American Poker Sites
When it comes to American poker sites, it has often been difficult for players to find a site that is right for their needs. It is not as though playing poker on US sites is illegal, this is not the case. However, it has been made very difficult for players to enjoy what a poker site has to offer thanks to the limitations imposed on banks by the US Government. This has led to the big crack down on poker sites in the United States but there have been some options for players to choose from.
Poker sites accepting American players
If you have wanted to play poker, there have been options available to you. It may not have been on the sites or networks that you dreamt of playing on but there have been options. To be honest, there have been a number of good options as well. The majority of US friendly poker sites follow the same sort of guidelines as the popular UK and European poker sites.
Some of the sites that are open to US players along conventional poker lines include:
Ignition Casino Poker
Ignition Casino is part of the Bodog company, a firm that was set up in 2000. Ignition Casino Poker was established in 2016, after taking over Bovada’s poker site, and has already grown to be one of the most consistent and popular US poker sites since. Ignition Casino is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and the site has an independent poker network, providing players with a unique poker experience.
With respect to size in the US, Ignition Casino is considered to be one of the best poker rooms for US players. It is believed that Ignition Casino averages a peak of around 2,600 players a night and it carries a poker network that is three times the size of its nearest US rival.
Ignition Casino Poker offers players a 100% matched deposit bonus when they sign up and make an initial deposit. The minimum amount required to gain this bonus is 10% and the maximum bonus allowable through this bonus is $1,000.
Players will receive their bonus in chunks as they earn points. Players have 30 days to earn the required level of Poker Points to clear their bonus.
Americas Cardroom was previously known as Doyles Room, which was because it was endorsed by poker star Doyle Brunson. The site is part of the Winning Poker Network and as its proud name suggests, it is a US friendly poker site. There are plenty of deposit methods available to US poker players so if you are looking to make the most of your US poker playing opportunities, this is the site to trust. The site was first launched back in 2001 and it is licensed in Cyprus.
New players on Americas Cardroom get the opportunity to grab a 100% first deposit bonus up to $1,000. The minimum amount a player needs to deposit to be eligible for this promotion is $50 and they have a total of 60 days to play through their bonus. A player will earn $1 of their bonus for every 27.5 Rank Points that they earn on site.
There has been an alternative to this style of site though with membership poker sites. These are sites that are run and organized differently from the standard poker site, where players pay a monthly members fee to take part and play for poker prizes. This is an option that many poker players have turned to and there is no doubt that having as many poker options available to US poker players has been a good thing.
Anyone who has any concerns about playing online poker in America should find that ClubWPT provides a safe and reliable option. There is no need to make deposits and there is no need to make any buy-ins. Given that funding and finance have often caused the biggest issues when it comes to American poker, this is a good starting point for any sites in the United States.
ClubWPT provides a unique poker player experience and there are plenty of great prizes on offer. There are a number of satellite events lined up through the link to the WPT and there is more than $100,000 available in sweepstake prizes every month, which should be more than enough to keep even the keenest poker players interested.
Legal American poker sites
While playing online poker is not illegal in the States, there has been a number of changes in recent times and there are now sites that are fully licensed. These include
- Party Poker – which is licensed in New Jersey
- WSOP Poker – which is licensed in Nevada
With respect to the New Jersey licensed sites, which includes Party Poker, these will not be fully operational and open to US players until the 26th of November 2013. This means that the company is on its way to gaining a place in the grand scheme of American poker playing sites. The site, owned by the B.win Party group, will be able to operate within state borders at first (New Jersey and Nevada) but of course, there is expected to be a roll-out of availability after this which will see the site expand its reach.
At the very least, you should expect to see Party Poker up and running in the 2 main US online gaming states and the firm is expected to be in partnership with MGM Casinos and Boyd. However, there have been online rumors circulating that Party Poker is a potential target for Google.
WSOP Poker launched on the 19th of September, providing an online poker experience to residents of Nevada and the 40 million visitors that visit the site every year. 888 Holdings, who power the UK version of the WSOP site will also provide the software that powers the US site. The main focus of prizes and promotions from the launch of the new site has been satellite events for the major WSOP events taking place around the world.
While players around the country are still waiting to have the same legal poker privileges that the residents and visitors in Nevada and New Jersey have, there is no doubt that things are finally moving forward at a great pace for US poker players.