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!

 
Ignition Casino Poker Room

Ignition is, in our opinion, the best place to play online poker in the United States. It's the 3rd largest poker network in the world, and we've been playing there for years and doing quite well year after year. There is around-the-clock cash game action at stakes up to $10/$20 No Limit Hold'em and PLO, and we enjoy the large tournaments they regularly host, including the $100k Guarantee every Sunday ($162 buy-in). The main drawback is that it's not directly compatible with PokerTracker4 or Hold'em Manager, but to be honest that keeps the games soft and full of recreational players. 

(Note: if you live in Canada or South America, you can sign up to Bodog which offers the same software and shared player pool.)

FEATURES:

  • US Friendly!

  • Plenty of cash game action across all stakes from $0.02/$0.05 all the way up to $10/$20

  • Sit and Go Tournaments from $1.10 buy-in up to $210 buy-in

  • Multi-table Tournaments from $0.77 buy-in up to $450 buy-in

  • Some of the softest games on the internet!

  • Anonymous Tables

  • Weekly $100,000 Guarantee Tournament (every Sunday)

  • Wide Selection of Games: No Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, Limit Holdem, Limit Omaha, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo

  • Zone Poker - a poker variant in which any time you fold you immediately get dealt a new hand!

  • Up to $2000 Sign Up Bonus

  • Very Fast Cash Outs

  • Play up to 4 cash game tables at once, and as many tournaments as you want

  • Mobile option so you can play on your phone or tablet!

Deposit Options:

  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Bitcoin

Withdrawal Options: 

 

  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Bitcoin, Bank Wire, Personal Check

Cash Game Rake Structure:

Ignition Poker Rake Structure
Ignition poker rake structure

Screenshots:

Ignition Poker play money table
Ignition Poker microstakes table
High stakes PLO on Ignition Poker

To sign up for Ignition Poker and claim your $2000 Welcome Bonus, click here:

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BetOnline is another good option for US players. In addition to poker, it has a strong sportsbook and casino, which helps bring recreational players over to the poker client. It also offers unusual games such as 32 Card Draw, Americana, and 7 Card Stud, although it can be difficult to find action in those games, especially during off-hours. However, there is still plenty of around-the-clock traffic at No Limit Hold'em and PLO, especially at small stakes. In fact, BetOnline provides the smallest stakes poker anywhere online at its 1 cent/2 cent tables, so if you have a small bankroll this site is a perfect choice. Also, unlike Ignition, players at BetOnline have static screen names so you always know who you're playing against. Deposits and Cash Outs are impressively fast, and they offer a generous $2500 sign-up bonus if you sign up here.

FEATURES:

  • US Friendly!

  • Good action across all stakes from $0.01/$0.02 to $5/$10

  • Sit and Gos and Tournaments from $0.05 buy-in up to $525 buy-in

  • Wide Selection of Games: No Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, Limit Holdem, Limit Omaha, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 32 Card Draw, Americana

  • 100% up to $2500 Sign Up Bonus

  • $10,000 Weekly Cash Race

  • Fast Cash Outs

  • Highly customizable table themes

  • Excellent moblie app so you can play anywhere!

Deposit Options:

  • Credit Card, Debit Card, Bitcoin, Western Union, MoneyGram, Wire Transfer, Cashier's Check, Money Order, Litecoin

Withdrawal Options: 

 

  • Bitcoin, Check, MoneyGram, ATM Card, Wire Transfer, Skrill, Neteller

Cash Game Rake Structure:

Betonline poker rake structure

Screenshots:

BetOnline poker screenshot
BetOnline 4max table
Betonline options

To sign up for BetOnline and claim your $2500 Sign Up Bonus, click here:

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Americas Cardroom is our #3 choice for online poker in the US. With plenty of traffic and excellent software, the main reason it ranks below Ignition and BetOnline is because of the toughness - games here tend to be filled with mostly professionals. This is partly due to their VIP Elite Rewards system, which incentivises high-volume players. That said, Americas Cardroom is the absolute best US online poker room in two regards: multi table tournaments and high stakes cash games. No Limit Hold'em and PLO run all the way up to $25/$50, and tournaments run regularly with up to $1 million guarantees - sometimes even higher! Deposits and Withdrawals are exceedingly fast. It's also the only US online poker network which is directly compatible with PokerTracker and Hold'em Manager, which may appeal to you. 

FEATURES:

  • US Friendly!

  • High traffic across all stakes from $0.01/$0.02 to $25/$50

  • LOTS of Sit and Gos and Multi Table Tournament action from freerolls to $2100 buy-ins

  • Nice Variety of Games: No Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, Limit Holdem, Limit Omaha, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo

  • Unique Sit and Go variants like Jackpot Poker and SNG 2.0

  • 100% up to $1000 deposit bonus

  • Fast Cash Outs

  • VIP Elite Rewards System

Deposit Options:

  • Credit Card, Debit Card, Bitcoin, Money Transfer

Withdrawal Options: 

 

  • Bitcoin, Check, Money Transfer, ATM Card

Cash Game Rake Structure:

Americas Cardroom Rake Structure

Screenshots:

Americas Cardroom Table
Total Online Poker Americas Cardroom PLO screenshot
Americas Cardroom Lobby

To sign up for Americas Cardroom and claim your $1000 Sign Up Bonus, click here and make sure to enter promo code: totalacr

The sites we've reviewed above are really the only three US online poker rooms that are worth playing on. There are a couple other fringe options for online poker in the US, such as Intertops, but there tends to be low traffic there, especially at stakes above $0.05/$0.10. In some cases, these fringe sites are not as reliable as the sites listed above in terms of cash out speed and game security. We fully endorse Ignition Casino, BetOnline, and Amercas Cardroom; if you choose to play elsewhere while in the United States, play at your own risk!

If you are outside of the United States, you have plenty of other options. Check out our International Online Poker Room Reviews here!

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