Where to play
For general advice on choosing a room see my other post. This page will guide you through the most popular poker rooms.I personally have played on over the last 10 years.
By far the most popular is poker stars. They were set up over 15 years ago and quickly established themselves as a dominant force. Although they weren’t market leaders until approximately five years after launch they were the most innovative and customer friendly site. They were the first poker room to introduce online tournaments whereas most other rooms were focusing solely on cash games. As such they gathered a lot more pace and popularity due to the much bigger prize pools on offer. Nowadays no other site can compare in terms of traffic and game choice. During their major online festivals such as Scoop they have millions of dollars in guaranteed prize pools which is far more than any other poker room offers. The weekly tournaments attract substantial amounts of players with a weekly $10 buying tournament attracting 100,000 players or more.
If you are after a smaller more intimate and recreational player friendly room and you are based in the UK I highly recommend sky poker the traffic is minuscule when compared to poker stars and they only have Texas hold ’em cash games and tournaments. The tournament guarantees are also much smaller with the biggest ones reaching £15,000 guaranteed. However, with the popularity of their sky poker TV programme as well as advertising aimed at new players rather than professionals it is much easier and full of fish therefore your chances of winning big are much higher than any other site. New players can also get a £10 no deposit bonus to try out the site.
Other popular sites include bet365, ladbrokes and William Hill of which run on ipoker network so it doesn’t really matter which one you sign up to. Each member of the network will offer different signup bonuses and loyalty will cause so it’s best to shop around. Personally I prefer bet365 as they offer really good bonuses not just on poker but also sports and casino. The customer support is also far superior and they have a UK call centre. New players also get a five euros no deposit bonus which no other ipoker room offers.
If you wish to play on Microgaming then your best options are either 32red or betsafe as with white iPoker these two skins both use the same network and as such share the same players and tournament schedules. But both skins of five different signup bonuses, however they both have the best reputation amongst all Microgaming skins. read more