LOOSEST (FISHIEST) US-ACCEPTED POKER SITES

Fishiest Poker SitesYears ago in an episode of ESPN’s Tilt, the character Eddie Towne opens with a monologue:

If you’re the eighth most skilled player in the world, you can’t win if you’re playing against the seven best in the world.

Of course, this might not be true 100% of the time. In poker, beginner’s luck can be a factor, though most players know this as variance, the natural upswings and downswings that every poker player will experience over the course of playing the game. Perhaps what makes poker such a great game is that every fish has a chance to win a session or two, but over time, the most skilled players will win every time.

Don’t get us wrong. We’re not belittling beginner poker players. Those who come into the game with the desire to improve will obviously make some mistakes, but will then learn from them and become better players over time. Fish, the ones who make up consistently soft online poker games, are ones who believe they know the game already, play too many hands, call down too many streets with inferior hands, and reload their accounts to lose more money. Some beginning players can be fish, but experienced players know to look for the fish who don’t know or care that they are the fish.

This section discussing the softest US-friendly poker sites is for every player who wants to find the spots in which he or she can make the most money. Whether you’re a winning player, losing player, multi-table grinding pro, or average Joe or Jane blowing off steam, your experience at the online poker sites will be much more pleasurable when you’re taking from the fish.

Sportsbooks Offer the Loosest/Fishiest Poker Games

Since the inception of online poker, it has been true that brands whose primary product is sports betting end up with the softest poker games. IgnitionPoker.eu, previously known as Bovada/Bodog (its parent worldwide brand) is the perfect example of this; their sports betting site launched in 1995, followed by a casino in 1999.

It wasn’t until late 2004 that Bodog Poker launched. By that time, their brand was well known throughout the sports betting and online casino industries, and they had a loyal fan base of primarily male sports bettors and online slot players. They watched the poker boom happen from 2003 forward, and though they didn’t necessarily want to dedicate the time to becoming good poker players, they believed they could find some Moneymaker-type luck. They went to the Bodog online poker room to find it.

It didn’t take long for the new online poker room to fill up with players, but it wasn’t internet wiz-kids or gritty middle-aged career rounders flocking to Bodog/Bovada/Ignition Poker; they were pure gamblers! Some of them were pure action junkies looking to get even after the last sports game of the night was played out or when blackjack didn’t go their way, while others were recreational gamblers who enjoyed a little action on the side. Most were happy when they won and didn’t care so much when they lost. Most importantly, they have very limited no poker experience or skill, or so little that it didn’t factor in to their overall games.

Bovada, now known as Ignition, is still one of the softest sites in online poker. However, one of their primary competitors, Betonline.ag offers games just as loose.

The bottom line: If you’re looking for the loosest/fishiest US-available poker sites, look first at those whose primary product is sports betting.

Finding Soft Games at Other US Poker Sites

Due to large poker bonus offers and higher player volumes, some players are willing to sacrifice a little game softness and turn to the big poker site brands like PokerStars.com, 888poker, or PartyPoker. (These sites don’t accept US players other than those living in regulated states or outside of the US). It is entirely understandable to want that kind of action, as wait times for games can be greater at the smaller sites.

Fishy games may not be as easy to find on sites like PokerStars, but they are there. And there are ways to put in a little extra work to find them.

Some online poker cash game lobbies offer access to data, such as the average percentage of players who view the flop, number of hands played per hour, average pot size, etc. If you find a table with a large flop-viewing percentage, decent average pot sizes and hands per hour, you’ll know the fish are swimming with lots of pre-flop all-ins.

Average Pot & Flop %

Fishy games may not be as easy to find on sites like PokerStars, but they are there. And there are ways to put in a little extra work to find them.

Some online poker cash game lobbies offer access to data, such as the average percentage of players who view the flop, number of hands played per hour, average pot size, etc. If you find a table with a large flop-viewing percentage, decent average pot sizes and hands per hour, you’ll know the fish are swimming with lots of pre-flop all-ins.

Keep in mind, however, that there can be high variance in situations like this, and those with more substantial bankrolls have a better chance of beating the fish. In order to find a fishier game with lots of pots and chances to outplay opponents without risking more money, take a seat in the game and watch a few orbits, playing tight to get a feel for the table. At the same time, search opponents’ names in poker databases to see if information is available as to their styles of play.

Finally, recognize when you’re in a game that you cannot beat. Games with wild players who are trying to get even – or unstuck – can get lucky, but they can also make the game unpleasant. Even if you know the fish are swimming there, it might be a good chance to find another tank to avoid playing into a lucky streak or, worse, going on tilt yourself. With so many games on larger sites like PokerStars, these cases do arise.

This is why we ultimately keep coming back to our recommendations to try Ignition Poker or BetOnline. The fish swim freely, often coming from the online sportsbook to splash around in a fun cash poker game, and their winning sports bets are yours for the taking.