Poker players in the USA often run into difficulties when it comes to signing up to online poker sites – many international sites do not accept US players due to legal restrictions. Despite this, there are still a good number of reputable poker sites which will allow US players to join. Thanks to UIGEA legislation, poker sites are not legally authorised to base themselves in the United States, except in individual states where online poker sites are linked with a land based casino, such as in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania among others. Players are not stopped from playing online poker at sites registered outside of the US however, and there are plenty of excellent and reliable online poker rooms out there for US players to join. We’ve compiled our list of the top ten!

 

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1 Bet Online Poker US allowed 4.7/5 200% up to $1000 Visit Site
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2 SB Poker US allowed 4/5 75% up to $2000 Visit Site
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3 Ignition Poker US allowed 4/5 100% up to $1100 Visit Site
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4 Bovada US allowed 3.9/5 % up to Visit Site
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5 Intertops US allowed 3.9/5 200% up to $1000 Visit Site
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6 BlackChip Poker US allowed 3.8/5 100% up to $1000 Visit Site
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7 True Poker US allowed 3.8/5 % up to Visit Site
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8 Americas Cardroom US allowed 3.7/5 100% up to $1000 Visit Site
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9 Betcoin Poker US allowed 3.4/5 100% up to 1BTC Visit Site
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10 Carbon Poker US allowed 3.4/5 % up to Visit Site
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Top Ten Poker Sites for US Players

Americas Cardroom

Americas Cardroom

Americas Cardroom began its life as “DoylesRoom”, a popular poker site named after the legendary Las Vegas poker player Doyle Brunson. It had a makeover in 2011 and emerged as Americas Cardroom, part of the Winning Poker Network (WPN). It has a solid reputation and offers secure banking options with quick payouts and deposits. Software is advanced yet simple to navigate, and the site offers a wide range of poker games from low to high stakes. The VIP programme on Americas cardroom is attractive, consisting of a method that uses the dealt rake method to calculate VIP points for players, which they can build up to exchange for cash rewards. There’s some big online tournaments here worth up to $1 million in prize money each year. Daily tournaments on Americas Cardroom have prize pools of $5,000 and the big Sunday event is worth $50,000.

 

BetOnline

BetOnline

This bookmaking site is the only one to serve all 50 states, which makes it the third biggest online gambling service in the USA. It’s fully legal for US players to use and offers a sportsbook, casino and poker room. It ran into some difficulties when it launched back in 2010 with regards to its links to rival poker networks, but it overcame controversy to become a favourite poker site for US players today. BetOnline’s poker traffic is fair, with competition being on the softer side. Depositing on BetOnline is usually instant and withdrawals are almost as fast (customers using the most common payment methods can access their winning in around 24 hours). When it comes to depositing money into your account here, there are plenty of e-wallets and even Bitcoin options offered. Software is simple, straightforward and fast to download. Daily freerolls are offered on BetOnline, with over $150,000 in prizes up for grabs in guaranteed tournaments each month. New players can triple their first deposit and give their bankroll a boost by depositing of $50 or more, and getting a 200% match bonus.

 

Bovada

Bovada

Technically a Canadian site, but since it accepts US players it deserves a spot on the list. It was created by Bodog, its sister site which is available to players outside the US. It’s a well-respected, fully licensed poker room which also offers a casino and a sportsbook. It’s a popular poker destination for online players, and tends to attract balance of casual poker fans and serious sharks. The software is impressive, with a unique Las Vegas style card room and a number of special features like table customisation, card animation and Rabbit Cam. Tournaments are varied and plentiful, with the Nightly Majors, Turbo Tournaments and the regular $100k Events all taking place on the site. First depositors will get a 100% Free Bet bonus on their first deposit up to $1,000. One of the site’s best features is the impressive speed of their payouts, players can rest assured there won’t be any difficulties in transferring money to and from their account.

 

Black Chip Poker

BlackChip Poker

Black Chip Poker is a fast growing poker room on the WPN network which has been a player on the online poker scene since 2008. It offers poker players a high level of traffic (thanks to its place on such a popular network) with up to 5,000 players online at any time. New customers to Black Chip are offered a 100% match bonus up to $1,000, which players will find surprisingly easy to convert. Players here can get involved in multiple games simultaneously. Freerolls are running all day everyday and Black Chip’s Sunday Special Tournament is the biggest Sunday major of any US poker site. Banking methods are sufficiently varied here and the speedy processing times will rival any big name poker site.

 

Carbon Poker

Carbon Poker

Part of the Merge Poker Network (MPN), Carbon Poker is popular with US customers for its varied selection of poker games and modern software, which has plenty of useful features, like customisable tables, instant play, quick seating and a time bank. New customers can avail of a first deposit match bonus of 100% up to $1,000 (depositing a minimum of $10 to avail of the offer). Attractive tournament opportunities like the Sunday $50,000 tournament, the Carbon Cash Game Challenge (which awards over $30,000 in cash prizes monthly) and the Bad Beat Jackpot offer huge cash prizes to Carbon players. The site has recently disappointed its customers due to its lack of VIP programme, which they discontinued in 2014.

 

Full Flush Poker

FullFlush Poker

Full Flush only launched in 2013 but has developed into a firm favourite amongst US poker players. There are a number of famous poker professionals who are affiliated to the Full Flush Team, which helps to boost its popularity. It’s a lively poker site with advanced software and and changing promotions offering great bonuses. A wide range of payment methods are offered here, which are all fast and promise to take no longer than 72 hours for cash withdrawals. New depositors can take advantage of the 200% Full Flush First Deposit Match Bonus up to a value of $1,000. Traffic here is decent, with competition being a good mix of softer and recreational, and more serious poker sharks. Texas Hold’em and Omaha are the only two games currently available at Full Flush, and the tournaments come with prizepools ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.

 

Intertops Poker

Intertops Poker

Intertops Poker been around since 1996, the very beginning of the online poker boom. It was the first online bookmaking site to allow players to transfer funds between their poker, casino and sports betting accounts – a useful feature which many gambling sites have subsequently copied. Intertops does not cover all US states unfortunately, a number of states are excluded from joining the site as customers (Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Washington). There’s a 200% first deposit bonus for new customers, up to $1,000 (once they pay $20 into their account). The site could do with a makeover however, with some of its software now looking a bit outdated when compared to other poker sites. A useful loyalty scheme here means that Intertops gives away up to $4,000 weekly to the site’s top Frequent Player Points collectors.

 

Pokerhost

Pokerhost

Considering itself to be the oldest and most respected online poker room on the internet, Carbon Poker is currently on the WPN after moving from Equity in 2104. It is the affiliated poker room of the online sportsbook SBG Global. PokerHost isn’t particularly flashy but it attracts a decent amount of traffic thanks to its easy to use software and attractive bonuses. It offers new players a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus, and existing customers can avail of a Birthday Bonus whereby they’ll receive a handy $10 bonus on their birthday. Tournaments are varied, with the Big $10k, new depositor freerolls and the High Five, as well as satellites to big live events. The Sunday Special has an impressive prize pool of $115,000. PokerHost is noted for its fast payouts to players, who can deposit to the site via Western Union, Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

 

PokerStars

Pokerstars

No top ten list would be complete without a nod to the world’s favourite poker site. With it’s huge tournaments, including the famous Sunday Million, offering big cash prizes PokerStars is the obvious choice for poker fans opting for an online site to deposit on. A wide range of poker games are available here, as well as the generous 100% first deposit bonus up to $600. A decent VIP scheme and efficient customer service make it a reliable choice.

 

Sportsbetting Poker

 

SportbettingThe Sportsbetting online poker room is a lesser known but still great option for US players on the Action Poker Network. Traffic levels here are fairly consistent, although the vast majority of games are concentrated in No Limit Texas Hold’em. The site is on the whole, shark-free as it mostly attracts low-level recreational players. Tournaments here aren’t as lucrative as more high-profile poker sites, but there is a weekly Sunday tournament with a $10,000 prize pool. New customers can benefit from a bonus of 200% extra on their first deposit of $50 or more (up to $1,000). There’s no VIP programme here unfortunately. Banking options are decent, with Western Union, Bitcoin, bank wire and check all offered, as well as the usual credit and debit methods. Players will incur fees for transferring their funds, but can receive one free withdrawal per month if requested on a Friday.