Poker Sites Accepting Players From The U.S. in 2018

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 26 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. Eleven 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 UIGEA). This law was fundamentally flawed and thrown out, and another reason why daily 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’s legal to play poker and casino games if your state allows – four (4) states currently (DE, NJ, NV, PA) 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 14 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
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gold
  • Most popular. Accepts all 50 U.S. states
  • Withdraws are fast, 2-10 days max.
  • Accepts Visa, Amex & MC (+75%).
  • Second largest network for the US!
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UP TO
$2,000
sliver
  • Previously known as Bovada/Bodog.
  • Highly trusted with quick payouts.
  • Visa, MC, & Bitcoin accepted.
  • Largest poker network in the USA.
100%
UP TO
$2,000

 

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Latest US Online Poker & Casino Bills in Progress – Updated 4/16/2018

Four bills to regulate online gambling in Pennsylvania were presented in 2017; HB 271, SB 524, SB 477, and HB 392. The Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee (11-3 vote) and the Senate Appropriations Committee (24-2 vote) passed HB 271 on May 23, 2017. The next day, on May 24th, the full Senate passed this bill by a 38-12 vote. The bill then went to the House and on June 7th last year it passed; 102-89 vote. The House altered the bill, mainly the tax rate percentage on revenue, so it went back to the Senate for approval. The Senate passed the bill on October 26, 2017 and four days later on October 30th the governor signed this bill into law.

Two internet poker bills were presented in New York last year. One bill was introduced in January and the other in February of 2017. Last February 15th, one bill passed the Senate Gaming Committee (11-0 vote) and passed the Senate Finance Committee (27-9 vote) a few months later on May 9th. It passed the full Senate (54-8 vote) on June 13, 2017 but it did not receive a vote by the Assembly.

On March 1, 2017, a bill (SB 203) to legalize and regulated online gambling (poker and casino games) in Michigan was introduced. SB 203 passed the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on March 8th (7-1 vote) last year and it went to the full Senate for a potential vote but did not receive one. On September 12, 2017, a second online gaming bill (HB 4926) was introduced.

On January 10th, West Virginia presented a bill, HB 3067, to legalize online gambling (poker and casino games). The bill is in a House Committee to receive a hearing and possible vote.

Louisiana introduced a bill, SB 322, around March 1st to legalize online gambling.

It looks like California will not be presenting any internet poker bills to the legislature this year. Last year on February 17th, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer introduced a bill (AB 1677) in California which would allow online poker if passed. It’s pretty much the same bill as the previous year (AB 2863), but no vote was taken on the bill in 2017. The bill will pay the horse racing industry up to $60 million a year but they cannot operate poker sites.

On May 31, 2017, the Illinois Senate passed a bill, HB 479, to regulate and legalize online gambling (poker and casino games) by a 42-10 vote. This bill then went to the House but was shelved.

All last year: In late January, Massachusetts Senator Bruce Tarr introduced a bill (SD. 618) to legalize online gambling in Massachusetts. The bill is only two pages so more details will need to be dealt with but it’s a positive sign. Hawaii introduced a bill (SB 677) on January 20th to legalize internet poker. A Senate Committee in Washington met on January 18th to discuss the possibilities of passing and regulating poker online. New Hampshire introduced HB 562, a bill allowing online gambling (poker and casino games) in the state, on January 25th. None of these bills passed in 2017.

Important Notice: April 18, 2018 at 4:43pm

BetCoin closed their online poker room on December 25, 2017. Full Flush Poker went offline around October 1, 2016 and they will not be coming back. They were running a scam poker site for 14+ months before they shut down. Players had not received payouts from checks and bank wire requests for 13-15+ months prior to them closing.

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.

Bovada Poker transitioned into Ignition Poker which went into full effect on September 30, 2016. Bovada poker players were able transfer their account/funds seamlessly to Ignition, and they remain one of the most legit online gambling operations.

Other legit sites offshore continue to do well but only a few are left, mentioned above.

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