Guide to the Best UK Poker Sites Online5 years ago
The United Kingdom is one of the world's most liberal gambling countries. Real money online gaming, including poker is completely legal provided the operator is licensed in the UK and pays the appropriate tax.
However, having such a choice of poker sites to play on has a drawback: It makes it difficult to decide where to risk your hard earned money. But, don't worry, here at PokerTube we have been playing online poker since 2004 and know the poker world inside out.
Also being from the UK (Scotland, but what's the difference between friends!), we think we are perfectly placed to let you know where to play online poker.
Below, you can find the list of what we have determined to be the 5 best UK poker sites online. We have taken account of a multitude of factors including deposit bonuses, traffic, trustworthiness and much more. These reviews are completely honest and unlike other "review sites" you may have bumped into, we have a strict editorial policy, that means we only add affiliate links to deals below after we have made our Top 5 choice. In some cases, if we cannot find an affiliate link, we will continue to showcase the deal anyway.
bet365 has emerged at the biggest sports betting company in the UK in recent years. And whilst they're renowned for sports betting, you can bet that this company has an outstanding online poker room.
They're based on the iPoker network, and have 1 key feature that differentiates them from the likes of WilliamHill, PaddyPower and other big betting companies with poker rooms on network - Exclusive tables. Why is this good? It means you can play against soft opposition, guys who come in to bet on sports and end up dabbling on the online poker tables.
Of course as a company based in the United Kingdom, you can expect cashouts within 24 hours (or faster) and you will have to search very hard to find a negative review of this site.
Additionally, all new players will get $5 free to test the waters - What's not to love!
2. 888 Poker
One of the largest poker rooms in the world, 888 is known for great free cash offers and is always open to UK players.
However, critics of 888 have complained that the site has a fairly aggressive sales technique and possibly cares more about acquiring new business rather than taking care of their already loyal customers.
Our advice: Take advantage of the free money on offer at this poker room and then make your own judgement.
Here is a dark horse - Unibet is not a super-well known brand in the UK, but has a huge presence in Scandinavia. Around a year ago, they completely re-developed their software, banned tracking software and since then we have to say the experience is great.
They offer free money and currently are around the 10th biggest poker room in the world. It's important to note that Unibet is not part of a "poker network", thus you can only play in these games and vs. this opposition if you sign up here. Currently this author plays on Unibet Poker and is winning around $2,400 so far this month (August, 2015).
4. William Hill
Where would any review on UK poker rooms and gaming companies be without William Hill? Unlike Ladbrokes, Coral, Gala etc, this company is one of online gaming's success stories and offer an extremely professional and trustworthy service.
WIlliam Hill is a poker site that is a member of the iPoker network, so when you play here you will be playing against traffic from PaddyPower, Coral, Titan Poker and many other sportsbooks. However, it is my most highly reccomended poker room for readers of this article due to it's trustworthiness, great UK presence and ability to cashout your winnings from a shop the same day!
Also note, that by signing up to William Hill via PokerTube, you will be eligible for exclusive PokerTube freerolls, money added tournaments, free cash and a heap of other promotions.
5. Sky Poker
Maybe SkyPoker should be higher up this list, it's a close call. Like Unibet, SkyPoker is a standalone room with its own software and a really strong iPad / iPhone app.
Being from the UK we are lucky to be able to play at Sky as they only accept players from the United Kingdom & Finland. You will find the player pool very soft, the games enjoyable and maybe most interestingly the games are all played in GBP! How's that for feeling at home for you?
So that's a wrap as we call it here at PokerTube. Please leave your comments below and if you feel we might have made an oversight in this article, just get in touch. We love talking about poker and want to hear what other folks think the best UK poker sites are.
Good luck at the tables!
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