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There's little doubt that Online Poker has exploded in popularity across the U.S., and the world. This was especially true when online gambling was legal in the U.S.; however, due to recent legislation, residents of the United States are barred from participating in online poker games using actual currency.

Still, there are several websites that allow people from the U.S. and any other country to play online poker without wagering any real cash. Playing online poker against real people can be a lot more fun than playing against a computer. Watching and learning how a human plays their poker hand is something that just can't be duplicated.

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5 stars
Poker Stars

POKER STARSTopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Poker Stars offers a very attractive and easy-to-use web site that offers a wide variety of online poker games utilizing "play money". The site also includes a wealth of information for all player levels and abilities, and they earn our top rating.
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3.5 stars
Everest Poker

EVEREST POKER

Everest Poker is a newer online poker site that offers the most common poker games of Texas Hold'em and Omaha. It has a free play option for U.S. residents who are restricted from betting with real money. It continues to add players globally and will likely become an even better site in the months and years to come. Read More... Visit
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2.5 stars
888 Poker

888 POKER

One of the oldest online poker and gaming sites, 888 Poker offers all of the major poker card games online. However, U.S. residents are barred from participating and there are no "play money" options available. The site features crisp graphics and easy play but only if you live outside the United States. Read More... Visit
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2 stars
Party Poker

PARTY POKER

One of the largest online poker and gaming sites in the world, Party Poker offers a much more limited potpourri of online poker games using "play money" in accordance with current U.S. laws and restrictions. A great site if you are a resident of any country other then the U.S., but their "pretend money" offerings are somewhat dull.
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1.5 stars
Full Tilt Poker

FULL TILT POKER

Full Tilt Poker offers a lackluster site that utilizes "play money" for U.S. residents. Eight of the most popular poker games are available from your home computer or laptop, but overall they were hard to get excited about.
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Also, for those U.S. residents that like to visit legal casinos and poker rooms, you can work on your poker game from home and improve your skills without wagering real money against people who are more experienced.

Whatever your reasons, the good news is you have a variety of good online poker games to choose from. However, before hopping online to play your next game of Texas Hold'em, you should consider a number of factors that make some online poker websites good, and other online poker websites great:

  • Website Functionality.  Do you download the online poker gaming software? How good are the graphics? Is finding online assistance easy?
  • Selection.  How many online poker games are offered at each website? Will they offer a wide selection of games or are you limited to only a few options for free play?
  • Rules and Restrictions.  Do rules and restrictions exist that limit the length of time you can play online poker for free?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best online poker sites available today. We hope this information helps you find and win your next online poker game!

Why Online Poker Is So Popular

The online poker industry is booming, with some online poker sites claiming to have as many as 20,000 to 60,000 visitors daily. With numbers like that, it would seem that everyone is getting in on the action, placing their bets and letting the chips fall where they may.

But why the sudden surge in popularity of online poker versus live poker at a casino? There are many reasons as to why more people are playing the game online instead of in person.

First and foremost, poker is no longer seen as just another gambler’s game. Since the early 2000s, poker has come to be viewed as a sport in the United States, making it attractive to a whole new audience.

At any given time, sports channels may be carrying live, high-stakes poker games instead of soccer, football or baseball. Cable channels like BRAVO, ESPN and Fox Sports Net have all dedicated programming to poker since 2003, helping to bring greater exposure to the game.

In 2011, poker joined games such as chess and bridge as official games of skill by the International Mind Sports Association. The International Mind Sports Association is formally recognized by the International Olympic Committee, making poker an official game of skill for the Olympics.

Thanks to this kind of repeated media exposure, poker has taken on a new life and gained the interest of those who may not have previously considered playing a round themselves.

This increased exposure also has led to poker – more specifically the Texas Hold ‘Em format – to be used by numerous charities and organizations looking to host public fundraisers. By doing so, it helped to further mainstream a game that previously had been reserved strictly for casinos and back rooms, and maybe the occasional poker night among buddies.

As poker became more popular, people sought out ways to play the game and have a little fun. Those who do not live close to a casino – or who have reservations about visiting one – found themselves with another option for playing the game: online poker sites.

Players from the United States and Europe are able to engage in a variety of poker-style games on these websites. Popular online poker websites include Sportsbook, BetOnline and LockPoker. Not all online poker websites are open to players in the United States, so before paying any money to join a website or play a game on one, make sure the site is allowed to host players from the United States.

It is important to note that some of these websites allow players to use real money to place bets during poker games. It is therefore very important to select a website that is backed by a financially-secure company. Players who are betting with real money need assurance they will be paid if they win. Be sure to check the financial security and stability – as well as the payout rules – for any site prior to engaging in one of their poker games.

 

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