Online Poker Rooms

Deciding where you should play poker online depends on a few key factors, the most important of which is what country you live in. Back in April of 2011, the United States prohibited certain gambling websites from operating in the U.S. The good news is that there are still a few great and perfectly legal options for U.S. players.

Other questions to ask yourself when choosing a site to play include: What games and stakes do you want to play? Do you want to also be able to bet on sports and casino games? How soft/easy are the current games on a given poker network? We tend not to care too much about the visual aesthetics of each site, but you might and that's okay! We include screenshots so you can decide if you like the way a site looks.

We've divided our reviews into two sections: U.S. Friendly sites, and ROW (rest-of-world) sites. We've chosen to focus only on the best online poker sites and ignore smaller "fringe" sites, since funds might not be safe there and game integrity might be questionable. That said, if you have any questions feel free to contact us, as we do have opinions on pretty much every poker site in existence!

 
Betsson Banner

Betsson is a member of the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN), which is one of the largest online poker rooms in the world. Betsson in particular has been around for over a decade and is known for its safety, security, reliability, and customer service. In fact, they were rated #1 in customer support at the 2016 EGR Nordics Awards. You will find 24/7 cash game traffic all the way up to €50/€100 at both No Limit Hold'em and PLO, and tournaments up to €320 buy-in. If you're looking to mix it up, Betsson also provides unique game types for online poker rooms such as Razz and 5 Card Draw. They offer an excellent rewards program, offering a flat 30% rakeback which you can redeem at any time, as well as a €1000 First Deposit Bonus. Due to its impressively low rake at small stakes, we recommend this site as by far the best option for players who want to start playing microstakes cash games online. We find the games here to be softer than most of the other major online poker rooms, but still can be competitive at higher stakes. 

FEATURES:

  • Good action across all stakes from €0.01/€0.02 to €50/100

  • 24/7 Sit and Gos and Tournaments up to €320 buy-in

  • 30% Rakeback reedemable at any time!

  • €1000 Welcome Bonus

  • #1 in Customer Support (around-the-clock live chat and phone support) and Game Security

  • Wide variety of game-types: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, Razz, 5 Card Stud, and 5 Card Draw

  • Mobile Option so you can play on your phone or tablet

  • Lowest rake anywhere at small stakes

Deposit Options:

  • Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, Paysafe Card, EcoPayz, Entropay, Bank Transfer

Withdrawal Options: 

 

  • Visa, Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz, Entropay, Bank Transfer

 

 

Cash Game Rake Structure: 5%, with the following caps:                                                      

2 players seated:

Betsson Microgaming Poker Rake Structure

3-4 players seated:

Betsson Microgaming Poker Rake Structure

5 or more players seated:

Betsson Microgaming Poker Rake Structure

Screenshots:

Betsson Poker Microgaming table screenshot
Betsson Poker screenshot
Betsson Poker lobby screenshot

To sign up for Betsson and claim your 30% Rakeback and 1000 Sign Up Bonus, click here:

betsson poker sign up bonus
Party Poker Banner

Party Poker is one of the oldest online poker sites still around. They took a pretty big hit after being forced out of the US in 2006, but they are now re-emerging as one of the best places to play. Lately they have made some changes geared towards benefiting recreational players, such as introducing anonymous screen tables and removing table selection. We like the way this company is headed. They offer a wide array of Hold'em and Omaha cash games and tournaments, including a $300k guarantee every Sunday, as well as consistent fun promotions. The rake at micro-stakes is not quite as low as on Betsson, but Party Poker is pretty darn soft, and there is more traffic here, especially at higher stakes. Speaking of high stakes---the games here run all the way up to $50/$100! So if you're looking for a site with heavy traffic and high-stakes action, Party is the best choice. They recently revamped their rewards system to offer up to 40% rakeback, and on top of that we offer a 100% welcome bonus of up to $500 on your first deposit to help you get started.

FEATURES:

  • Good action across all stakes up to $50/$100

  • 24/7 Sit and Gos and Tournaments up to $5200 buy-in

  • $300k Guarantee every Sunday

  • Good rewards program with up to 40% Rakeback

  • $500 Welcome Bonus

  • Sit & Go HEROs - a 4-player Jackpot Sit and Go where you can win up to $1.1 million!

  • FastForward Poker - a game type in which you instantly get dealt a new hand whenever you fold

  • Nice Mobile App for all phones so you can play real-money poker from anywhere

  • Exclusive $7500 monthly rake race

Deposit Options:

  • Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Skrill, Neteller, Paypal, Bank Transfer, Bank Wire, PaySafe Card, EntroPay

Withdrawal Options: 

 

  • Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Skrill, Neteller, Paypal, Bank Transfer, Bank Wire, PaySafe Card, EntroPay

 

 

Cash Game Rake Structure:                                             

partypoker rake structure

Screenshots:

partypoker table screenshot
partypoker screenshot
partypoker lobby

To sign up for Party Poker and claim your $500 Welcome Bonus, click here:

partypoker deposit bonus banner
Betfair Poker Banner

Betfair is a member of the iPoker Network and is run by the world's largest online betting company. It has solid software and a large player pool made up of players from all around the world. The games here tend to be slightly tougher than most other sites, which we think has to do with the rewards system---we offer our Betfair players 55% rakeback, paid directly into their Betfair accounts. No Limit Texas Hold'em and PLO cash games run 24/7 at stakes up to €5/€10. They are the only poker room to provide a new game called Six-Plus Hold'em---a high-action hold'em variant in which deuces through fives are removed from the deck! You'll find plenty of tournaments and Sit & Gos that run throughout the week, as well as a hyper-turbo 3-player jackpot type of Sit & Go called Twister Poker where you can win up to $10,000 for only a $10 buy-in. Betfair is a great online poker option, but if you choose to play here, we recommend starting at small stakes and slowly moving your way up as you improve. That said, the 55% rakeback helps a lot and adds a regular boost to your bankroll.   

FEATURES:

  • Plenty of cash game action up to €5/10

  • Dynamic tournament schedule with large guarantees

  • 55% Rakeback paid directly into your Betfair account on the 5th of every month

  • Unique and fun poker variants like Twister Poker and Six Plus Holdem

  • Spped Poker - a poker game type in which any time you fold you immediately get dealt a new hand

  • Twister Poker €12,500 Weekly Rake Race

  • 1000 Sign Up Bonus

  • Very Fast Cash Outs

  • Nice Mobile App

Deposit Options:

  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Bank Transfer, POLi, BPay, Neteller, Moneybookers, Skrill

Withdrawal Options: 

 

  • Debit or Credit card, Bank Transfer, Moneybookers, Skrill, PayPal, Neteller, Web Money, Cheque

Cash Game Rake Structure:

Betfair Poker Cash Game Rake Structure
Twister Poker Rake Chart

Screenshots:

Betfair Poker Table Screenshot
Betfair Poker Screenshot
Betfair Poker Mobile App

To sign up for Betfair and claim your 55% Rakeback plus €1000 First Deposit Bonus, click here:

Betfair Deposit Bonus Banner
BestPoker Banner

BestPoker is part of the GG Poker Network, which is a burgeoning network that markets mostly to Asian players. While plenty of tournaments are offered throughout the week, BestPoker shines for its cash games. Whether you play No Limit Hold'em or Pot Limit Omaha, there is tons of cash game traffic all the way up to $25/$50. The software is smooth, fast, and attractive. The use of HUDs (heads-up displays) is strictly prohibited, and players can choose to "run it three times" in all-in situations. These factors keep the player pool perennially full of fish. We recommend staying away from the "All-In or Fold" format, which is more of a short-stacked gambling game, but if you stick to the normal tables you should do great. The rake is higher than at most other sites, but the soft games make up for it, plus if you sign up with us you get 35% rakeback automatically added to your account every Monday. BestPoker also has our all-time favorite mobile poker app - it's easy to use and you can even multi table! With juicy games and easy withdrawals, we love playing here

FEATURES:

  • Plenty of cash game action from $0.05/$0.10 up to $25/$50

  • Daily tournaments from $1 (with no rake!) to $150 buy-ins

  • Unique formats like Fortune Spin and All-In or Fold games

  • Fun table options like Run It Three Times, Straddling, All-in Insurance

  • One of the softest poker rooms on the internet

  • 35% Rakeback automatically into your account every week

  • $3000 Monthly Rake Race

  • Fast Cash Outs

  • Nice mobile app - you can play multiple tables on the app!

Deposit Options:

  • Visa, Mastercard, Neteller, Skrill, Trustly, Bank Transfer, Bitcoin

Withdrawal Options: 

  • Visa, Mastercard, Neteller, Skrill, Trustly, Bank Transfer, Bitcoin

 

Cash Game Rake Structure:

Best Poker GG Network rake structure

Screenshots:

To sign up for BestPoker and claim your 35% Weekly Rakeback, click here:

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BestPoker table screenshot
BestPoker GG Network PLO table screenshot
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