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Where in the Hell to Play Online Poker?

For the past couple of years, there has been massive churn in the online poker industry, especially for players in the United States. Poker networks and poker rooms starting up, merging, changing names, folding… it’s a real headache.

I’ve just completed a survey of the online poker landscape. There are dozens of online poker networks, with between 5 and 150 poker rooms on their network. There are also some completely independent online poker rooms. Most do not accept real-money players from the United States, but some of them do.

Here are the top online poker rooms / networks that accept real-money players from most countries in the world, including those located in the United States.

US Friendly Online Poker Rooms
Bovada Poker Bovada Poker
Play online poker at Play online poker games for free or download our free poker software and get to the real game. We offer the very best in poker games including Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, and more.
BetOnline Poker BetOnline Poker
Whether your passion is poker, sports, politics, entertainment, horse racing or casino action, look no further than BetOnline for the most exciting and enjoyable experience on the web.
Americas Cardroom Americas Cardroom
We offer both real- and play-money games to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. Americas Cardroom was proud to join the Winning Poker Network in August 2011.
Aced Poker Aced Poker
Welcome to Aced where you can enjoy the very best online poker and nonstop Guaranteed Tournament action all day every day. Hone your skills and become a Poker Ace at Aced. It’s Free to Download our poker software and Free to Play.
Juicy Stakes Juicy Stakes
At Juicy Stakes Poker you can’t throw a brick without hitting a reward program of some kind. No matter what you do, you’ll always be earning some kind of bonus for playing any kind of real money game.

Here are the top online poker rooms / networks that accept real-money players from most countries in the world, excluding those located in the United States.

NOT US Friendly Online Poker Rooms
Poker Stars Poker Stars
(Bonus code: STARS600). is a fun, safe place to play poker with people from around the world for real or play money.
PokerTime PokerTime
If you’re a poker fan, then there’s no better place to wager your stake than at PokerTime. Whether you are a beginner or pro, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the wide selection of games that this action-packed poker room has to offer.
Betfred Poker Betfred Poker
Betfred are licensed in the UK and have been operating an un-rivalled service since 1967. As the world’s largest independent bookmaker and the UK’s biggest independent high street retailer you can be sure that your bets are safe with Betfred.

Three Online Progressive Jackpot Slot Machines from Vistagaming

Vistagaming Software is a brand of online bingo software that has more than just online bingo — it also has table games, video poker, and slot machines. In essence, Vistagaming Software is more of a small online casino software provider that also has online bingo.

Since I’ve been focused on online slot machines in my most recent posts, I thought that I would continue along those lines with a post about the Progressive Jackpot Slot Machines at sites that run Vistagaming Software.

As of this writing, the top progressive jackpot is over $25,000!

Here are the three progressive slots that you’ll find at Vistagaming Software sites.

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While these three slot machines may at first appear to be different, in essence they are the same slot machine. Each is simply a different skin, all playing for the same progressive jackpot. If you prefer a magical, mystical theme, go for Fairy Nights. Try Greek Myths if you’re into mythology and the gods. And finally, for a taste of the orient, check out Winds of Arabia.

Bingo Fest is the only 5-star recommended site at The Online Casino Gambling Directory for these progressive jackpot slot machines. They are currently offering $5 free to all new members, as well as a nice 500% bonus on initial deposits. In addition to being US-friendly, I’ve found Bingo Fest to be credit-card friendly as well, making depositing a breeze.

Bingo Sky and Cyber Bingo are also good choices.

Check out my complete list of all online slot machines that you’ll find at Vistagaming Software sites.





Rival-Powered Online Casino Again Available to US Players

About a year and a half ago, Rival-Powered online casinos shut their doors to players in the United States. If you were located in the US and had an account at one of these online casinos, then you found yourself out of luck. Sure, you got your balance returned to you, but you could no longer play the cool Rival-powered games.

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Today I am pleased to report that there is now a Rival-Powered online casino that accepts real money players from the United States! For the past two weeks, I have been testing Slots Capital — I was able to make a deposit, get a bonus, and make a withdraw request (which is now in progress). Through my testing, the casino software has performed flawlessly. The customer support via chat and email has been prompt and their information accurate.

So, if you’re looking for a Rival-Powered online casino, check out Slots Capital. You’ll get $7 free when you sign up, and a generous 200% bonus on your initial deposit.

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Update on US Friendly Online Poker Rooms

Online poker is a fluid, dynamic industry. Just last month, a United States Department of Justice ruling came to light which many feel has paved the way for online poker legalization and regulation in 2012.

It seems that each month — heck, sometimes each week — online poker sites come and go, or change the policy toward accepting US-based real-money players. Complicating things is the fact that there are some online poker networks that have several “skins”, or front-ends, and you’re only allowed to register at one of the skins. So, even though there are more than a dozen US-friendly online poker rooms, you can only open an account at a handful of those sites.

Here is the latest list of US-friendly online poker rooms where you’ll want to have accounts.

Name Network Bonus Code Match % Min Deposit Max Deposit Bonus Release Barred States
Bovada Poker Bovada / Bodog None 110 20 1000 For first 60 days, 5 Poker Points = $1, released at $10, $40, $100, $150, $300 and $400. None
Poker4Ever Everleaf MON500 100 10 500 Earn 20 X Bonus in PokerPoints ($1 in rake = 10 PPs) within 60 days. Bonus paid out in 10 parts. None
Americas Cardroom Yatahay DR500 100 25 1000 $1 for every 500 FPPs in first 40 days MD WA Poker Merge None 100 20 1000 Released as $10 per 800 points earned DC KY LA MO
Intertops Poker Cake None 110 50 545 Released in $5 increments based on play KY LA MD MO

BetOnSoft Online Casinos Offer 28 Video Slot Machines

As I mentioned in a previous post, BetOnSoft is a new online casino software provider that is currently running five online casinos — my favorite of which is Treasure Mile.

Among the slot machines at BetOnSoft online casinos, there are the typical themes of gladiators, jungle animals, and spin-the-wheel / “Wheel of Fortune”. However, they also have some slot machines with some themes that I’ve not seen at any other online casinos.

Fight on the side of Captain Shockwave and the Alpha Squad as they take on the Omega Syndicate. It’s all out action, an adventure and clash of two major forces in the ultimate showdown! Get your uniform, grab your battle plan and go, go, go! Win up to 120,000 coins and up to 24 free spins on this 15 coin, 30 line wild video slot!
It’s time to saddle up and head out west. But you’d better be quick on the spin if you want to get anywhere in this wild west slot! Win up to 60,000 coins! 30 Line. 10 Coins. Up to 20 free spins. 2 expanding wilds!
Two powerful planets are at war and only you can help decide the outcome of this galactic conflict. Spin the reels and decide the fate of mankind. Win up to 50,000 coins! 15 Lines, 5 coin, up to 10 free spins, feature game, wild, x 2 multiplier.

Here is a complete list of the online video slot machines from BetOnSoft online casinos.

All US players are welcome to play these online slot machines at any of these five online casinos: Treasure Mile, Mandarin Palace, Grand Eagle, WizBet, Lucky Creek.


New Slots3™ Online Slot Machines

The Slots3™ online slot machines from BetSoftGaming are arguably the most visually stunning and most interesting of all online slot machines. Recently, they have released three new online slots, available at 7Red Casino.

Gold Diggers, a five reel, 30 line 3D online slot game, tells the story of intrepid miners Zeke and Jeb during the California Gold Rush of 1849 in their quest to unearth enough gold to satisfy the beautiful Daisy.
House of Fun is the world’s first 3D cinematic online slot machine with an interactive, themed storyline. House of Fun follows the tale of two young adults and their trusty dog as they discover a strange old house full of mysteries, freaks and frights.
Rock Star is centered around a flashy, hard-rocking band playing high-energy rock music in the background. Experience the thrill of being onstage, performing for thousands of adoring fans. Witness the band play an epic solo in an incredible on-reel bonus feature and experience the infectious energy of a rock concert. Rock out with the band in the bonus round on this online slot machine!

New Online Casino Software for US Players

It’s been over a year since US players have had the opportunity to play at an online casino with new online casino software. (The last new online casino software for US players was from Top Game; before that was Rival.) Recently, however, the new BetOnSoft Platform has been released and has opened their virtual doors to players from around the world — including US players.

The BetOnSoft Platform offers 15 Classic Slots, 28 Video Slots, and Keno. Their table games include Blackjack (1, 2, 4, and 8 deck versions), 3 Card Poker, Craps, Baccarat, and both American and European Roulette. To wrap things up, they offer 28 varieties of Video Poker.

I’ve taken an initial look at one of the BetOnSoft online casinos — Treasure Mile. (Since they offer a practice mode, you can check out all the games before making a deposit.) The interface is clean and intuitive — start at the bottom and work your way up from Casino to (for example) Video Poker until a ring of available games is displayed. Pretty cool!

Here is a list of the five BetOnSoft online casinos. Only one offers free chips, while all offer an initial deposit bonus (the minimum deposit is $20).

Casino Name Free Chips Bonus Match Match Maximum
Treasure Mile 50 100% 1000
Mandarin Palace 0 150% 200
Grand Eagle 0 100% 250
WizBet 0 100% 100
Lucky Creek 0 100% 250

The 4 Best Online Poker Sites for US Players

I’ve been playing poker online for several years now. Based on my experiences, feedback from others, and news reports (both good and bad), here is my list of the 4 best online poker sites for US players.

  1. Doyle’s Room – Free and easy credit card and e-wallet deposits, fast and free e-wallet withdrawals (express check withdrawals are $50), and their unique bounty tournaments set this poker room apart from the others. Doyle’s Room operates on the Cake Poker network, the 4th-largest poker network open to US players in terms of number of players. They also have a pretty good casino, too. Accepting players from 47 states (KY, WA, LA are barred), Doyle’s Room is a great choice for playing poker online. Current online poker promotion for new players: Get a 110% bonus up to $550.
  2. Full Tilt – There is always a lot of action at Full Tilt, the 2nd-largest poker network in terms of number of players. E-checks are free for depositing and withdrawing, so that’s a real bankroll saver. Also, thinking back to when I first opened an account with Full Tilt, their initial deposit bonus was generous and straightforward to clear. Current online poker promotion for new players: Get a 100% bonus up to $600.
  3. PokerStars – The granddaddy of them all, PokerStars is the largest poker room in the world — it’s about twice as big as Full Tilt. The PokerStars lobby is full-featured, yet still easy-to-use; the tabbed interface and filtering options allow you to customize its display of just the cash games, tourneys, and poker variants that you want to see. Freerolls abound at PokerStars. E-checks are free for depositing and withdrawing. Current online poker promotion for new players: Get a 100% bonus up to $600.
  4. Poker – This is one of 70+ rooms in the growing Merge Network. While I suppose that one room on the network is as good as any other, also has a sportsbook, racebook, and casino, which is convenient if you like to bet sports, play table games, and win at some video poker. Their initial signup offer is simpler than it sounds: $10 rake = 800 VIP points = $10 free money released to real money account. Current online poker promotion for new players: Get a 100% bonus up to $1000 + 14 days of entries into a daily $500 freeroll.

Gaming Right Casino Software Review

Gaming Right Casino Software provides some online casinos with popular table games like blackjack and craps to progressive, bonus round and free spin slots to video poker, keno and pull tabs. This blog will provide a brief review of their software.

The table games are fine. There is nothing good nor bad about the blackjack and craps games. They do offer single-zero roulette, so that’s a plus. In addition, they do have three games that I’ve not seen at any other online casino — Banco 1×2, Hoo Hey How, and Trente Quarente. (I’ll be taking a look at these games in future posts.)

Other software providers offer more varieties of video poker than Gaming Right Casino Software. Their multi-hand versions are 4, 18, or 50 hands — where is the standard 10 handed? They do offer Two Ways Royal, a game not found at most online casinos. Their odds on single hand Jacks or Better are average, with a house edge of 0.89% (the best online Jacks or Better odds has a house edge of 0.46%).

The slots stink. Every one of their games are nearly identical, with only slight variations in rules across their slots. The skins on the slots are less than average — they don’t even look all that good.

Still, if you want to give them a try, you can play for free after registering at WannaBet. WannaBet welcomes players from around the globe.


All US Players Welcome at, a New Top Game Casino

If you have not yet tried an online casino running Top Game software, you really need to check out Since Top Game came on the scene a few months ago, I have been downloading and auditing several sites that run this software to try to find the best one. is the clear winner. Despite its name, this online casino offers more than just blackjack — they have all the casino-style games that you would expect, including slots, video poker, roulette, and more. As usual, what sets this site apart from others is its customer service. Chat, toll-free phone support, and (of course) email support are all available — and the support folks are quick, accurate, and friendly.

I’ve posted an extensive review of this online casino at The Online Casino Gambling Directory. You can try using its free-play mode. And, if you do decide to make a first deposit, they’ll match it up to 100 bucks!