Online Poker Available in the US
“I live in the US and I still want to play online poker. Where can I go?”
There are still many poker sites that will accept US citizens despite the passage of the Port Security Act and its unrelated attachment: the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
I recommended the following poker rooms before this nonsense and I recommend them even higher now for continuing to be available to US players.
The following sites realize that US law has no jurisdiction on international companies and it’s encouraging to see them sending one of two messages to Americans: “we’re here to stay” or “it’s business as usual”.
Many poker sites have partnered with me to offer larger bonuses to US players who come through Beat The Fish.
Poker Sites Available to US Players
While they initially had trouble sending out US checks in a timely fashion following the UIGEA they’ve improved payout times significantly in recent years to seize the title of quickest US-facing payouts online.
Kudos to Bovada for continuing to cater to US citizens despite being one of the biggest targets over the years. With so few poker rooms remaining in the US market this is one of the better choices with a long history of player trust, a large deposit bonus, and much looser-than-average tables.
The player base has always been soft up to the higher limits with 30-35% average flop numbers typical at full 9-player tables. Bovada has also perennially had one of the best deposit bonuses online with a 100% offer for our players with a $1,000 cap.
Previously 10% extra was given immediately after your deposit as instant cash but our new players are now given an extra 50% as a risk-free sports bet with the opportunity to earn more bonus money. Bovada has also always excelled in terms of banking, which is especially noteworthy in the current market conditions.
They have some of the best credit card deposit rates online with 5-7 day withdrawal times that run circles around the competition. In the current US poker landscape Bovada is actually now the longest-tenured brand and has strong ratings across the board.
Best Features: substantial bonus, one of the loosest player bases, fast and simple software, dependable payouts.
Serving mainly as a casino/sportsbook one-stop-shop for over a decade this brand is finally branching out into poker and the timing couldn’t be better for US players. The main draws of BetOnline include the excellent cashier system and the horrendous quality of their player base.
US credit cards should be accepted at a near-100% success rate due to their proprietary cashier system. Remarkably, BetOnline also often accepts e-check checking account deposits either via the public cashier or by requesting it from support.
The actual poker room is still growing with a lot of potential due to its incredibly loose player base. While the traffic numbers are still low the poker room has just launched and thus is largely populated by existing casino and sportsbook players.
As exposure for the poker room grows and US players realize its one of the few games left in town with easy deposit options the traffic numbers will inevitably spike. Cash games are currently active up to the $1/2 NL level with flop percentages frequently exceeding 30%.
Our new players also receive a 200% bonus, free real-money tournament dollars, and a 25% instant sports bonus.
Best features: Specifically caters to US players, terribly loose tables, e-check and credit card deposits.
Despite a long history in the online gaming market the parent company had largely fallen into disrepair and earned a poor reputation until it was recently purchased, revived, and relaunched.
All-in-one gaming sites are likely the future to the US market thanks to their financial stability, liquidity from side games, and lengthy experience in building cashiers that work with the US market difficulties.
For US players weary of blocked deposits and tight-fisted tables SportsBetting Poker is a breath of fresh air. The built-in cashier is one of the top 2 in the US market with proprietary processors that shouldn’t experience a declined transaction with any US credit, debit, or prepaid gift card.
As good as the deposits are the payouts are just as impressive with low fees and a half-dozen options to get winnings into players’ hands within a week. The player traffic should be sustainable thanks to appearing on an existing network and, more importantly, some of the loosest cash games online, US market or not.
The bonus package for our new players includes a 200% play-through offer, free real money for tournament play, and instant free money in the sports section.
Best features: new option for US players, excellent cash games, quick payouts, no credit card deposit difficulties.
Poker Sites NOT Available to US Players
- Full Tilt Poker
- 888 Poker
- PartyGaming (Party Poker, Empire Poker, any skin)
- OnGame (PokerRoom, Hollywood Poker, any skin)
- iPoker, Playtech (Titan Poker, Noble Poker, CD Poker, any skin)
- Crytologic (Sun Poker, InterPoker, any skin)
- Boss Media (Celeb Poker, PokerHeaven, Mansion Poker, any skin)
- Everest Poker
- Paradise Poker
While it may be easy for US poker players to be outraged, discouraged, and simply give up the game they love, why would you? It still isn’t a crime to play and there are plenty of privately-owned poker sites who will continue to legally offer games to US citizens, which we’ve outlined above.
While a few corrupt special interests may have gotten us into this mess and moved us backward in terms of global commerce, I’m confident that you will always be able to play online poker from the US if you choose to. For now, that hope hasn’t been destroyed.
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