Online Poker in the US

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Online Poker in the US
18 Jan

Online poker players living in the US certainly don't have as many options regarding where to play as most players throughout the rest of the world do.

It's been that way since 2011 when the DoJ seized the domains of online poker's big boys, choosing a Friday in mid-April to bring the hammer down on PokerStars, Full Tilt, Absolute Poker and UltimateBet. That followed passage of the UIGEA in 2006 that prohibited financial institutions and gaming companies to legally process financial transactions pertaining to online gambling.

The double whammy of those two crackdowns over a five-year span has resulted in the availability of only a handful of poker sites at which Americans can deposit and play. At least those who are not located in the  regulated states of Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey - with Pennsylvania soon to follow those three states.

Some Available Options

So where should US poker players log on and play in 2018? Some may be wondering if it is safe to play anywhere considering past incidents that have left Americans with slim pickings in the category of reliable online poker rooms.

One of the more trusted online poker sites that continues to service the US market is Intertops Poker. The site has the distinction of being the first to offer online gambling, opening its virtual doors way back in 1996.

A visit to the Intertops Poker website reminds players to "Trust the First," pointing out that while online poker has experienced its share of turmoil throughout the years, Intertops is still around and thriving. But longevity is not the only reason that players choose Intertops as their online poker home.

Speedy cashouts that are typically processed in 48 hours is another selling feature, as is the soft action on the tables. It's well-known that most poker "sharks" prefer to play at larger sites that attract more player traffic. You likely won't find those sharks at Intertops, where the playing atmosphere is more cozy - and better suited to enjoy winning sessions if you have an A-game and bring it to the tables.

There is also the matter of 36% rakeback, a nice bankroll boost for the discerning player. Let's also not forget one of the industry's best deposit bonuses - 200% up to $1,000.

Players in only a few states are not permitted to log on at Intertops due to regulations put in place by legislators of those individual states. Unfortunately, if you reside in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Kentucky, Washington, Missouri, or Louisiana, you can't play at Intertops Poker. But players in all other states can, and read on because there are more online poker options for players in all 50 states.

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Global Poker

While Intertops may be the oldest and most trusted poker room, Global Poker is the newest. However, there is no shortage of trust by US online poker players who have decided to make Global Poker their go-to poker site.

That's because Global Poker is employing a sweepstakes model that is available to players located anywhere in the US. It features real money cashouts via PayPal under a unique concept that is 100% legal and has removed any lingering fears that players might still have from Black Friday in 2011 about not getting paid.

The sweepstakes model revolves around players buying Global Poker Gold Coins, which are used for play but not cashed out. Purchasers of the virtual coins receive sweepstakes prizes in the form of $weeps Cash for acquiring the Gold Coins.

Ring games and tournaments are entered using the $weeps Cash, with winners at the $weeps Cash tables able to redeem their winnings in cold, hard cash via PayPal. Global Poker has a patent on its sweepstakes concept and has become the fastest growing poker site as a result.

If you're ready to try Global Poker, it won't cost you a penny to do so. New players receive 10,000 in Gold Coins and $2 in $weeps Cash upon opening a new account.

The Grizzly Games just started on Jan. 15 and will run through Feb. 4. That's the second installment of the Global Poker Championships and is guaranteed to pay out over $1.5 million in $weeps Cash. Take Global Poker for a spin and try it out with the free registration bonus!

>> $2 Free No Deposit Required!

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Charles is a Chicago native and long time poker player who dusted off his journalism degree and began writing about poker following the events of Black Friday in 2011. He has written for a number of leading poker websites, offering his insights and expertise on subjects ranging from online poker leg...Read more


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