BY JOSH H, OWNER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
In my online poker infancy back in 2004, finding an "easy" poker site was as easy as spinning the dial and jumping headfirst into the latest fish pond advertising on TV. Sit back and cast your line.
These days? Not so much. Dwindling new players, tight-fisted poker site promotions, a wishy-washy economy, and borderline cheating heads-up display users nearly ruined a beautiful thing.
What used to be easy poker sites are now often filled with a mature poker populace that ties up their bankrolls tighter than the Gordian Knot. They splash some chips around about every Halley's Comet visit or two.
Depressing thoughts, to be sure. Here's the thing, though:
There are still easy poker sites around... if you know where to look.
Don't be that player who swears off online poker because you lost your deposit at PokerStars to some HUD-leeching, 20-table grinding, single-digit-flop-percentage-creating "shark".
Be the wanderer who found the oasis in the shark-filled sands, where the recreational players file in like sardines waiting to be canned.
I've been on the beat looking for the easiest poker sites to play at for more than a decade.
Let's dive into it and look at:
It's just a fact of the online poker world: all-in-one gaming houses like BetOnline Poker simply attract worse poker players.
They've grown quite a bit, but they're still one of the easiest sites to win at that supports players from the USA.
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I don't know how they do it. Well, actually, I do. Stay ahead of the competition by banning HUDs and continuing drawing casuals.
That's how Ignition Poker has always been one of the easiest poker sites in the world, not just in the USA. They're killing it with 30+% per flop at every table.
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Easily the easiest online poker room open to US players.
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To be clear, no poker site is "easy" in a vacuum. No one is going to pay you just for showing up. When I refer to a site as easy, I mean that solid experienced players will probably find it more profitable on average than competing sites.
That will mostly be due to a weaker average player base and it will often be at the expense of your short-term variance. Easy poker sites are more volatile, but have a higher ceiling for wins.
I think there are four main factors that determine how difficult a poker site's player base is:
1. The clientele the poker site tries to attract.
2. Support for tracking software.
3. Rewards for grinders.
4. The design of the software.
Generally speaking, when poker players talk about an "easy" table or soft games, they're talking about games filled with loose-aggressive (also called maniacs) or loose-passive (also called calling stations) player types.
Players willing to commit a lot of chips on gambles, hunches, blind aggression, or, in the case of calling stations, simply because you did it first are going to result in bigger average pots and more players seeing each flop.
Since the most common play style of educated players is tight-aggressive, they fit with loose players perfectly who can be waited out for big pots with premium hands. Poker sites are easier to win at when filled with those types of players.
Signs of easy sites will include:
Conversely, poker sites filled with tight timid players are the toughest to crack profits with.
For one reason alone: you'll win more often and see a greater hourly win rate. Although you'll see more bad beats and increase your variance against easy players, that's actually exactly what you should hope for.
If you're consistently getting money into the pot when you're the favorite to win you're making correct decisions, regardless of the outcome. Simple math proves that, long-term, you'll always see positive value from being the favorite.
Easy players giving you action on your premium hands and putting in entire stacks on speculative hands is exactly who you want playing at your next poker site.
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