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Online Poker Available in the US

It might not always feel like it but several reputable online poker rooms remain available to US players.

It might not always feel like it but several reputable online poker rooms remain available to US players.

“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



US allowed
Visit Site Overall Rating: 8.2 Review


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Not to my surprise, the typically-rebellious Bovada has made clear that they will continue to accept US players to players to its online poker room. They have continued to be a dependable US destination as they stay true to their alternative attitude and disregard for overzealous US government legislation.

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.

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BetOnline Poker

US allowed
Visit Site Overall Rating: 8.1 Review

BetOnline Poker

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The launch of a brand-new poker room that specifically targets US players was perhaps unthinkable after “Black Friday” yet BetOnline is doing just that.

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.


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Sportsbetting Poker

US allowed
Visit Site Overall Rating: 8 Review

Sportsbetting Poker

200% up to $2,500 and 25% free sports bet
Even though SportsBetting Poker is nearly a carbon copy of BetOnline, it gives US players another strong choice in a market that came close to collapsing in 2011.

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.


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Poker Sites NOT Available to US Players

Unfortunately, the following sites/networks either never allowed US players, stopped allowing them following the UIGEA in 2006, or were forced to after Black Friday in 2011:

  • PokerStars
  • 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
  • PKR

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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No Responses to “Full Tilt Poker For US Players”

    1. Hi, thanks for the question. I’m not familiar with them personally, but what I have heard hasn’t been good.

      I had a quick look and I believe they’re on the Revolution network? If so, I would advise any player to stay as far away as possible.

  1. I can’t believe it. A legit poker site review page. Everyone claims their the best, hell some still promote Lock Poker. Which I have wrote asking them how much Lock is paying them and how do they live their lives knowing what a piece of **** they are for steering some newb their way. You did a very informative thorough article on my fave site. But I have to disagree with you on one point. You keep going back to how low the tourney traffic is. Well in a let’s say 2K GTD. tournament I would figure you want fewer people. The tournament doesnt take forever and with less people that means there are less people who are better than you. So its a win, win. Give that some thought.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Yeah, it disgusts me as well, which is why I talk a lot about being trying to be different than other poker review sites out there.

      So many are so clearly biased by money that it borders on (or sometimes outright qualifies as) dishonesty when sites actually are still willing to send players to scam poker rooms. Lock is one example. I stopped linking to them years ago.

      You’re right that lower tournament traffic can be an positive in terms of overlays and time investment. I touch on that in the tournament section. However, when most of the events draw less than 100 players it’s just not a serious feature for a lot of tournament players.

      Full Flush is still fine for quick low-stakes events to play alongside a cash game.

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