Gala Poker is part of the large Gala Coral group, created by the merger of Coral and Gala in 2005. Gala has an excellent reputation as the UK’s leading provider of bingo halls, operating just under 150 halls across the country with over one million members. Gala also operate a number of casinos in the UK and have their own online poker site, Gala Casino.
New members are encouraged to join the Gala Casino site with the lure of a 200% first deposit bonus up to a limit of $2,000. You can register to become a new member by clicking on the link below
These bonuses are not paid in real cash though, but in “Bonus Dollars”. These Bonus Dollars are released in incremental steps of 20%, 30% and 50% at rates of $1, $2.50 and $5 for every 50, 150 and 400 Gala Status Points earned respectively. For every $1 a player wagers at the site they receive 20 Status Points. This means for a player’s entire $1,000 bonus (if they deposited that much) to be released they must wager $3,400.
Gala Poker review
Gala Poker is available via a software download for Windows-users only. Users of other software platforms will need to make other arrangements. There are no mobile versions of the software either.
Game outcomes for the site are generated by a Random Number Generator created by the company Playtech which has been ratified by independent testing houses. Financial transactions are encrypted to keep confidential information secure.
The games available on the sire are Texas Hold ’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, Five-Card Stud and Razz. All are presented with Fixed limit, No limit and Pot limit options.
Rake limits are quite generous. They range from $0.01 for each $0.25 in the pot with a limit of $0.04 for micro games, to $1 for each $20 in the pot to a maximum of $5 for high stakes games.
To join Gala Poker you need to fill in your name and address, date of birth, a valid email address and phone number. You can also chose the currency for your cash account, but all games are played using $s. Once you’re a member you can just use your username and password to log on.
Gala Poker operates a loyalty scheme where players are given 20 loyalty points for every $1 they wager on poker. The more points a player amasses, the further through the levels of the scheme they progress, reaching Level 8 if 200,000 points are collected. The higher the level of a player, the more these points are worth. They can be redeemed for cash or other rewards.
The site operates other promotions, such as freeroll tournaments, free money to spend on side games and reload bonuses.
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In truth, there is little to make Gala Poker stand out from other sites. The deposit bonus is nicely generous, but the way it is released does seem unnecessarily complicated and may deter new players. The rake amounts are extremely reasonable though, and there are some excellent freeroll tournaments to enter, but this site just seems to be lacking a certain something.