Comparing Real Money Poker Sites
Most of us who’ve been playing online poker for a
while have made a few mistakes when choosing online
poker rooms – I know I sure did. I want to help you
to avoid making those same mistakes, so I’ve compiled
this list of 5 things to know when comparing real
money poker sites.
1. Not All Real Money Poker Sites Spread
the Same Games
It’s no fun to sign up to a poker site or mobile poker room only to find
that the game you wanted to play isn’t offered there.
It kind of renders your entire search process useless.
Save yourself some frustration and research each site’s
games before you sign up.
If you play the more popular forms of poker, namely
Holdem or Omaha, you won’t have a problem with this.
Pretty much every real money poker site in the world
spreads both games in cash and tournament form.
But if you’re into the lesser-known forms of poker, like HORSE and other mixed games, you need to be careful.
Very few sites spread HORSE these days, and fewer
still spread uncommon variants like Badugi. Carbon
Poker and Lock Poker are two of the only players left
in this space. Of the two, I’d recommend Lock
Poker – the on-site casino makes the games really
If you like particular types of tournament games,
make sure a potential poker site has them. Some sites,
like Cake Poker , pride themselves on offering
unique tourney structures.
2. Some Real Money Poker Sites Have More
It’s a fact: without players, there can be no poker.
A real money poker site could have world-class software,
a bunch of incredible games, and excellent promotions,
but none of those things matter if there are no players
sitting down at the tables.
You’ll find that the most established sites online
have the largest player pools. For example 888 Poker
has been around for ages – since 1997 to be exact.
Thus it’s no surprise that it’s one of the largest
networks around, with about 2000 players average online
at a given time.
Now, it’s not necessarily a given that the sites
with more players are better. It’s all about what
you’re looking for personally. If you just want to
make sure you’ll be able to get a game at all times,
then yeah – choose the biggest site you can find.
But it’s a fact that the smaller sites often have
a higher fish-to-regular ratio than the big guys.
A site like Ignition Poker is a goldmine if you’re just
looking to crush bad players. The vast majority of
players there are terrible. In fact, it’s practically
Bovada’s corporate policy to make sure fish love their
site and stick around – the Bovada software has built-in
features designed specifically to deter grinders from
sucking the games dry.
So ask yourself what’s more important to you: a smaller
player pool made up of mostly fish, or a larger player
pool with some grinders sprinkled in. Then choose
your real money poker site accordingly.
3. Some Real Money Poker Sites Have Better
This is probably the hardest part about picking a
poker site, because you can’t really know whether
or not the software is good without having played
there. I’ve signed up at the download sites and played real money poker on iOS that
looked incredible on paper, only to find that the
games were glitch-filled and slow beyond belief.
A good rule of thumb is that the more established
poker sites will have better software. Think about
it: a site like Bet Online has been in operation
for over 10 years. That’s over 10 years of investment
into the software client that other sites simply can’t
match. Thus it’s no surprise that 888 Poker has one
of the best software clients around.
Some of the features that make BetOnline Poker and
Bovada's software world-class are:
Blazing fast connection speeds and smooth-clicking
Multi-tabling options like auto-resize tables
and a four-color deck option.
Of course no two players are like, and there’s room
for subjective opinion in picking a real money poker
site based on software. But it’s almost always true
that older, bigger poker sites will have better software
clients. Keep that in mind when making your choice.
4. Some Real Money Poker Sites Have Better
Wherever we choose to play, we want to be sure that
our poker investment is kept safe. The main mechanism
for determining whether or not a real money poker
site is legit is reputation.
Frankly, sites that rip people off do not last in
this industry. Once word gets out that a player has
been stiffed, or once too many players complain about
poor service, a poker room has dug its own grave.
Conversely, sites with excellent reputations generally
have histories of serving players well. Ignition Poker
and BetOnline.com have long been known to be two of
the safest real money poker sites around. They’re
so safe, in fact, that they’ve gained near-complete
5. Some Real Money Poker Sites Give Better
You’ll certainly want to factor promotions and bonuses
into your decision when choosing a poker room. Sometimes
bonuses can be the difference between a winning month
and a losing month, so take advantage of whatever
free cash you can get.