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Online Poker Sites

Online Poker Sites are the driving force behind the poker world. They have fuelled the growth of the game of poker exponentially with the knock on effect that live poker has seen a massive boost from the influx of new players generated by online pokersites.

The online poker market is worth $4 billion per annum and because of this there are many hundreds of companies who operate in the market. Obviously with this many poker sites it can be a minefield trying to sort through the genuine companies who are trustworthy and well respected in the industry. There are also varying levels of service and quality of software provided by each poker site.

We have been involved in the industry since 2005 and have seen many companies come and go, some just simply don't have the budget to compete with the big players in the industry and others just couldn't earn a trustworthy reputation in the community.

Best Poker Sites

Since 2005 we have been researching, testing and writing about all these operators and those years of knowledge have put us in a great position to advise which are the best poker sites you should be placing your trust (and money) with and which can provide the best user experience.

All of the sites featured on downloadpoker.org are:

  • Trustworthy, safe, secure and offer integral poker games
  • Good level of players on the site, meaning there are always plenty of games to choose from
  • Secure cashier system, with fast deposits and cash outs
  • Quality poker software providing a great user experience

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that choosing the best poker site to play at is a big decision and sometimes confusing so we have prepared a list of frequently asked questions below to help answer some of the questions you may have.

Are the Poker Sites safe and secure?

With so many operators in the industry, there are bound to be some unscrupulous companies. However there are also a lot of multi billion dollar companies in the industry that are listed on the public stock exchanges and are extremely trustworthy. All the poker sites that are featured on downloadpoker.org have a proven track record in the industry including safe banking processes and a history of good customer support.

Is it free to play online poker?

There is no fee charged by the poker operator to sign up and open a player account with them and it does not cost you anything to sit down at a poker table. All operators allow you to play at the "play money" tables which is free of charge, and you do not need to deposit to play at these tables. To play at the real money tables you will need to make a deposit (which is also free) to give you a bankroll to take to the tables with you and wager with. You play against other players not the poker operator. On each hand played the poker operator will deduct a small fee usually only a few percent from the pot before it is awarded to the winner. This is how poker operators make money. Everything else is free of charge for the player.

How do I register and open a player account?

Again this is usually a pretty straight forward process requiring you to complete a form submitted your email address and postal address details. The exact process can vary from operator to operator. Full details and screenshots are provided for all poker sites featured on DownloadPoker.org on our download page for that operator, which will allow you to download the software and walk you through step by step installing the software and setting up a new player account.

How do I deposit so I can play for real money?

It is usually very straight forward to make a deposit into your account. Just look for the cashier area of the online poker software where you will be presented with various payment methods which you can use to make a deposit into your account ranking from bank transfers, credit cards and online payment wallets such as Paypal and Neteller. Once you have selected your chosen method full instructions will be provided to walk you through the transaction which should take no more than a few minutes to complete.

How do I get my Sign Up Bonus?

All operators offer a sign up bonus as an incentive to attract new players. The size of the sign up bonus can vary widely between operators so choosing wisely is important. There will also be a process that you need to go through before being awarded the bonus which again can vary widely between operators. You should check out the Bonus Guide that we publish for each of the poker operators featured on DownloadPoker.org which contains all the information and guidance you require. Just scroll back up to your chosen operators section and select our Bonus Guide for that Poker Room.