Bet365 Poker offers a gigantic 200% sign-up bonus of up to $600. They also have a good loyalty point system, so are ideal for someone who is looking to get into playing regular online poker, as they will be able to accrue regular bonuses and VIP levels.
The software itself is clear and easy to use, and the customer service is regarded as some of the best in the business. A slight drawback with this site is that you are limited to just Hold`em, Stud and Omaha variations, but if those are your games, then this is a recommended site.
William Hill is a major UK bookmaker, which has been running their poker site since 2002. Due to the large amount of sportsbook holders dabbling their hand at poker on this site, lower-stakes games can be loose, and an excellent opportunity for experienced players to pick up some easy winnings, or for new players to be broken in gently.
The major drawback is that a lack of non-European players (no US allowed) means tables are only busy at peak hours. However, the software is clean and usable, and with a large amount of guaranteed tournaments William Hill offers a decent poker site.
Party Poker is one of the largest poker sites on the internet. With over 45% of the online market playing at the tables most nights, there is no problem finding a game here! There are a wide selection games available, and a good variety of tournaments including feeders to the World Poker Tour.
With so many players comes a level of unpredictability. There are many fish, but also many sharks. This means even experienced players can struggle to win low-stakes games. Mid-stakes may be the best option on Party Poker for advanced players. Beginners might be best advised to look elsewhere.
Pacific Poker, powered by 888.com is an extremely popular site which offers new users a great 100% first deposit bonus, up to a maximum of £200. The software has recently been updated, and the majority of the popular poker games are in here. It is now also one of the most user-friendly interfaces around.
This site is great for advanced players, as promotions are run where players can win a seat at the WSOP, and other major tournaments. It`s good for new players as well, as minimum stakes for No-Limit Texas Hold`em start at just 5c/10c, and there are daily freerolls.
Boyle poker is the online poker room of Boylesports, an Irish bookmaking firm. As with many of the UK and Ireland sites, no US players are accepted – and this has quite an affect of the traffic at this particular site. It does, however, mean that Boyle Poker has a small, friendly feel about it, and customer service are very helpful should you have a problem. The sign-up bonus has also improved to a maximum of $600, making it one of the best around.
This is a decent site for newbies, but more experienced or regular players may find the lack of busy games frustrating.
The Virgin Corporation has its finger in many pies, so it`s no surprise that they have moved into the world of online poker. The good news is that players from all over the world are accepted, so you won`t have a problem finding a game at 4am GMT. The welcome bonus is not great, but is easy to achieve, and the loyalty bonuses are some of the best in the business – Virgin Atlantic flights, anyone?!
The software has a unique, attractive and user-friendly feel to it, and as with other Virgin products the customer support is excellent. Virgin Poker is a bit of a break from the usual, and is recommended.
As with their sports betting, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power`s online poker site offers players great sign-up bonuses (up to $600) and excellent levels of customer service. There is also over $3million to be won every month in free entry and guaranteed prize tournaments, which is sure to keep new and experienced players happy.
The software is good (provided by the iPoker network – the same as CD Poker), and the site is permanently busy due to a large number of European players. This also makes Omaha a popular game on this particular site. Overall, this is a great site for European poker players of all standards.
Stan James Poker is a decent all-round site. The sign-up bonus (usually $100) is relatively easy to achieve, there is a good amount of site traffic, tournament prizes are good and sportsbook members can easily transfer money to their poker wallet.
It could be argued that the software is a bit basic – there are no avatars used for players, and the game has a simplistic feel about it. Most of the focus is also on low to mid stakes Hold`em, but f you are not bothered about bells and whistles, and just want to focus on playing Hold`em poker, then Stan James poker may be the site for you.
The world`s largest betting exchange delved into the world of online poker in 2004, and after being revamped in 2006 is one of the fastest-growing online poker rooms on the market today.
The new software means gameplay is fast and smooth, with good graphics. Most of the play is focused on Texas Hold`em No Limit, but Stud and Omaha are also in there. New starters might be advised against this site, as there is a lack of smaller stake tournaments, but this should improve soon. The flip side is valuable, unique prizes for satellite tournaments, including free entry and travel to professional games around the world.
Blue Square Poker is a stylish and modern site which offers plenty of features and excellent 24/7 customer support. The sign-up bonuses vary and have certain stipulations, but are generally good, and there is always a decent amount of other players online due to the guaranteed prize pools on offer.
The poker software is quick to download, and is ideal for someone who just wants to pick up the game and get started right away. With a good selection of games and skill levels on show, Blue Square Poker is one of the best all-round online poker sites for all abilities.
Coral are one of the biggest bookmakers around, and their poker room is one of the busiest sites in the business. This means a constant stream of players from all around the world, playing a good variety of games at a range of standards.
The software is some of the most advanced around, and there is even an instant play version – no download required. This is great for new players who want to `try before they buy`.
The only real drawback with Coral Poker is the somewhat complicated sign-up bonus system. Make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully before signing up.
With its easy-to-use interface and large amount of loose players, Littlewoods Poker is an ideal site for beginners to get to know the game. There are also a couple of unique and interesting features on offer here, with built-in stats features you can use to analyse your game, and an `invite to play` promotion – with Littlewoods actually offering players payment (of up to £20 an hour) to play at certain tables during quieter times.
The downside for more advanced players is the lack of busy high-end games, and that only the Hold`em rooms ever seem to be busy, as most of the newbies tend to stick to this format.
Victor Chandler Poker (or VC Poker) runs on the popular iPoker software, and has recently been updated to include useful features such as hand histories and a mini-table feature, allowing you to play up to eight games at a time. Good promotions can be found on a regular basis, and there is no shortage of traffic.
The slight drawbacks with VC Poker are that a lot of the traffic seems to be centred on low to mid-stakes Hold`em, and existing Victor Chandler customers cannot transfer funds from their sportsbook accounts. But overall, this is an above-average poker site for all skill levels.
Bodog Poker has been around 2004, but Bodog.com was established way earlier in 1995. Its sports book and casino were opened then and the people working there got very good knowledge and experience in the online gambling industry.
When you sign up at Bodog you will get a 110% sign-up bonus, up to 1100$. The Bodog poker bonus is quite easy to obtain and it gives your bankroll a real boost.
Ladbrokes are another major UK sports betting company that have moved into the online poker market within the last ten years. A large amount of investment means the software is good, deposit bonuses (up to $500) are great, and the prizes and promotions on offer are excellent.
A drawback is that since US players are not allowed to play, and as Ladbrokes are still not that well established as a poker company, some tournaments can draw a low amount of players, and higher-end sit and go`s are not overly popular. As a result, this site is best for UK-based beginners.