What are the largest poker sites available to US poker players? In this article, we rank the size of offshore poker sites that allow US players by both cash game volume and tournament offerings.
The largest poker sites in the world are often not available to US players. Ever since Black Friday forced some of the largest poker sites in the world to pull out of the US markets, players have thought their options limited to only a couple small, offshore poker sites. However, players might be surprised to learn that there are two online poker networks that are among the top ten largest networks in the world. There are also a number of sites that offer games to Americans who are in the top 25 largest sites available. So while PokerStars and 888 poker are not available, there are still plenty of high-quality, high-liquidity, and fast-paying online poker sites available to play on.
For American players, there are two main options when it comes to playing online tournaments, both of which are among the top 5 largest poker sites in the world. The two largest options are hosted on the Pai Wang Luo poker network and the Winning Poker Network. Each of these networks hosts upwards of $5 million dollars per month in guaranteed tournaments! It's tough to call a winner as each network has pros and cons. For example, one caters more to small stakes players and the other caters more to higher buy-in grinders.
The Pai Wang Luo network's US-friendly partner is called Ignition Poker. Ignition offers tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $0.25 all the way up to $540. Tournament types include both Holdem and Omaha variants. The largest weekly scheduled event is a $100,000 guaranteed NLHE tournament on Sundays, with tons of satellites each week to earn your chance to play. This network has more tournaments for low stakes players, and better guarantees on those tournaments. It also has the distinction of having the weakest players on all sites!
The Winning Poker Network has a number of US-friendly brands, including America's Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, True Poker and PokerHost. These card rooms offer buy-ins ranging from $1.10 all the way up to $1,050. Tournaments come in both Holdem and Omaha flavors. The largest weekly scheduled event is a $135,000 guaranteed NLHE tournament held every Sunday. This network caters more towards higher stakes buy-ins and does not offer as many sattellite changes for small stakes players. Every 3 months this network hosts a tournament with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool similar to what players were accustomed to playing on PokerStars in years past (the buy-in is $540 and they run sattellite tournaments for over a month starting as low as $1). Overall, the largest tournaments here have the highest guarantees regularly available to US players.
Honorable mention goes to the Chico Network. They are growing their tournament schedule and now have roughly $1,000,000 per month in guaranteed events. While the tournament selection at this site is considerably less than the two above, the games are very soft. The largest tournament each week is a $25,000 guaranteed NLHE rebuy and addon event.
There are half a dozen offshore US-friendly poker sites to play online poker cash games at. In order of largest to smallest they are:
1st) Ignition Poker - 1,200+ average cash game player count
2nd) America's Cardroom - 1,000 average cash game player count
3rd) Sportsbetting.ag - 800 average cash game player count
4th) Intertops - 150 average cash game player count
5th) Grand Poker - 50 average cash game player count
6th) SWC Poker - 40 average cash game player count
The easiest cash games can be found on Ignition Poker, Sportsbetting.ag, and Grand Poker. The toughest games are on America's Cardroom. Interops and SWC poker are in the middle in terms of difficulty. All sites have regular no limit Hold'em and pot limit Omaha games running. If you are looking for more exotic games your options are pretty limited. 7 card stud players can find games on America's Cardroom. Omaha hi/lo players can find games on ACR, Sportsbetting.ag, and SWCPoker. The only site to offer HORSE is SWCPoker.
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