Poker Sites Accepting Players From The U.S. in 2019

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. I highly recommend the online poker websites ranked below for players in the United States.

Having Difficulty 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. Thirteen 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 Real Money Poker Sites by Safety, Traffic & Withdraw Times

Note: I’ve been a real-money online poker player for 14 years and follow US laws for poker every day. I also work in the online gambling industry and have accumulated quite a bit of inside knowledge about the industry workings.

TOP US ONLINE POKER SITES FOR 2019

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Rating: 4.9/5

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Rating: 4.7/5

Min Deposit $20

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Rating: 4.7/5

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Rating: 4.5/5

Min Deposit $25

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Rating: 4.5/5

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Rating: 4.2/5

Min Deposit $25

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Rating: 4.2/5

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Rating: 4/5

Min Deposit $20

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Rating: 4/5

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Rating: 3.9/5

Min Deposit $25

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Rating: 3.9/5

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Rating: 3.7/5

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Online Poker Site Best Features

Ignition

  • Previously known as Bovada/Bodog
  • Highly trusted with quick payouts
  • Visa, MC, & Bitcoin accepted
  • Largest poker network in the USA

BetOnline.ag

  • 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!

America’s Cardroom

  • Large amount of traffic
  • Fast payouts
  • Support for over 60 cryptocurrencies
  • Support for 6+ Hold’em

Bovada.lv

  • Visa, Mastercard & Bitcoin Deposits
  • Sign-up bonus credited quickly
  • Fast payouts
  • Poker, Sports Betting & Casino

Blackchip Poker

  • Huge 200% crypto sign-up bonus
  • Elite benefits VIP program
  • Massive Sunday Venom tournament
  • Fun Pot-Limit Omaha games

InterTops

  • Free casino spins for new sign-ups
  • Exclusive live tournament qualifiers
  • Solid Bitcoin support
  • Over 30 years experience

SportsBetting.ag

  • One-stop shop for poker & sports
  • Gigantic bad beat jackpot
  • Collection of Sunday Majors
  • Daily cash races

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US Online Poker Bills News

Latest US Online Poker & Casino Bills in Progress – Updated 02/04/2019

West Virginia officially passed an online gaming bill on in late March of 2019. The bill is set to become law in June of 2019 and there’s a chance fully legal online poker sites will launch before the end of the year.

Regulated online poker in Pennsylvania, which was set to debut in winter of 2019, has been pushed back to summer at the soonest. The delay is due the Department of Justice reinterpreting the Wire Act. It’s not clear what effect this will have on online poker in the USA but it’s already slowed down the rollout in Pennsylvania. PokerStars is likely to operate in the state.

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.

Important Notice: August 1, 2018 at 4:56pm

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 savanah@uspokersites.us.

Author: Savanah Lavinder