBJ tables or standard tables – standard tables do not have an additional BBJ rake drop.

The terms of this BBJ promo were significantly worse in the past especially at certain points during 2018 when the site would hold 15% of the total kitty for itself whenever the jackpot was hit! We made a Youtube Video explaining this extortionary tactic, and the leaders of the poker room have since opted to reduce their fee to just 5%.

There's also a separate Bad Beat Jackpot applicable to only Boost fast-fold tables. It's quite a bit smaller than the regular BBJ, with pools often in the three- to four-digit range, and this is likely because of overall lower traffic in Boost as well as a smaller drop taken from the pots to fund it. You see, only $0.02 out of every dollar is removed from the middle in each Boost hand, up to a maximum BBJ contribution of $0.10.

In order to qualify for the Boost BBJ, you need to take quad deuces to showdown and lose. The breakdown of the Bad Beat distribution for Boost is as follows:

  • Winner of the BBJ: 40%
  • Winner of the hand: 20%
  • Other players at table: 15%
  • Other Boost players: 10%
  • Reseed: 15%

Comp Points

The comp points you get aren’t just for bonus tracking purposes. You can also use them to buy into specific tournaments. To find out whether the MTT you’re interested in accepts comp points, click on it in the lobby and then press “Register.” If comp points is an option for buying in, then you’ll see the amount of points needed to enter listed along with the normal cash price. The rate at which you can redeem points in this manner is equivalent to 5.7% of the rake paid to amass them in the first place.

TigerGaming Rakeback

There’s no legitimate flat-rate TigerGaming rakeback being offered today, but the welcome bonus effectively functions as a type of rakeback. While you have the first deposit bonus active, you’ll be getting back approximately 10% of the rake you pay.

The downside, of course, is that this is a time-limited benefit that will stop helping your profitability after you’re done with the bonus. On the other side of the coin, TigerGaming offers occasional poker reload bonuses, which will allow you to secure more cashback on your future play.

TigerGaming Territorial Restrictions

Unfortunately, individuals located in certain parts of the world are unable to register an account with TigerGaming. The United States of America is sadly one of these prohibited countries. The others are:

  • Australia
  • Afghanistan
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • France
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • North Korea
  • Panama
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • United Kingdom
  • Yemen

If you reside in the U.S.A., then take a look at our reviews of and BetOnline for online poker sites on the Chico Poker Network that are willing to accept you as a player.

Other TigerGaming Products and Services

The reason you’re reading this review is because you’re a poker player, but we should tell you about the other products that TigerGaming offers in case you wish to broaden your horizons.

There’s a comprehensive sportsbook wherein you can wager on athletic competitions, a racebook covering horse races at dozens of tracks, a casino with more than 100 titles, and another casino with games dealt by live dealers. Good news – you can receive additional bonuses for most of these types of gambling, boosting the amount of free cash that you can liberate from the house’s stock of it.

Yet, if casino gaming is your bag, then there might be a couple of ways for you to do even better. You see, TigerGaming has partner sites called Wild Casino and Super Slots that are probably even more desirable online destination for gamblers who love the slots, craps, video poker, roulette, and other types of casino delights.

The reason for this is that the Wild and SuperSlots brands are committed to casino gaming and casino gaming alone without the distractions of sports betting or poker. Among the advantages of these two gambling halls are jumbo-sized welcome bonuses of up to $9,000 (Wild) and $6,000 (Superslots) and a couple of weekly reloads, which are absent from the TigerGaming portfolio. Find out more about these enticing options by heading over to the fact-filled Wild Casino review or honest review.