Online Poker Sites Accepting the USA
In the past 9 years 54,000,000 poker players have viewed this page. I have kept logs of all major events and believe this is the most accurate guide to poker in the US, the first ever created nearly a decade ago. Las Vegas based casinos are opening online poker sites within Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. I now have a daily updated state by state law site at pokerwebsites.com. There is also a good guide at 2+2 forums for your state’s status if you have further questions.
Online poker has been declared legal in the U.S.A. binding Law H6663: UIGEA Clarification Act. Each State now has the choice to open a poker site. Three (3) states are fully functional and accept real money deposits for those located with NV, NJ and DE state boundaries. (CA coming soon)
The following sites are licensed and regulated in Canada, Panama, and Australia respectively to accept players from the United States. Poker Stars and other international sites are in the process of obtaining a license from US licensing bodies to accept US customers – again.
Updated: Feb, 2014 – Compatiblepoker is not affiliated with the financial processors. Check State laws before gambling online or using any poker deposit option.
Updated Nov., 2014 – If you don’t see the site on this list they do not accept US players or are not a popular enough poker site to list.
Bowmans, Paddypowerpoker, Bluesquarepoker, Victor Chandler, Betus.com etc. consolidated with iPoker Network. Don’t accept US players.
For future reference see the state run poker info.
(These are common consensus from experts across the web. Always consult a lawyer before making your own decision.)
- 1. Is it illegal to play online poker in the United States?
No. The USA clarified that ‘online poker’ does not fall under the Wire Act. Now, 2015, they are working to create more licensed poker sites within state borders. It is now clear that online sports betting is a federal crime but nobody has been arrested for playing online poker even at offshore sites without licenses. See state bans to your left about details and possible felonies.
- 2. Is it safe to play online poker in the US?
The following question was answered by the authoritative online gambling legal expert, I. Nelson Rose. To summarize, he says you are not going to jail for playing at online poker sites without a US license. It is safe to cash/deposit checks from US poker sites as long as you’re reporting income. He advises not to keep too much money online at this current time.
- 3. Why did Party Poker, Poker Stars and other sites close down to US players?
Party Poker closed to the US in 2006 to protect their investors because of the UIGEA Law. Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker’s domains were seized (.com versions) in 2011 because the US government used an organization that oversees .com domains where if the government believes they are committing a felony, they can go through ICANN to take away the site. Many switched their domain names to .ag or .lv and continued business as usual, PokerStars and some others left the US completely in order to get in on licensed State poker which started in 2013.
- 4. So what is the deal RIGHT now? Is poker banned and what happens next?
Poker has been legalized in the USA by three states, Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey as of January 2015. California is anticipated to pass internet poker in 2015, with Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania in 2016. You can still play legally online at Betonline.ag and other websites for now, and it is not illegal. People still play just not as much due to legal confusion. Casinos such as Harrah’s Entertainment is lobbying “for” poker and online casinos on a Federal Level so that each State can play with one another.
- 5. Can I play in my State and what is this situation with online poker in 2015?
We are in a transition period at the moment. Online poker is legalized by some US States (Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey) and other states like California, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania are making headway. A ‘State Pact’ is what players and the States are looking to create where, if your State allows online poker you will be able to play in the States that have joined together. States are worried that they will not be able to compete with the larger established offshore sites that service the US. People still play right now against others around the world at internet poker sites like Bovadapoker.lv. There is no difference other than it’s harder to deposit at offshore sites than at State run sites. States frequently banned by some online gaming sites offshore are Washington, Hawaii, Kentucky, New York, Missouri and Maryland.
- Many millions ($80) are expected to be re-imbursed by Full Tilt over the next week.
- Calvin Ayre (owner of Bodog/Bovada), and probably his team of researchers have published his 2014 prediction for online gambling. Here it is.
- I made my way up to New Jersey this week for a boxing match and to test out the poker sites located in NJ, the WSOP and Party Poker. The initial reports were right. It’s very difficult. I presume it would be easier to get money onto an offshore site than a ‘legal’ one. After attempting multiple sites I could not get verified because they require you to have at least 3 ‘strong’ wireless connections from where you are playing at. Despite staying in a casino which offer multiple wireless connections none were strong enough to give me access. I’ve read on the forums as well that depositing is still a nightmare with most credit cards being rejected.
- Happy Thanksgiving. It appears the launch of New Jersey the past couple days has been decent for the poker room WSOP, nothing earth shattering. They clearly seem to be the ones who will be the largest in the US. I logged in with a NJ and NV IP address to see what was going on. They have different promotions for the $10 free and there are bigger freerolls in New Jersey. I’m not sure if that’s because of state laws, or the higher potential in NJ, I assume the latter. It’s instantly obvious how much money is involved as when you see the homepage of the WSOP’s geo location of NJ or NV. They are now a poker room – with some news stuffed at the bottom right. The sites are still nowhere near the size of, say, Bovada and even futher light stars away from…PokerStars, literally and – literally. So, looks promising for poker in the US if one large state becomes a partner. Registration to deposit ratio is a huge factor when a player sees the amount or lack thereof tables open. People want action, not a grind.
- In an effort to further the potential for Federal Regulation of poker for a uniform poker player pool the Safe and Secure Initiative has introduced a 12% tax on deposits to online gambling sites. The players would not have to pay for this, the gambling site would.
- Lock Poker is spinning lies once again. Lock Poker announced that they had stopped allowing deposits via Skrill, but in fact it was Skrill that suspended Lock from letting customers deposit. Basically Skrill is stopping players from getting scammed. I was informed this today, and am awaiting further clarification from the Skrill rep that contacted me to correct the news.
- With anticipation of poker being launched in New Jersey, the programs are starting to send out emails to advertise on sites like this one. I’ve already received two emails, one from the (name removed) and another from Income Access to promote US based programs in NJ. Until they reach a sustainable player liquidity above those of offshore sites, I see no reason to recommend them over the ones right now. The sites we recommend are safe and payouts are quick so the only legit reason to have our customers playing at Ultimate Poker or whomever is if the player pool is superior, and it is not even close nor will it be until state compacts are fulfilled. Not only that but dozens of operators are trying to launch sites. Only a couple will succeed and the more sites, the worse the liquidity. State compacts are a must.
- I have not spoken to Poker Stars, but the news circulating is that they are not on the list to go live in New Jersey on the 21st of this month when everyone else is. Personally I think they are working on the details and while others are saying how this will ‘cripple’ PokerStars entry into the US, I think it’s not a big deal. People aren’t exactly jumping up and down to play poker these days but what PokerStars has that everyone else does not is a huge database of real money players emails. As long as they get the license, they will be fine in my opinion. The only real competitor they have is the WSOP.
- Let the propaganda begin. Today I received an email from Micahael Waxman, founder of the Safe and Secure Initiative (for online gambling). The article which can now be read here makes me realize how we can talk about corruption in the American system all day long but we have no recourse. Things could be worse, but watching and being involved in this industry through media over the past 10 years has really opened my eyes to the reality of politics. Anyway, the article talks about how ‘unsafe’ offshore sites are (their competition they still try to dismantle) and how credit cards are a necessity to poker sites with US state licenses – and a bunch more propaganda that continually makes me roll my eyes and shake my head.
- The WSOP launched their poker site today at wsop.com. As of near 11:30pm est, there were only a few tables going. So far pretty slow. I could not test the software because I am not located in Nevada but it seems to use the same standard software of their partners, 888poker. This is the second Nevada, U.S.A. licensed poker site. None have launched for any other state, yet.
THIS PAGE IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! Any US poker sites or US casino deposit methods are for informational purposes. Remember to always get help if you feel you’re having problems with online gambling. For pending State laws in your area see theppa.org bottom portion of their homepage.