Empire Poker Room

Why to play
Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows 95, 98, NT4, 2000, ME or XP
  • Download size: Approx 2.1MB
Bonus info
Sign up and receive 20% up to $100 on your first deposit!
  • Part of the Party Poker network
  • VIP rake back
  • Free webpage to VIPs
  • Good bonuses
  • Excellent support
  • Note taking facilities
  • Wide variety of games

Bonus Terms and Conditions

Profit From Empire Poker

You can now become an Empire Poker affiliate through Poker News and take advantage of all the great features this poker room offers to players.

– Affiliates can earn 25% rake back on all your raked hands.
– Refer your friends to Empire and make money from their play without you playing a single hand.
– Easily pay selected friends/referrals rake back, as much or as little as you want.
– Track each player through unique tracking codes.

This is an opportunity for every Poker News reader to become part of the multi-billion dollar online poker industry.

Note: Empire players cannot have Party Poker accounts and vice versa – unless they use different account name, email address and telephone number.


This month
No current promotions this month.

On going promotions:
– 20% sign-up bonus on new players first deposit, up to a maximum of $100.

– Free WSOP 2005 Seats. There are three ways to win a free seat at this years WSOP on Empire. Loyal Empire players can get their seat through the VIP program. Become a Tournament Master by taking part in daily tournaments or regular players can qualify through a monthly freeroll.

– $200,000 Guaranteed. Every Sunday at 9pm, get your share of the $200,000 guaranteed prize fund on offer at Empire. Buy-in is $250+$20

– Daily $500 Freeroll. Four times a day, every day. Players who have played at least 50 raked hands can take part in the $500 freeroll.

– TV Star Tournament. Another great chance to get to this years WSOP. Qualification starts from $1.

– Brad Daugherty’s $5,000 Welcome FreeRoll. New players get the chance to play alongside poker legend, Brad Daugherty in a $5,000 freeroll event.

Poker Games Offered

Texas Hold’em, Omaha High, Omaha or Better, Seven Card Stud, Stud 8 or Better

Limits and Rake

Empire Poker offers limits from $0.5/$1 right through to $30/$60. The rakes for various limits are presented below.

Limit Number of players Pot size Rake
$0.50/$1.00 2-10 $5 $0.50
and $1/$2 2-10 $20 $1.00
$2/$4 2-3 $20 $1.00
thru 4-5 $20 $1.00
$10/$20 6-10 $40 $2.00
$10/$20 6-10 $20 $1.00
$10/$20 6-10 $40 $2.00
$10/$20 6-10 $60 $3.00
$15/$30 2-3 $40 $1.00
thru 4-5 $40 $1.00
$30/$60 6-10 $70 $2.00
$30/$60 6-10 $40 $1.00
$30/$60 6-10 $70 $2.00
$30/$60 6-10 $100 $3.00

The rake at this site is pretty stock standard. The used to offer better value for the lower limit games, but is now your standard 5 per cent capped at $3 for medium limit casino games in canada. For lower limit games a max of $1 for $1/$2 games and 50 cents for $0.5/$1 games is taken out of the pot. However, this is only taken if the pot reaches $20 and $5 respectively, which is not a bad deal. For higher limit games Empire Poker offers pretty good value with significantly less than 5 per cent taken out of each pot.


Player Traffic

Needless to say, as part of the Party Poker network, Empire Poker has a huge player base. Little waiting is required for sit and go tournaments and there are numberous cash games with plenty of action 24 hours a day. In fact, the site is the largest poker room full stop. I have seen 45000 players online playing recently and the number is growing every day. The daily average of real money players is around 10 000. This is obviously due to the sites marketing campaign that has been extensive. The empirepoker Sunday tournament is currently the best value online as they are adding prize money every week.


Very easy site navigation and lots of information in the lobbys, yet they manage to stay uncluttered. There is plenty of action at Empire Poker at all stake levels, making the playability here very good. Novices and experts alike will feel right at home at EmpirePoker.

Deposit options

Many deposit options are available, they include:

Visa; MasterCard; eChecks; FPS epassport; Global Calling Card; NETeller; FirePay; Citadel; Wire Transfer; Inter-Account Transfers.


Software and Extra Features


Running on the same platform as Party Poker, Empire have a good steady base for their poker room. There should be no problems with this ultra reliable software in any department.

Extra Features

VIP Rake Back. If you play a lot of online poker then you’ll know how expensive the rake can be over time, this is a superb idea by Empire and sure to attract many full and part time players. VIPs also get a free webpage if you wish to have one.

Player Notes. Keep track of any player you want with the player notes at Empire. An excellent way of recalling any one players style.
Stats. Easily available and easy to view, these stats are essential for any serious poker player.


Customer Service

The Customer Service at this site is first class and very professional. With the online floor person, there is always support at hand. If you do not require immediate attention however, the email support is responsive and detailed.

Site Security

This site is doing well, it is the largest online poker room in terms of traffic. No problems here at all. A large player base will sustain Empire for many years to come.