Are you interested in playing poker on the internet? Depending on where you live, your options will be very different. Ever since “Black Friday” in 2011 when online poker saw its most popular sites shut down, the online poker landscape has been changing dramatically. Since this time, regulated online poker has found its way to several states in the United States, while players in other countries have seen a number of changes as well. Your location is going to be the primary factor determining both which sites are available to you and which one is the best option.
USA online poker is, by far, the most complicated environment. You may be able to play on one site in a certain state, but not in another, and you may be able to play on an unregulated site, but not on regulated sites in a different area. Everything is vert complex when it comes to online poker in the US. Aside from choosing a site that is safe and secure, players also want a site that has ample action. That is the catch 22 that the majority of US online poker players currently face.
If you live in a place like New Jersey or Nevada, you can play at an online poker site, but the games and player pools are quite limited. If you live in most other US states, however, you will be able to play on an unregulated site like Bovada, but you will not have the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing your play is monitored and your money is safe. In the end, the tradeoff is whether you prefer action or security, and depending on where you live, you may not even be able to make that choice for yourself.
Non-US Poker Sites
Players who live in countries other than the United States, for the most part, have a lot more options when it comes to choosing a poker site to play on. As has been the case for many years, PokerStars remains the global leader in online poker. In fact, they have even extended their presence to the US in New Jersey. With that said, there are many other poker sites that operate in countries around the world that also seem a large amount of volume and offer everything from small stakes to high limit games. The further away you get from the US, the more poker sites you will have to choose from.