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Americans and others around the globe who are looking to play online poker have a solid option available in the form of As its name might imply, this site is mainly an internet bookmaker, but it does also offer plenty of poker games as well.

Whether you like poker tournaments or cash games, Texas Hold’em poker or some other format, you’ll find what you seek in spades (and hearts, clubs, diamonds as well) at this online poker room. is part of the Chico Poker Network along with its partner site BetOnline, and they both serve players from the United States and many other countries around the world.

Chico has grown over the past couple of years until it’s now the third-largest destination, by traffic numbers, that’s accessible to U.S. poker players. There are no authorized percentage-based rakeback deals available anywhere on the internet, but what you’ll get instead is a sweet 100% match on your first deposit up to a maximum amount of $1,000. With this bonus, whether you win or lose at the tables, you’ll be able to augment your bankroll nicely. Logo

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Welcome Bonus Details

Every site that allows you to play poker online has its own unique wrinkles when it comes to the welcome bonus, so it’s prudent to go over them now to help you avoid making any mistakes. After you make your initial deposit, which must be between $50 and $1,000, you’ll have to send an email to poker[at] to request that your bonus be issued. Include your username in the text of your email. Your bonus will be credited to your account within 48 hours, and the amount of free money you’ll get will be identical to the sum you deposited.

The 30-day bonus period will start at this time, so you’ll have the next month to unlock your complimentary money in $5 portions by gathering 5,000 comp points to earn out each segment of the bonus. In ring games, every cent you pay toward the rake will reward you with 1 comp point while poker tournaments disburse 1 point for every penny paid in fees. Doing the math, we see that you’ll get back 10% of your rake while this bonus is active.

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To learn how to make a new account, watch the above video. Or read below for instructions in text form.

STEP 1: Please clear cookies in your web-browser before clicking either signup link below.
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STEP 2:  If you've previously installed the software, you must uninstall it now before continuing.

STEP 3: :  Click the SportsBetting logo below, or click the text link provided below the logo.
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STEP 4: Click "Play Now" button to begin software download and account creation process.

STEP 5: Fill out account information.

STEP 6: Check registered email address for confirmation email and username sent from  cs[at]

STEP 7:  (optional) Skype or Email us your username and registered email address so that we can confirm your account is properly set up.

STEP 8: Log into the poker software with your Username and Password.  Upon logging in the first time you will create your poker table alias (table name).

OPTIONS & OTHER NOTES: There is only one native heads up display that works on SB Poker. That HUD is Holdem Indicator.  It also happens to work with virtually every single US-friendly site as well as most non-US sites as well. The Holdem Indicator package has been upgraded to be compatible with fast-fold Boost games at

We have a detailed review of Holdem Indicator that you can read about on our updated poker software review page.  If you want to skip right ahead to the good stuff, you can purchase Holdem Indicator (Windows) at a 10% discount which is exclusively offered by Professional Rakeback for our loyal customers. For the Mac version, click here.

Sportsbetting does actually support a native, free-to-download Odds Calculator, which is a stripped-down version of the Holdem Indicator software. However, for the maximum functionality – including multi-site compatibility – we recommend that you buy the full version instead.

** For best results when attempting to deposit or withdraw via an internet browser, choose Internet Explorer.

*** Please note, they will call you immediately after you create your account to help you make an initial deposit; you do not need to deposit immediately if you are not ready yet.

If you have taken advantage of our BOL or SBag offers and created an account, please consider sharing that fact with your friends.  We would be happy to have them as customers as well! Product Suite

Poker is just one of the types of gambling that you can look forward to when you register your new SB Poker account. This reputable bookmaker will award you 50% up to $1,000 on your opening deposit to use for making sports wagers along with 100% up to $1,000 to try out the casino. In fact, this casino bonus is available on your first three deposits for a grand total of $3,000 in complimentary bonus funds.

There are further offers to claim in the various other divisions of the Sportsbetting empire. Among the other gambling pastimes supported at are racetrack parimutuel wagering, eSports betting, and, last but not least, live casino games. In this Live Dealer platform, the games are operated by real human beings, and the action is broadcast over the internet to all participants. We've created a video of the gameplay in the Live Casino, and you can watch it below:

That being said, though, SB Poker might not be the best site to join if casino gaming really gets your blood pumping. While we advise all poker fans to sign up for, there are two other brands that might be better fits for devotees of blackjack, roulette, slots, and similar games.

Wild Casino and SuperSlots are part of the same group that runs, and thus, they have the same excellent cashier timeframes, overall reputation for reliability, and roster of casino titles. There's no sportsbook or poker room at these two casinos, however, which is only a minor disadvantage if you don't intend to bet on sports a lot or take a seat at the poker tables. On the other hand, Wild Casino and can promote the hell out of their casino offerings without feeling like they're giving other types of customers short shrift.

The list of promotions for these casino-specific sites bears this out. There are several offers that are not extended to SB Poker's casino players. The welcome bonuses for both Wild Casino and Super Slots are much larger than at, and there are more and better reload bonuses too.

To find out more about how to take advantage of the $9,000 Wild Casino welcome bonus and other promotional specials, read a detailed review of the Wild Casino platform. Or if you would like to find out about and its $6,000 in deposit bonuses, head over to our accurate Super Slots review. Deposits and Cashouts

The cashier at is among the most thorough of any site that accepts U.S. players. You can fund your account with any one of these processors:

  • Bitcoin: $20 - $100,000
  • Litecoin: $20 - $100,000
  • Ethereum: $20 - $100,000
  • Bitcoin Cash: $20 - $100,000
  • Ripple: $20 - $100,000
  • Visa/MasterCard/Amex/Discover: $50 - $2,500
  • Person to person: $100 - $600
  • Money Order (USA only)*: $300 - $9,000
  • Check (non-personal)*: $1,500 - $15,000
  • ecoPayz (non-USA): $10 - $10,000

The methods that have an asterisk (*) next to them require that you contact support for assistance and directions on how to deposit via that option. Overall, we feel that Bitcoin, is best if it’s available to you; otherwise, depositing through Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple, or Bitcoin Cash should work well for most people. Credit cards are a decent choice as well.

Whatever payment solution you wind up selecting, remember that your deposit must be between $50 and $1,000 for you to collect the 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus.

As far as withdrawals go, most of these same processors are offered, but there are a few that are missing, notably credit cards. Here’s the full list of supported cashout methods:

  • Bitcoin: $20 - $100,000
  • Litecoin: $20 - $100,000
  • Ethereum: $20 - $100,000
  • Bitcoin Cash: $20 - $100,000
  • Ripple: $20 - $100,000
  • Person to person ($26 - $51 fee): $50 - $400
  • Bank wire: $500 - $24,900
  • Couriered check ($50 fee): $500 - $5,000

You’ll notice that there are fees attached to some of these forms of payouts. Fortunately, every customer can get a free cashout by check once per month on a Friday.

We strongly advise you to explore your options for cryptocurrency transactions both for deposits and withdrawals. By conducting your interactive gaming via these innovative digital coins, you'll be able to avoid most fees and also receive your money much faster than almost any other payout channel. is one of the best internet poker rooms in the offshore USA market in terms of withdrawal timeframes. As evidence for this assertion, we present our monthly online poker payout report where you will regularly find Sportsbetting and the rest of the Chico Poker Network at or near the top of the rankings.

Sportsbetting Poker Software

The software suite employed by for its poker room was developed by Connective Games. The full desktop client is offered for download to both PC and Mac users.

In April 2017, the Chico Poker Network launched its mobile poker software, available as an app for Android and in-browser for iOS devices. At that time, we reviewed all aspects of the SB Poker mobile client. In short, we found it to be excellent, containing almost all games present in the regular desktop version of the client.

After releasing the mobile poker solution, next debuted a web-based poker interface. You can log into it and take a seat using pretty much any modern web browser.

Cash Tables

No Limit Texas Hold’em poker is probably what you want to see, and you won’t be disappointed at Stakes run from $0.05/$0.10 up to $5/$10, and there’s usually a game or two running at even the highest stakes although, understandably, the micro-stakes tables account for the bulk of the action.

If you’re a PLO Hi or PLO/8 fan, then this site has what you crave too because big-bet Omaha games run from $0.05/$0.10 to $5/$10 as well. There aren’t as many games running in four-card poker as there are of Hold’em, but there’s nevertheless a vibrant Omaha scene. Next we come to Limit Texas Hold’em and Limit Omaha/8, which are unfortunately virtually deserted.

6+ Hold'em, a variant that's attracting all kinds of high-stakes live action, has also appeared at Only seldom will you see more than two or three tables in this format going, but, hey, that's two or three more than you'll encounter at almost every other USA-friendly poker room.

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It's only possible to play at up to eight ring game tables at a time. If you attempt to launch more than this, you'll get an error message.

Boost poker came to and the rest of the Chico Network at the beginning of 2018. This is a fast-fold cash game format, which lets you fold your hand if you don't like it and be transported instantaneously to another table to begin a new game round. This way of doing things speeds up the pace of the game significantly.

After initially appearing at multiple stake levels, Boost was restricted to just $0.05/$0.10 most likely due to concerns about insufficient participation in the higher-blind pools. However, it has since been re-added up to $2/$5 stakes.

If you're curious about what the flow of the game is like in Boost, then be sure to check out our video of it below:


There’s quite a range of buyins present in the SNG lobby. You can enter contests as cheap as $1.50 or as expensive as $200. Whatever level you choose, it probably won’t be too long before enough people enter to make the tourney start. Among the unusual single-table formats offered by SB Poker are Progressive KO sit n' gos, multi-table shootouts, and 6+ Hold'em tables. In addition, of course, you have a full range of NLHE contests as well as a few for PLO and PLO/8.

In December 2017, Sportsbetting.AG introduced Windfall Poker, which adds a random twist to the traditional sit n' go formula. In a three-person Windfall, the system chooses a number between 2 and 2,000, and that's how many buyins the prize pool contains.

Additional styles of Windfall, with altered multiplier amounts and frequencies, were introduced in March 2019. They're called Jackpot and Flips.

Multi-Table Tournaments

The poker tournament schedule at this card room is weighted heavily toward the lower end of the price scale. Guaranteed events start as low as $1.10 and go as high as the weekly Sunday Major $60,000 Gtd, which costs $100 + $9 to enter. Sometimes, this tournament – called the Main Event – has a boosted guarantee of up to $100,000.

Recently, added Omaha and Omaha/8 tourneys to the normal daily MTT schedule, which had hitherto been NLHE-only. PLO and PLO/8 are offered at buyins between $1.10 and $55. Tournaments Tournament Lobby at Sportsbetting Poker

Regular Promotions

While the initial deposit bonus attracts newcomers to, management understands the need to keep existing players satisfied. This is why the site offers a full rotation of promotional specials that are designed to put some additional cash into your pocket over time no matter what type of poker games you enjoy.

Cash Game Leaderboard

Every week in the poker client's Contests section, you'll see the $10,000 Weekly Cash Race Leaderboard for which you must opt in if you're interested. This is a contest wherein you get 1 point for every $1 in ring game rake you pay, and at the end of each week (here defined as a period of time extending from Sunday noon till 11:59 a.m. on the next Sunday), the top competitors divvy up a $10,000 prize pool. There are three separate divisions based on blind level, so you have a chance to win every if you only sit in the lowest-stakes games.

All forms of cash game poker are valid toward this leaderboard, including Omaha games, Boost fast-fold pools, and Bad Beat Jackpot tables.

Sit n' Go Leaderboard

There's a leaderboard for SNG fanatics that pays out a total of $5,000 in tournament money to the best 50 finishers each week. The standings are divided up into two sections: one for Windfalls and another for regular sit-n-gos although double-or-nothing and heads-up games do not count. Each leaderboard period starts on a Sunday at noon and continues through to the following Sunday at 11:59 a.m. 

You have to opt in if you wish to participate by going to the cashier, clicking on “Contests,” and pressing the relevant “Opt In” button. Once you have done this, you will begin to accrue leaderboard points by paying SNG fees.'s cash game lobby Ring Game Tab in the Poker Lobby

Bad Beat Jackpot

If you play on the Bad Beat Jackpot tables at and suffer a massive cooler, your bad luck might turn into a six-figure payday instead. The Bad Beat Jackpot pays out for every hand of quad Qs or better than goes to showdown and loses assuming that at least four players received cards in the hand and both players used both their hole cards at showdown. Sometimes, the site reduces the minimum qualifying hand to something less than QQQQ.

20 percent of the jackpot will go to whoever held the losing hand, and whoever won the hand will get 15%. The rest of the table will divvy up another 12.5%, and a further 12.5% will be split up among everyone sitting at any other BBJ table. A new jackpot will then be created with 35% of the fund, and 5% will be retained by the site as administrative fees.

Throughout 2018, the particulars of these payout arrangements were fiddled with a number of times, most often to the detriment of players. At one point, the room was levying a usurious fee of 15% whenever the jackpot was hit! We didn't like this, and we made a Bad Beat Jackpot video pointing out the greediness of management in this area. It seems as though our concerns were noted because has since dropped its take to just 5% of the jackpot funds.

The way this jackpot grows in the first place is that $0.10 of extra rake is taken for every $4 in the middle during any hand at the clearly marked Bad Beat Jackpot tables, and the maximum Bad Beat contribution for any single hand is $0.50. If you decide to avoid paying this extra rake, then simply sit at the tables that aren’t listed with a star before their name.

The largest Bad Beat Jackpot to pay out on the Chico Poker Network occurred Nov. 11, 2018 when user “satinhoz” won $218,033.01 at a $1/$2 table.

Boost Bad Beat Jackpot

There's a smaller BBJ that's active in fast-fold Boost pools: one that typically only reaches into the hundreds or low thousands of dollars before being hit. In order to qualify for it, you need 2222 or better cracked at showdown.

Should this jackpot be triggered, the person holding the losing hand will be paid 40% of the prize pool while the winner will take home 20%. Others seated at the same table when the fateful hand plays out will share 15% whereas those located at any other Boost table will split up 10%. 15% will go to start a new Bad Beat Jackpot, and site management doesn't take any cut of these funds.

The Boost Bad Beat Jackpot is funded by a $0.02 rake for every $1 in the pot, and the maximum amount that can be removed from the middle in this manner is $0.10.


The threat of online poker bots has some players worried. It's hard enough to beat the other players and the rake without having to contend with automated software players that can play hand after hand without going on tilt, misreading their hands, or ever getting tired. In the past, there were frequent allegations that the tables at SB Poker tended to contain more than their fair share of bots.

Lately, the Chico Poker Network has been taking the presence of bots very seriously, and it has begun to crack down on them hard. Their efforts appear to be bearing fruit as evidenced by the below comments from real players:

As many people here know I used to actively track the bots on this network and provide other players with information about them. I can confidently say that there's been massive improvements in that area over the last year. The most common cash game botring profile has been pretty much eradicated from their cash game tables. I used to be able to identify multiple bots at most NLHE cash game tables at almost anytime throughout a day. That hasn't been the case for about a year now. That's not to say a suspicious account might not pop up from time to time, as it's a possibility at any poker site, but their current security team does a much better job with improving game integrity issues on the network than what was taking place at their tables prior to this past year. There has also been some compensation given to affected players over the past year when accounts who were violating the rules were identified and had their funds seized. -- MCAChiTown (2+2 Forums Source Link)

I play a lot of 500 & 1k am pretty confident that the games are bot and RTA free -- NINzent


Even at the best-run companies, unforeseen circumstances sometimes develop. Whenever you have a problem or concern at, you can easily get ahold of support personnel. Simply call the toll-free number, 1-888-843-9027, or click on the Live Chat link on the website. You can also direct your queries through email to cs[at] for general topics or poker[at] for specifically poker-related issues.

We decided to test out the Live Chat support interface to see how good it was. We had deposited with a bonus code for a reload bonus that also came with free tournament bucks, but neither the bonus nor the $T was applied to our account. We got in touch with Live Chat staffer “Mike”:

Live Chat Support at The Sportsbetting Live Chat Worker Took Care of Our Request Competently

He knew what we were talking about and advised us that he was adding the bonus to our account manually. He also informed us that poker management would be crediting us our tournament money within 24 hours. Although we would have preferred if the automatic promo code worked as intended without any intervention required, we appreciate the fact that Mike was able to make good on the site's promises.

User Comments

We've found to be among our favorite places to play poker online from America, but we always like to check around the internet to see what others are saying too. Most of the comments about Sportsbetting on forums are positive as you can observe below:

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The good news for Americans is that accepts players from almost all 50 states, the lone exception being New Jersey. Players from around the globe are welcome too apart from a few countries, which cannot play here: Australia, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, France, Malta, Panama, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, United Kingdom, Yemen.

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