Several years ago this question sounded really strange. What’s the problem? All you have to do is to find a good poker room online via search engines, newsletters, poker portals etc. and bang - you are playing poker either for free or for real money. Today playing poker online is way harder for US citizens because of payment methods restrictions and also because many rooms closed to US market. Below you will find the problem, history, and solutions for the American poker playing community.
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Update: April 2016
As we head into the summer of 2016 there’s every reason to take to the tables in the best US online poker rooms as the great promotions, big tournaments and more just keep on coming, with so much action to be found. After a while on the sidelines the Million Dollar Sunday made it’s return to Americas cardroom providing the big tourney action for all, and they also launched the excellent World Series of Jackpots, which is a fantastic promo that could see you going all the way to the World Series of Poker Main Event for a tiny $3 buy in! There’s a $12,500 WSOP Main Event package up for grabs in what will undoubtedly be one of the most popular poker promotions of the summer, but it’s by no means all that’s going on.
Americas Cardroom are also serving up the very cool Sunday Special PLO, giving Omaha players something to get involved in and of course the well know promo’s of The Beast and Sit N Crush continue to roll onwards. Over at Full flush poker there’s a superb $4,200 Aruba Package up for grabs with the Poker in Paradise promotion with players able to get involved for just $5.50 and the great Full Flush reload bonuses and 45% cashback offers will continue into summer. Over at Betonline poker the April unlimited cash race continues into May and that’s added to by the $50K guaranteed tournaments and the GT Winners Series too, with the now legendary leaderboard challenges still going strong. The weather is getting hotter, and so is the action at the tables of the best US poker rooms as we head into summer!
Update: March 2016
Winter is officially over and the action in the best US online poker rooms is even better with March seeing all of the biggest rooms serving up something special. Americas Cardroom pushed on with their big Sundays, now with a huge GTD PLO tournament as well as the Million Dollar Sunday being served up, keeping the tradition of Sunday online poker being that little bit special going, and adding to that action at ACR they’ll also be rolling out a superb WSOP promotion for the Spring.
Full Flush Poker upped the game and are getting in on the land based satellite action with trips to Aruba on the cards and there’s also masses of springtime reload bonuses available on top, and over at the cool BetOnline Poker they’ve upped the tournament schedule with bigger guarantees now available over the weekend, with the great multi-table and single table tournament leaderboards all good to go. As we head into the warmer weather you’ll see a whole load of promotions geared toward the WSOP 2016 coming along, and that will no doubt, get plenty of US online poker players a little excited.
Update: February 2016
February was a great month for online poker players in the US with the biggest and best US poker rooms all providing plenty worth hitting the felt for. Leading the pack is Americas Cardroom and they continue to provide exactly what players are looking for, and if you love the freeroll and free poker cash action then February and into March is the fantastic $150,000 Freeroll Super Series II. This popular poker event is back for it’s third outing with a packed freeroll schedule and thousands of dollars on the tables, with tournaments available for all types of players. All tourneys are 100% free to enter with re-buys and add ons available, and it all culminates in the $20,000 Main Event on March 6th.
ACR are also serving up the brilliant Pot Limit Omaha Sunday Special proving that it caters for more than just the Texas Hold'em player, and each Sunday the massive prize pool increases by $2,000 if there’s no overlay. Right now that prize pool is up to a staggering $35,000 and that’s 35,000 reasons why PLO players should be checking out Americas Cardroom.
Other popular US online poker rooms all chipped in with their own great offerings and over at BetOnline Poker we saw the very cool Cash Race in which you get to rake in the points and the cash on your way to reaching Titanium Chip Level. Full Flush Poker was as always right on the ball and is now providing the brilliant Sunday Fun Day with big guaranteed tournaments and plenty of action, and the new Full Flush mobile poker app for Android is also picking up the pace and attracting the players, well worth taking a look at if you want to get your game from anywhere. We’re well and truly on the way to spring and we expect plenty of great tourneys, heaps of cool promotions and plenty more to come as 2016 continues.
Update: January 2016
2016 Online poker in the US looks set to continue where 2015 left off, with a stack of cool poker bonuses, great promotions and masses of superb online poker tournament series. The major US online poker rooms of Americas Cardroom, Betonline poker and Full Flush Poker all got their years off to great starts, and arguably the most innovative promotion of January comes from ACR with the superb Mo Mo Mo Super Bowl Y’all.
The Americas Cardroom Super Bowl promo asks you to play in cash games to get free bets on the game, and that’s one cool way to start the year, and on top of that there’s also a special Super Bowl reload bonus, and making Sunday’s even more special at this great US online poker room, the Sunday Special PLO continues into the new year. BetOnline Poker is the room that just keeps growing and as there’s also a superb online sportsbook offered, there are of course plenty of Super Bowl promotions and tie ins that ran through January 2016, and into February.
Full Flush Poker continued with its regular reload bonuses, and kicked off one huge promotion, with the 2016 World Tour Deposit freerolls that could take you all the way to Aruba in what is a fantastic poker promotion that will run alongside other cool events such as The Poker World Tour 2016 and the masses of guaranteed tournaments, making it a great place to play right now. We’re sure that the great deals and promo’s will be coming thick and fast as 2016 progresses, with plenty of excitement to be brought to the virtual felt by the best US online poker rooms.
Update: December 2015
The holiday season saw a stack of action at the felt, with each major US online poker room serving up their own promotions and seasonal poker bonuses. The great Americas Cardroom provided the fun and festive MO MO MO PLO which provided Pot Limit Omaha players with an excellent selection of PLO cash games and tournaments including a cool $25,000 Sunday Special and a Create Your Own 2016 Poker Bonus offer. ACR will be continuing its superb Sunday Special tournaments into the New Year that served up such big tourneys in 2015 with The Cage and Jackpot Poker also staying on their agenda.
BetOnline Poker also delivered the December goodies with the NBA Poker promotion that asked you to build your own NBA team as you played, as well as the Knockout the Grinch Bounty Tournament and the huge $50,000 New Years Eve Tournament which attracted a massive amount of players to the BetOnline poker tables. Over at Full Flush Poker it was all systems go with a monster 3 stage reload bonus offer and the Game of Poker Thrones promotion coming to a thrilling conclusion, and there was also the addition of the awesome Full Flush mobile poker product that means you may now play on the go on your Android tablet or smartphone. US online poker 2016 is in great shape and we look forward to yet another year of huge tourneys, big promotions and plenty of thrills.
Update: November 2015
November saw US online poker players come back to the tables in droves and the biggest and best US online poker rooms, those of Americas Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, BetOnline and Full Flush Poker all saw a stack of great action. It has to be said that the bigger tournaments are being served up by Americas Cardroom and November saw the start of the fantastic Online Super Series V which concludes early December with a whopping $1 Million Guaranteed Tournament, however on conclusion of that tournament series, the Million Dollar Sundays will continue provide more than enough big poker paydays towards and through the festive period.
Americas Cardroom will also be continuing with their great rake races of the Beast and The Sit N Crush, while The Cage will continue to deliver fast action real money Texas Hold'em cash games in it’s own unique format. Full Flush Poker are determined to make December a big one and both The Game of Poker Thrones II and The Rising Star Leaderboard Challenge will continue to rumble, and following on from their November Triple Tier Reload Bonus deal, there’s also a superb December reload bonus available to all players. It’s cold outdoors and hot at the tables, so do the right thing and take to the virtual felt of your US online poker room of choice.
Update: October 2015
It’s the time of year when things start to really heat up in the best US online poker rooms and as that cold weather kicks in across much of the country, players in their droves take to the tables. Luckily there’s a stack of action that awaits and October was an extremely busy month with so much cash flying around the virtual felt. The Full Flush Poker Game of Poker Thrones saw heaps of great tournament action and the Americas Cardroom huge Sunday guaranteed tournaments really took the roof off.
In order to continue the big tournaments, ACR have changed things up a little and every single Sunday there will now be a $125,000 guaranteed tournament with the prize pool increasing by $5,000 each week, and at only $22 to get yourself in the mix it represents massive value. The Beast and The Cage are of course still running as normal and the real big news is that the Americas Cardroom Online Super Series is back and will be running from November 27th to December 6th serving up over $2.5 Million in cold hard poker cash. The 10 days of solid action will culminate in the $1 Million Main Event that takes place on December 6th, and there are stacks of ways to qualify for that one. You will of course need an ACR account to get yourself in the mix, and as a new player you’ll be welcomed with a cool 100% up to $1,000 welcome bonus.
Update: September 2015
September saw a whole load of action in the best US online poker rooms however October is all set to see much more and the big news is coming out of Americas Cardroom HQ. $1 Million guaranteed online poker tournaments are back with a bang with each Sunday in October seeing a huge tourney taking place at ACR and there are so many ways in which to qualify, with heaps of satellites and also the uber popular Jackpot Poker option too. There’s also a big $1,000 Americas Cardroom reload bonus available all month as well as the monthly rake races of The Beast and the Sit N Go Crush, meaning that no matter what type of poker you play, Americas Cardroom have got something just for you this fall.
Over at Full Flush Poker the Game of Poker Thrones continues and it’s providing a stack of sweet multi-table tournaments for you to get involved in and the bi-weekly POP Race will also continue to run as we head into the darker nights. BetOnline Poker are serving up the October leaderboard tournaments and there’s a stack of cool cash prizes up for grabs there, however nothing beats the big one million tournaments over at ACR, and that’s where we can see players heading all month long!
Traditionally the summer months are a little slower in the world of US online poker as folk head off on their summer vacations and take a well earned rest, however that didn’t stop the news coming, and the real big news came from the now massive US online poker room of Americas Cardroom. Americas Cardroom, as was suspected announced that the huge $1 Million online poker tournaments will continue to be provided, with a superb 5 new tournaments being announced. The biggest poker tournaments for US players will be provided all throughout fall with one taking place September 13th, and then one on every Sunday in October, now that is brilliant news for fans of big multi-table tournament action. As usual there will be many ways to quality, including via the new Jackpot Poker offering and if you needed any other reason to hit the virtual felt at this great place to play then there’s a 100% up to $1,000 welcome bonus available too.
In other news, Full Flush Poker have announced that Game of Poker Thrones II will take place throughout September with $100,000 up for grabs via a massive amount of guaranteed tournaments and the big tournament taking place at FFP in September will be the Monster $50K GTD tourney. BetOnline Poker continued with their superb Sit n Go and Multi-Table Leaderboards throughout August, and they will continue through fall, and with every deposit you make at BetOnline you’ll now get a bonus on top. We expect things to really pick up during the month of September and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that those huge Americas Cardroom tournaments just keep on coming!
July saw the WSOP in Las Vegas come to a close and what a fantastic festival of poker it was with of course all the big guns taking to the tables. The remaining 9 players in the Main Event will resume in November and battle it out for the monster first place prize money and of course the title of WSOP Main Event Winner 2015. There was also plenty of action in the world of online poker in the US too but it was mainly of the build up variety as Americas Cardroom provided more ways to get a seat in their huge $1 Million Guaranteed online poker tournament, and Full Flush Poker really upped the stakes by releasing details of their biggest ever online poker tournament series.
After recently launching Jackpot Poker, ACR have added a new element to it, an element that gets you on a seat in the $1 Million GTD tourney, a tournament that is now a regular event. You’ll now find Jackpot Poker Satellites that, for $12 can get you in the mix by playing in the hyper turbo sit n go’s that take just 7 minutes, now that’s fast action. Full Flush were busy too and launched the $150,000 Summer Online Poker Series that features a stonking $80,000 Guaranteed Main Event with bags of other big tourneys that brought many new players to the tables, and will continue to do so into August, and if you’re not hitting the tables there as yet then the welcome bonus now stands at a cool 150% up to $1,500 giving you a loaded account to hit the felt with.
As is always the case in the month of June, The World Series of Poker dominates the poker news, and one man in particular has been in the headlines as Phil Hellmuth did the job yet again and won his 14th WSOP Bracelet. The 2015 WSOP Main Event is just a week away and begins on 5th of July, ending the series until the final table resumes in November.
In the world of online poker in the US, Americas Cardroom is yet again pulling out all of the stops and has released the date for its next $1,000,000 guaranteed online poker tournament, and that date for your diary is Sunday August 2nd. The Million Dollar Sundays at ACR are by far the largest tourneys available for US players and that huge amount of cash means a stack of players at the Americas Cardroom tables, but it’s not the only poker room that’s on the up right now as Full Flush Poker, on that same day of July 5th are serving up their birthday tournament of a $25,000 GTD and have in fact upped their whole tournament offering. It’s all eyes on Vegas with the big one looming, and the whole poker world will be thinking of little else but the Main Event, at least until that big $1 Million at Americas Cardroom kicks off!
In the world of poker the month of May sees players from around the world heading to Las Vegas and taking their seats in the worlds biggest poker festival, and May 2015 was no different. The WSOP 2015 is now up a running, however as the Main Event is nowhere near ready to start as yet, US online poker rooms keep their focus, and their poker promotions firmly on the big one.
The WSOP Leaderboard challenge at Full Flush poker is still going strong and there’s plenty of time for you to get involved in that one, and there’s even a new WSOP promotion just starting at the awesome Americas Cardroom, and the World Series of Jackpots is a superb hyper turbo sit n go game that can take you all the way to the glitz and the glamor of Vegas. The World Series of Jackpots is a twist on the ACR Jackpot Poker game in which 3 people take to a table, and a random prize is displayed before the game begins, and while that prize can be a huge amount of cash, in the new take on things, it could also be a $12,500 WSOP package that gets you into the Main Event...now that’s a promotion we like.
Things stayed steady in the world of US online poker as we entered the warmer months and the largest promotional announcement was from the great Carbon poker who were only too happy to let everyone know that the massive Carbon OPS will be kicking off on May 3rd and will be serving up $2.3 Million in guaranteed prize pools. The main events alone will be providing a massive $500,000 in cash and it all happens over a frantic 15 days of online poker tournament action. New players can get a great 100% welcome bonus up to $1,000 and there’s also the Bonus Mania promotion running right now too.
Both BetOnline and Full Flush Poker are still gearing up for this years WSOP in Las Vegas, providing all players with their chance to take to the felt and take on the best players in the world, and Americas Cardroom announced the massive $150,000 Freebuy Super Series that runs way into May. In regulated online poker in the US the state of California moved one step closer to regulated the online action however, as has always been the case so far, that could stall at anytime.
February 2015 was a month full of good news for US online poker players, and those who love to get their tournament action offline too. First up we had the release of the schedule of the WSOP 2015 in Las Vegas and it threw up a few surprises, with the $10 Million Guaranteed first place prize in the main event being taken down, and instead a whole lot more players will make it to the money seats - great news for the smaller recreational players! Keeping the WSOP theme going, Full Flush Poker released a great promotion that will see the winner of the new WSOP Leaderboard Challenge head to Vegas this year to take on the big boys, and we expect the likes of Bovada Poker to be rolling out their WSOP promotions soon.
Great news from Americas Cardroom in that their $1 Million guaranteed multi-table tournament took place this month, drawing in huge amounts of players and all went smoothly, and they’ll no doubt be planning something similar to that Winning Millions tourney very soon. Carbon poker kept their lobby busy with the introduction of the Mega Stacks tournaments as well as launching the Caribbean Beach Poker Classic and fantastic news came from Intertops Poker as after a 4 year absence from the US market they announced that they are now yet again accepting players from the US - another great online poker room for US online players to enjoy. We’re heading into spring and we’re expecting a blast of new promotions and ways to win big, as well as more WSOP satellite promotions from the best of US online poker rooms.
During January 2015 we had big news from the WSOP, we had the announcement of a big online poker tournament series and we also had news of a new date for the big $1 Million tournament taking place at Americas Cardroom. Starting with that huge million dollar tournament over at ACR, it will now take place on February 22nd at 3pm ET and satellites offering you a cheap seat to the big event will be running all throughout February and right up until the tourney begins. Continuing with Americas Cardroom, they are also now running what’s called the Sunday Special in which you decide just how big their special guaranteed tournament each Sunday will be, as they increase the prize pool as the guarantees gets met. There’s more news about that one on the site, and all new players to ACR will get a 100% match bonus on their first deposit.
Over at Carbon Poker they’ve announced a similar poker promotion with their progressive prize pools, there’s the return of the Bonus Mania deal and the big news is that the Carbon Online Poker Series that’s providing over $2 Million in guaranteed tournament prize pools will kick off on February 8th, with a massive 76 events spread over 15 days.
Big news in land based poker is that the WSOP Main Event 2015 will not deliver a guaranteed $10 Million prize pool and will instead pay all players down to 1000th place. This news has been welcomed by amateur players and pro’s alike, as it spreads the money across the board and will pay out more players than ever before.
Things tend to ease up a little in the month of December in regards to US online poker but all of the big rooms did of course roll out something a little special for the festive period. Bovada Poker delivered a late Christmas gift in the shape of extra guaranteed tournaments on New Years Day while Carbon Poker continued with their Super Bowl freeroll promotion. There was a little action at Full Flush Poker too as they added the Late Night Freezer tournament to the schedule with a nightly $3,000 Guarantee and the Rising Star promotion headed toward its climax in the new year.
There was a little bad news in that the Winning Millions tournament at Americas Cardroom had to be cancelled very late in the day due to technical issues, however that one has been rescheduled, and in regulation news a California online poker bill for 2015 has already been presented...just like you knew it would be. Here’s to a great 2015 with the best US online poker rooms providing all that makes visiting the virtual felt a pleasure.
November 2014 was a good month in US online poker and it was Americas Cardroom who dominated on the promotions front. Pushing the Winning Millions $1 Million guaranteed tournament that is to take place mid december, they made it even easier for players to get their cheap seats and also rolled out their biggest online poker tournament series to date, the Online Super Series IV which serves up $1.75 Million in GTD prizes. They also maxed out their Sit n Crush promotion and added PLO to the Cage promotion too.
It wasn’t all about Americas Cardroom however and Bovada Poker upped their refer a friend deal as well as continuing to push their Poker Bowl promotion. Carbon Poker launched the Double Impact promotion which is a $10,000 sit n go deal as well as launching their new December Frosty Freerolls offering which will be throwing $10,000 worth of freerolls into the lobby. Full Flush Poker continued to grow nicely and served up a Thanksgiving special of a $20,000 tournament, their biggest to date, as well as giving plenty of emphasis on their great Game of Poker Thrones promotion which culminates in a huge $100,000 tournament on January 4th. We expect to see plenty of great deals on the way for December, and as the nights continue to get longer, you can expect online poker in the US to stay busy!
October 2014 saw us draw a little closer to the first $1 Million Guaranteed online poker tournament for US players for many years, as Americas Cardroom began to push the Winning Millions tournament that takes place on December 14th. That’s something all US online poker players should be taking a look at, and as of October 31st, new players can get a seat in that massive $1 Million tourney for making just a $10 initial deposit and gaining ACR rewards points. Full Flush Poker also had something to shout about as they began their 1st year birthday celebrations, and there’s a whole host of huge tournaments and big poker bonuses up for grabs, with new players now being offered a superb 150% bonus up to $1,500.
The biggest US online poker room of them all, that of Bovada, really pushed the boat out for its upcoming Golden Spade Poker Open with that taking place in November, and they also doubled the deal on their refer friend program. As the winter nights draw in you’ll find that many more players take to the tables of US online poker rooms, meaning that there’s even more action at the real money tables, and it’s even easier to jump in on the games of your choice.
September was a busy month in the world of US online poker and almost all big US facing rooms served up big promotions, with possibly Bovada Poker standing out from the pack. September saw the launch of several cool Bovada offers, and they will be running through fall, with players getting the chance to play their way to the Super Bowl in Arizona in the great Poker Bowl promotion. There’s also seats up for grabs to the big one in November, the Punta Cana Poker Classic and on top of that there’s the huge Golden Spade Poker Open that has $2 Million in guaranteed prize money up for grabs and runs through until November.
Not to be left too far behind Carbon Poker launched their very own Super Bowl promo called Freeroll Your Way to the Super Bowl which asks you to pick winning teams in the Monday night game before taking your seat in a Tuesday freeroll. Americas Cardroom gave us details of their new deal which is a monster real money Texas Hold’em promotion called The Cage and they also started pushing their biggest ever online poker tournament that will see $1 Million guaranteed up for grabs in the Winning Millions tournament. Full Flush Poker have been growing massively and due to that have boosted many of the guaranteed amounts on their tourneys and also upped the welcome bonus to a cool 150% up to $1,500...now that’s a cool welcome deal! It’s all go in US online poker and as we head into the longer nights and the winter starts to set in, it’s usually the case that more players hit the tables and the action gets even hotter.
Playing Poker for Americans – The Problem
The serious problem started on May 25, 2006 when the House passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, a bill that put restrictions on accepting credit cards, checks, or other bank instruments from gamblers who illegally bet over the Internet”. Though the debate about what is legal and what is not are still continuing, a number of practical steps were taken by e-wallet solution providers and currently this is the problem for the poker community. A number of big brands has left the US market and a number of big deposit methods were wiped out of the market.
Playing poker for Americans – The Solution
We are trying to help people to play online poker because we believe this is one of their basic rights. Luckily, there are many others who agree and this creates the positive momentum for poker rooms to stay and let US residents play poker online. The situation is extremely dynamic, so we found it’s useful to keep our site visitors up to date and publish poker rooms here that accept specific payment methods for those of you who have one, and general recommendations for the Poker rooms accepting US players.
Payment Methods Available for US Residents
Popular Credit Cards - The oldest, quickest, and the most trouble free way to deposit money to a poker account is to use your credit card. Well, when it works;
Bank Wire - Slow, but reliable way to deposit your poker account. Once money is getting to the poker vendor, you’ll see the money on your poker account.
Check by Mail - Very slow, because your check physically has to reach the poker room, but sometimes the only possibility.
Western Union - If you experience problems with your credit card, the old fashion WU transaction can solve your problem.
Where to Play Online Poker for Money?
We would like to recommend a number of poker rooms accepting the payment methods listed above and who proved themselves to be solid, reliable companies, providing cutting edge technology and good service for US residents. Play for fun or play for real money – the choice is yours.