Reviews of the Best Online Poker Sites
Each poker site review on this page takes a look at the individual site's software, sign up bonus, player traffic, player competition, banking options, and support team. Our poker reviews aren't like most - we don't just assign each room with a 90+% score then encourage you to sign up. Our poker reviews give you an in depth look at each poker site, including screenshots of the poker room's software, detailed explanations of bonuses and promotions, and honest opinions about the sites. Click any of the links below to read full poker reviews:
888 Poker is the only poker room offering players a free no deposit bonus on top of a $600 deposit bonus. The poker room opened in 1997 and offers an excellent line-up of tournaments, cash games and fast software for Mac / Windows.
Bovada Poker is one of our favourite poker sites. Bovada offers easy to beat competition, tons of deposit methods for USA and non-USA players, and great overlay tournaments with huge guaranteed prize pools.
Full Tilt is the second biggest online poker site in the world, so they naturally offer more real money games than other poker sites. There are hundreds of real money games running at all hours, including Hold'em and Omaha tables.
William Hill offers sports, casino, bingo, games and poker within one site. The poker room is powered by the iPoker Network, features progressive bad beat jackpots, high stakes poker and an excellent rewards program. Customer support is available any hour of the day via phone, email or live chat.
Bet Online Poker is a brand new room backed by one of the leading sports books, BetOnline.com. The poker room offers an instant cash bonus on all deposits, easy access to the sports book and casino and is the only USA friendly poker room accepting eCheck deposits.
Just in front of Full Tilt, PokerStars is the biggest poker site in the world. There are ring games, sit and go's, and multi table tournaments, offered in Hold'em, Omaha, and many more variations like Badugi and H.O.R.S.E.
CarbonPoker.com is one of the leading poker rooms on the Merge network, and one of the few poker sites still accepting USA players post-Black Friday. Lock offers lightning-fast software as well as cool features like 1-card show and rabbing hunting.
LockPoker.com is the largest Mac compatible poker room on the Merge Gaming Network. The poker room supports a wide variety of games, including mixed games and offers a fantastic bonus for new depositing players.
Party Poker is the third largest online poker site in the world. Party Poker offers Beginners' Tables where new players can compete against other new players so the level of competition isn't as high.
BWIN is powerhouse, offering sports betting, casino games and poker from one account. The poker room utilizes OnGame software, which features sharp graphics, plenty of options for players to take advantage of and is compatible with Mac, Linux and Windows OS.
Winner Poker is backed by the award winning Playtech software and is the leading poker room featured on the iPoker Network. In addition to providing a lightening fast platform, the poker room is allows players to play poker in Euros, Pounds, CDN, USD and South African Rands.
Mansion Poker (along with Titan Poker) is one of the premier rooms on the iPoker network. USA players are not accepted, but non-USA players will find an easy to clear bonus as well as soft cash games and big tournaments.
Betfair is one of the most trusted online poker rooms, especially in the United Kingdom, where Betfair is regulated by the country's government. We love Betfair's smooth software and outstanding customer service.
PKR is unique because they offer 3D poker games. Every other poker site only offers the basic 2D views, but PKR has taken the game to a whole new level with realistic environments and graphics. I highly suggest checking them out.
Titan Poker is a smaller poker room that doesn't accept USA players. However, if you are outside the USA Titan Poker is an excellent option for playing real money poker games (Titan offers ring games, sit and go's, and tournaments).
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How We Ranked the Poker Sites
The poker rooms above are listed in specific order - the best poker sites are at the top, followed by the more run-of-the-mill poker sites towards the bottom. The rankings aren't a "paid placement" system either - we put each poker site where we truly felt they belonged. Here are the factors we used to rank the poker sites:
A big factor in our rankings was each site's overall reputation and history of business. The poker sites on this list are 100% safe to play at, and have provided fair, secure online poker games for years. We refused to list any brand new poker sites or small skins on shady poker networks because there is always a chance that players could get ripped off. If you stick to the poker sites above, you are assured of a safe and pleasant experience.
Every online poker site offers some sort of deposit bonus to entice players to make a real money poker deposit. Although some bonuses are bigger than others, often times the smaller ones are best because they are easier to clear. All poker bonuses have "clearing requirements" that force you to play poker to earn your bonus (in order to prevent fraud). Bonuses with easier clearing requirements are more valuable than bonuses with steep, hard to clear requirements. All of our poker site reviews analyze the bonus size as well as its clearing requirements.
The software at each online poker room is very important, so each site's software was a big focus of our poker site reviews. We took a look at the software's ease of use, download size, glitches, and availability to Windows AND Mac poker players. Also, we provide screenshots of each poker site's poker table so you can get a feel for the room.
Ring Game and Tournament Traffic/Ease of Competition
Another important ranking in our poker room reviews was each site's player traffic levels as well as the ease of competition. Rooms with lots of player traffic as well as easy-to-beat competition gained favor in our poker reviews.
Deposit Methods and Support
The final things we looked at were each site's deposit methods and support team. Favor was given to poker sites that offered plenty of deposit methods like credit cards and eChecks, as well as poker sites that offered knowledgeable support teams that were quick to respond.
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