Where to play?
Selecting a place for playing is crucial for online poker player. Assuming that security of a 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 ones.
So, TOP 5 you should pay attention to when choosing a poker room:
Reputation and security.
Number of players at the tables.
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, fast 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 are offered with a wide range of multi-table tournaments for every taste and buy-in. A lot of tournaments with small buy-ins and good guarantees. There are tournament series WCOOP, SCOOP, Micro Millions, collecting tens of thousands of amateurs and professionals.
First Deposit Bonus - 100% up to $600, rakeback represented in a form of bonus chests system.
One of the oldest companies in online poker. In addition, decent support, ability to play directly from browser, and a mobile client. Until 2011, Party Poker was a separate room, but in 2011 there was a merger with the largest gambling operator Bwin. As a result, the Bwin.Party network was formed with a common pool of players. Party Poker is mostly focused on recreational players, with good choice of tournaments and cash games, including fast poker called "FastForward". First Deposit Bonus - 100% up to $500. Following recent changes to the VIP system, the maximum rakeback can reach 60%! By the number of players Party Poker is on the fourth place. *
Old and solid poker room. A decent amount of recreational players at the tables, VIP system which offers 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.
The biggest poker network. By the amount of players online poker network is on the second place. * The most famous skins - TitanPoker, Bet365, and WilliamHill. Fast support with online chat and 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.
Microgaming Poker Network (MPN Network)
This is a network with good software, good rake, and first deposit bonuses. The advantage of this network is that many players come to poker through casino or bookmaker and this adds a considerable number of hobby players to regular tables. Add to this rake races available through some rooms of the network, one of the lowest rates of rake in the poker industry, and we get a rather interesting network of poker rooms, where you can play in a good profit.
Cons: a fairly considerable concentration of regulars at medium stakes, anonymous tables at high stakes, a small number of reload bonuses.
*According to Pokerscout at the moment article was written.