The landscape of online poker has changed many times since it first began, and we’ve watched the evolution of the game unfold in a relatively short space of time. What started as a fairly simple concept has had to adapt to keep things interesting, resulting in the introduction of features such as anonymous players, jackpot sit and go’s and fast fold games that eliminates waiting around for your next hand. We’ve even seen poker with webcams, although that didn’t really catch on.
What’s also been interesting is that online poker has had the opposite affect on live poker games than online bingo had on high street bingo, actually introducing more players into real world casinos to play, rather than sending offline players online. This influx was due to a new breed of players clearly eager to test out their online skills in a face-to-face setting.
But we digress. This section of the site is dedicated to poker, starting with a list of the best poker sites which you can find below. Like we’ve done in our other sections we’ve hand picked a series of recommended poker sites. For a bigger list, see our poker bonuses page.
Best Online Poker Sites For January, 2019
888 have had a long standing tradition with online poker and these days, the company are still right up there as one of the best. The site not only looks great, but also includes some unique software allowing them to cater for a massive range of players.
The games on offer are what’s going to keep players coming back and with a good mix of cash, tournaments and sit and go’s, there is plenty to like. Finally, the promotions on offer will appeal to both new and existing players, with a VIP club allowing you to claim cash back on rake that you wager.
32Red is probably one of the most underrated poker rooms in our eyes and we cant really grasp why more people aren’t flocking towards to the site. The first thing that we want to note is their plethora of promotions that are on offer. These are subject to change, however, so see the 32Red site for details of current offers.
You’re going to be able to download the poker software as well, which is fairly rare. The games on offer are fairly limited, but the overall standard is pretty low, making for some of the best games online.
Ladbrokes Poker runs on the iPoker network and offers pretty much everything you'll want from a poker site - all the standard games, formats and tournaments available to play on desktop or mobile.
Features to Watch Out For
Bad Beat Jackpots
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a Bad Beat Jackpot is paid out when a player loses whilst holding a hand of four of a kind (10’s) or better. Both of the players hole cards must be used, so if there are 4 aces on the board and it comes down to the kicker in the players hand, then it isn’t going to pay out.
But it isn’t only the person with the losing hand that gets their hands on the jackpot, although they do take the lions share. The player holding the winning hand, as well as every player dealt into the qualifying hand, also get a portion of the jackpot. In fact with a jackpot as high as it currently is, every player dealt into the hand would receive at least €15k.
Poker With Webcams
If you’re an online poker player, you may start having to practice your “poker face”. A new breed of poker tables use web cams and video streaming to bring players literally into your homes.
The idea of using web cams for online poker isn’t a new one – Doyle Brunson discussed the idea in his book “Super System”, but for the first time this idea has become a reality at 888 poker. Using PokerCam, players aliases are joined by a video stream from their web cam – you can see a video of it in action below:
But this raises a number of questions – do you have to have a web cam to play? And what happens if your web cam is disconnected mid way through a game, either accidentally or intentionally?
We asked 888poker these questions and here are the (paraphrased) answers we got:
Q. Do you have to have a web cam to play on a PokerCam table?
Q. What happens if a players webcam is disconnected mid-hand?
A. The player is allowed to finish the hand, but cannot start a new hand until their web cam is turned back on.
This raises the small possibility of a player shutting down their web cam mid-hand to avoid showing any tells. However the act of shutting off their webcam may be more telling than the physical tells that they are trying to avoid showing.
It’s still early days for the technology so it will be interesting to see the players reaction, although my suspicions are that PokerCam tables will be used more by groups of friends who want the social interaction with each other rather than ‘regular’ groups of players who don’t know each other.