Poker Sites Accepting Players From The U.S. in 2016

On this site you will find information imperative for the discovery of poker sites that accept US players, funding and withdrawal methods, their wait times and safety. I update this site weekly, currently monitoring 33 poker sites online. You will notice my site is updated to the state level for U.S. state and offshore run sites which whom I consider the best and primarily safest.

Having Difficult Locating A Site? Here’s Why.

It’s confusing. Each state has a different law and most sites don’t service the US, but not all as I explain below. Ten years ago the US government passed a law that made it illegal for banks to distribute money to gambling sites that accepted wagers from the United States (2006 Wire Act). This law was fundamentally flawed and thrown out, and another reason Fantasy Sports are legal but most offshore sites do not qualify to have a U.S. license, although they still accept U.S. business. Due in part because they were forced to launder money, which sounds inherently bad but they were/are only really doing so to pay players when all is said and done. I trust some offshore sites more than I would any state regulated online casino.

Illegal gambling” is now defined as sports betting online, therefore, it is legal to play poker and casino games if your state allows – three (3) states currently (NJ, DE, NV) and according to the DOJ, online poker is legal to play in ANY state. The DOJ even stated online poker was not illegal unless you owned the poker site. In any case, the following are offshore poker websites I highly recommend.

Best Poker Sites by Safety, Traffic & Withdraw Times

Note: I’ve been an online poker player for 12 Years and follow US laws for poker every day for a column on PokerWebsites.com. I also work in the online gambling industry and have accumulated quite a bit of inside knowledge about the industry workings.

Best Poker Sites by Safety, Traffic & Withdraw Times
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Features
USA?
Bonus
Review
gold
  • Most popular.  Accept all 50 U.S. states
  • Withdraws are fast, 7-10 days max
  • Accepts Visa, Amex & MC (+75%)
  • Second largest network for the US!
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UP TO
$2,000
sliver
  • For the casual, graphically pleased player.
  • Good software & player activity.
  • All 50 USA states accepted.
200%
UP TO
$2,000

 

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Latest US Online Poker & Casino Bills in Progress – Updated 11/29/2016

HB 649, a bill to legalize poker and casino games over the internet in Pennsylvania, received approval on November 18, 2015 from the House Gaming Oversight Committee (18-8 vote). The full House voted on this bill on May 24, 2016 and it did not pass by a 81-107 vote. However, the House voted again on June 28th and it passed this time (114-85 vote). This bill went to the Senate for a potential vote but did not receive one. HB 649 needs two more approvals; the Senate, and the Governor of Pennsylvania. 2017 is looking promising for passage for those located in PA.

On June 8th, Michigan’s Senate Regulatory Reform Committee passed SB 889 by a 8-1 vote, and it now goes to the full Senate for a potential vote which could happen in December. SB 889 is a bill to legalize and regulate online gambling in Michigan, both poker and casino games. Senator Mike Kowall of Michigan introduced the bill on April 15th.

On February 19th, California introduced new legislation (AB 2863) on legalizing poker over the internet and it received a hearing on April 27th which passed the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee (18-0 vote). This bill will pay the horse racing industry up to $60 million a year but they cannot operate poker sites. On June 22nd, it passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee and then went to the full Assembly for a potential vote but has now been shelved until next year.

The legislative session in New York ended on June 17th and online poker bill SB S5302 received no vote by the Assembly. On June 14th, the New York Senate passed this bill by a 53-5 vote which would legalize and regulate online poker in their state. On June 2nd, SB S5302 passed the Senate Finance Committee, and on February 2nd the New York Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee approved the online poker bill; 9-0 vote.

State lawmakers in Massachusetts filed a bill to pass online gambling and a panel has been created by the Gaming Commission to study the pros and cons; we anticipate seeing more activity next year.

Important Notice: December 2, 2016 at 2:51pm

Bovada Poker has transitioned into Ignition Poker which is now in full effect as of September 30th. Bovada poker players can transfer their account/funds seamlessly to Ignition.

On another note, Full Flush Poker went offline around October 1st and it’s not looking like they will be coming back. They have been running a scam poker site for the past 12+ months. Players had not received payouts from checks and bank wire requests from 13-15+ months ago. They most likely will be shut down for good.

The Merge Gaming Network which consists of Carbon Poker, Sportsbook.ag and Players Only, are no longer accepting new depositing players from the USA as of around May 31, 2016. This could be a permanent or temporary decision by Merge Gaming, but whatever they decide we do not recommend playing at any of these sites.

Other legit sites offshore continue to do well but only a few are left, mentioned above, including Ignition Poker (previously known as Bovada) which is one of the most legit online gambling operations.

Conclusion

Hopefully, I have provided some insight into US poker sites and how you can play online safely in this little guide of mine. As time progresses we will be expanding this site into a full portal for players from the United States as states continue legalization and licensing. To contact me, please email me at [email protected]

Author: Savanah Lavinder