Where to play?
Selecting a place for playing is very important for online poker player. Assuming that security of the poker room is on the first place, players usually choose poker site based on the number of players at the table, VIP program, or software quality. Fast processing cashouts / deposits are usually a big plus. Actually, the is a large number of criteria, but we will try to highlight the most important.
Most important criteria for selecting the poker room:
Reputation and security.
Number of players at the tables.
Rakeback / VIP program.
Fast and professional support.
Following are the major poker rooms, which have a good combination of these characteristics.
At the moment, the leader of the online poker industry with average of 200 000 players online*. Quick and adequate support, quick withdrawals / deposits processing, excellent software, a client for mobile devices. Cash games are running at stakes from $ 0.01 / $ 0.02 to $ 200 / $ 400 and ZOOM tables for those who want to play fast poker. Tournament players offered with a wide range of multi-table tournaments for every taste and buy-in. A lot of tournaments with small buy-ins and a good guarantee. There are tournament series WCOOP, SCOOP, Micro Millions, collecting tens of thousands of amateurs and professionals.
First Deposit Bonus - 100% up to $ 600, rakeback implemented as a VIP - club system.
After closing because of the events of "Black Friday" has been fully bought by PokerStars and restarted, so security of the poker room is not an issue. So near everything said above applies to the FullTilt as well. Good support, fast withdrawals / deposits, excellent software. You can link existing accounts at PokerStars and FullTilt, and then you will get ability to transfer funds between accounts instantly. Tournament players may be interested in a FTOPS tournament series, cash game players - Rush poker tables. Rakeback - VIP system, called "Edge", you get rakeback paid directly to your account once a week. Weekly payout depends on the number of Frequent Player Points and your VIP status. There is a store with a decent selection of poker stuff, bonuses and tournament / cash game tickets. And the most important thing is that since PokerStars bought FTP, the player's poll of this two rooms is now merged into pne network, so in which of these two rooms to play - is a matter of taste anв personal preference. FTP traffic = PokerStars traffic!
One of the oldest companies in the online poker. In addition, decent support, ability to play directly from browser, and a mobile client. Until 2011, Party Poker was a separate room providing the opportunity to play poker. But in 2011 there was a merger with the largest gambling operator Bwin, as a result of this, the Bwin.Party network was formed with a common pool of players. Poker room is mostly focused on recreational players, with good choice of tournaments and cash games, including a fast poker called "FastForward". First Deposit Bonus - 100% up to $ 500. Following the recent changes to the VIP system, the maximum rakeback can reach 50%. By the number of players online poker room is on the fourth place. *
Old and solid poker room. A decent amount of recreational players at the tables, VIP system which offer up to 36% rakeback. First Deposit Bonus - 100% up to $ 400. Third place by traffic.* Ability to play from browser, a good range of tournaments with low - medium buy-ins, as well as cash games. Good software, but there is a limit of maximum 6 tables played at the same time.
Biggest poker networks. By the amount of players online poker network is on the second place. * The most famous skins - TitanPoker and WilliamHill. Fast support with online - chat. A good software. A generous first deposit bonus - 200% up to $ 2000. Rakeback at most poker rooms is realized through VIP system and caps at 60%. Direct rakeback is prohibited, however, you can find many rakeback deals here and there. To use them or not, you decide.
* According to Pokerscout at the moment article was written.