I joined Stanjames as a new poker player who had moved his bankroll off from Partypoker after clearing my deposit bonus period there. I play primarily 6max NLHE at micro stakes 2 and 4NL, so these are what I can review.
- The games are soft. Not as a soft as 888 or Partypoker, but even with lazy table selection you can be sitting with at least 1-2 fish at 6max tables.
- There is always tonnes of traffic in the microgaming network, it can peak at around 14k people online and even in terrible hours the traffic won't drop below 4.5k
- The exclusive rake races are awesome, there is a real opportunity to gain decent rakeback in semi-competitive races before you get your flat rakeback from the site and from the Pokervip exclusive race.
- For those prone to tilting at higher stakes than their bankroll, Stanjames have an awesome tiltbuster feature where you can ask the support staff to lock your account from playing at higher stakes than you can afford. This has been a bankroll saver for me many times!
- The support is amazing, the live chat will get you in touch with someone within 30 seconds and they are super helpful.
- The new software is awesome. Super smooth and looks great!
- The 30% rakeback system is great, you can clear it instantly every time you generate even 1$ in rakeback. One of the best systems for rakeback you'll find.
- No traffic for speed games past 2NL. This is a big downside for a lot of people and also why I've chosen to give it 4 stars. However if you're someone who prefers not to play speed anyway, this shouldn't affect you at all.
- Lack of traffic for SnGs. Despite the lucrative SnG exclusive rake race, you won't be able to get in the kind of multi-tabling you need to make a decent hourly from SnGs here. Although they are super super soft. Nevertheless, Stanjames are doing more and more promos to change this so I'm optimistic about the state of SnGs here for the future.
- Lack of cool satellite tournies, this might be an issue if you like playing satellites for live events. There simply aren't enough entrants for most of these to even start the tournament.
Overall, despite the lack of speed, I think that Stanjames is one of the best places for 6max NLHE cashgame players to be at right now. I certainly will be playing here for the foreseeable future.