Sky Poker Promotions and Traffic Overview

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Sky Poker is operated by the Sky Broadcasting company and runs on its own independent network. Sky Poker is a well known UK and Ireland facing room, is regulated in the UK and is a trusted place to play poker. According to Pokerscout, Sky Poker sits at around the 25th largest network on the internet, making it a smaller network. Despite that, Sky Poker effectively markets to recreational players and attracts more still through Sky TV, a British TV channel where Sky Poker tables, tournaments and content are broadcasted and players can receive feedback on their play.
Network Independent
Skin Sky Poker
Website http://www.skypoker.com/
License UK Gambling Commission + Alderney
Sign-up Instructions Click here for Sign-up instructions.
Bonus 200% up to £500
Extra Promotions
US Friendly No
Skrill Loyalty Yes
P2P Option No
Rake 5 – 7.5%.  See below for details
Rake Calculation Method Weighted Contributed
Deposits and Withdrawal Options  Credit Card, Skrill, Neteller, Laser, Paypal
Support Details Email, Chat and Phone support available here.
Live Chat Yes

Traffic and Games:

Traffic on Sky Poker peaks during European evenings and weekends.  Traffic is decent and Sky Poker TV, well-placed advertising and the integrated casino and sportsbooks bring plenty of fish to the tables.  Mobile and Web clients also make it easy for recreational players to join the action.  All games run in GBP, and games regularly run as high as £2k NL, which is quite amazing for a smaller network.

For NLHE at peak times, you can expect 1 table from NL300 to NL2k though traffic at higher stakes can be a bit unpredictable.  You should expect 3-4 tables of NL200, 6 tables of Nl100, 6 tables of NL50 with another 4 NL50 cap tables.  At microstakes, you can expect more than 20 tables at NL20/30, NL10/8 and NL4. There is some sporadic PLO traffic as well.  There is some traffic from PLO500 to PLO2k at peak times, along with fairly consistent 1-2 tables running at PLO200 and below.

SNG traffic is poor.  There is irregular traffic at Double or Nothing SNGs from £5.50 to £55 and very few Turbo SNGs.   Tournament traffic, however, is good.  Sky Poker runs a ‘Magnificent Seven’ nightly tournament schedule that guarantee £200,000 in prizes each week.  Each night, a ‘Main Event’ runs at 8:00 PM GMT (see below for details).  Finally, running from February 22nd to March 1st  is the Sky Poker UK Poker Championship which guarantees £1 million in prizes.  You can read more about this event and the satellite schedule here.

skypokertourneyweeklySky Poker’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Nightly Tournament Schedule.


Software and Tracking:

Overall, the Sky Poker software is mediocre.  It works, although it is somewhat slow, and some features like the tiling function don’t work perfectly.  Tables pending action don’t always call your attention, meaning it’s easy to time-out.  Furthermore, mass-tabling is not possible on Sky Poker as the software imposes a four table limit.  Still, many of the standard features are available and smooth multi-tabling features aren’t really necessarily on a network with a four table limit.  Due to the network’s policy not to allow HUDs, Pokertracker and Hold’em Manager are not supported.

Cashier and Payment Options:

Generally speaking, cashouts to eWallets are processed within a day or two and cashouts to credit cards are paid within 2-5 business days.  Credit Card, Neteller, Skrill, Laser and Paypal are accepted as payment options.  Please note that Sky Poker will hold funds won within the past 24 hours when attempting to cashout.

Rake Structure and Rakeback:

Stake Number of Players Rake in % Rake Cap (£)
NL2 to NL10 2 7.5% £0.70
  3 or more 7.5% £1.40
NL20 and above 2 5% £1.00
  3 or more 5% £1.80

Rake Structure at Sky Poker.

Rake at Sky Poker is calculated according to the structure above using the weighted contributed method.  Note that while rake is relatively high at microstakes, rake caps are quite favourable at mid and highstakes due to low caps on rake.

Sky Poker offers a 200% up to £500 First Deposit Bonus.  The bonus lasts 30 days and clears at a rate of £10 for every 250 poker points earned.  6 Poker Points are earned for every £1 paid in rake and 10 Poker Poins are earned for every £1 in tournament fees, making this bonus worth roughly 24% in cashback at cash games and 40% in cashback in MTTs and SNGs.

Furthermore, all players can opt in to the VIP program by following the instructions here.  The program places players into 6 tiers based on their performance in a given month, with players’ rewards tiers resetting at the start of each new month.   Throughout the month, players climb through the tiers and receive a bonus at the start of the next month based on their rewards level (summarized below).

Tier Monthly Points Requirement Cash Game Rake Requirement (£) MTT/SNG Rake Requirement (£) Bonus earned Rakeback earned
Bronze 100 16.67 10 £0.01 per Poker Point (6% at Cash Tables) N/A
Silver 3000 500 300 £0.015 per Poker Point (9% at Cash Tables) N/A
Gold 5000 833.33 500 £0.02 per Poker Point (12% at Cash Tables) N/A
Priority Bronze 10000 1666.67 1000 N/A 20%
Priority Silver 20000 3333.33 2000 N/A 25%
Priority Gold 30000 5000 3000 N/A 30%

Requirements and Rewards for the 6 levels of the Sky Poker VIP Program.

All players will be also be eligible for VIP-Grinders Rewards.  For more details, or to discuss your personal deal on Sky Poker please contact us here.


Overall, Sky Poker is a trusted medium sized operator offering fishy games on a European schedule.  The software is nothing special and imposes a 4 table limit, though the games are quite soft and traffic is decent enough at peak times for midstakes grinders to find tables worth adding.  We invite you to contact us here to discuss your personal deal and find out how we can make playing on Sky Poker profitable for you.

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