Alternatives for U.S. Online Poker Players

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By now you’ve heard the news… the FBI has seized the three largest online poker sites: Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. You can read more about it here (or just Google for it):

The online poker universe is ablaze with chatter. The most popular discussion thread on Two Plus two is here:

So what does this mean for the average player? Well…

  1. Your money that you have deposited at any of these sites are probably frozen.
  2. Even non-US players may have a hard time withdrawing money if the sites cannot or process banking transactions.
  3. Any points you had in loyalty programs is likely gone as well.

But All Hope Is Not Loss — U.S. Players Can Still Play!

Many online sportsbooks that have been dealing with the U.S. restrictions on banking transactions related to gaming accept deposits from U.S. players. The online sportsbook industry is much larger and more distributed than the online poker sites, and it will be much harder for U.S. authorities to go after online sportsbooks sites as they have a much smaller U.S. footprint than the online poker sites.

My favorite site is sportsbook.com for not just sports betting, but also online poker, blackjack, video poker, slots, and other casino games. Sportsbook.com belongs to a network of sites so the online poker room and all of the progressive slots have the advantage of many players contributing.

Withdrawals have never been a problem with bankwire or check by DHL overnight carrier as common withdrawal options. They also have frequent deposit bonus promotions and during football season you can get bonuses for depositing mid-week. Even if you don’t wager on mid-week games but just want to plan ahead for the weekend games, you can get a deposit bonus. There are no onerous bonus clearing rules either.

Perhaps best of all, their WAP allows you to place sports bets from any mobile phone very easily. This is especially helpful if you want to take advantage of real-time information you hear about on the radio or live at a game before the line moves. I’ve used them for over 18 years along with just about every other online sportsbook, for my money, I use sportsbook.com — and now I can expect a surge in the soft poker tables!

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