Texas Hold'em Poker Rooms
There are absolutely loads of Texas Hold'em poker rooms out there. Some bad, some good, and some immense.
Below is a shortlist of the ones I think are the best for Texas Hold'em players in 2013.
Top Texas Hold'em rooms.
Which Texas Hold'em poker room is the best?
I'll go ahead and say that you can't go wrong with any of the rooms above, so go for the one that you like the look of the most. However, if you want my honest thoughts to help you if you're really unsure, I would recommend Bet365 Poker, or if you're a US player -- Bovada.
Why? Because the competition at these rooms is soft, which means it's easy to win money. That's what smart poker room selection is all about.
US friendly Texas Holdem poker rooms 2013.
Not all of the Texas Holdem poker rooms in the table accept US players (due to the UIGEA), so if you're from the US you're choices are a little more limited than if you're from the UK or Canada for example.
Don't worry, it is legal to play online poker for real money in the US. It's just that some rooms find it easier to work with US players and make transactions than others.
To make it easy to find the perfect room, I have placed a little icon next to US friendly rooms to make them easy to spot. Alternatively, have a browse over the US friendly poker rooms page for more information.
Useful poker site toplists.
|Best Deposit Bonuses||General||The biggest bonuses with the quickest clearing rates.|
|Easiest Deposit Bonuses||General||Easiest bonuses with bonus; rate, time and increment info.|
|Safest Poker Rooms||General||The most reliable, secure and trustworthy poker sites.|
|Softest Poker Sites||General||Rooms with the highest density of bad players (fish).|
|Small Stakes Online Poker||General||Where to find the best small/micro stakes poker games.|
|Best US Friendly Sites||Country||Poker sites that accept US players.|
|Top UK Poker Room||Country||The current top poker room for UK players.|
|SNG Poker Rooms||Games||Best poker sites for SNG tournaments (STTs).|
|Best Cash Game Sites||Games||Rankings of the best poker sites for cash/ring games.|
|Mac Friendly Poker Rooms||Compatibility||Poker sites with Mac-compatible clients and software.|
|No-Download Sites||Compatibility||Sites that allow you to play online poker in your browser.|
|Java Poker Sites||Compatibility||Browser-based poker rooms that run using Java.|
|Windows 7 Poker||Compatibility||Rooms that work the best with the Windows 7 OS.|
|Ubuntu Poker||Compatibility||Where to play online poker on the Linux Ubuntu distro.|
|Poker Tracker Compatible||Compatibility||Sites that are compatible with the Poker Tracker 3 software.|
|Paypal Poker||Banking||Poker rooms that accept Paypal as a deposit method.|
|GBP Poker Sites||Currency||Poker rooms that allow you to deposit and play in pounds.|
|Poker Room Traffic||Other||Ranking of poker sites based on total player traffic.|
|Poker Networks||Other||Information on poker networks and their skins.|
Texas Hold'em poker rooms FAQs.
Is it safe to play for real money at these rooms?
Yes. I have played at all of the poker rooms listed on this site and they are some of the most popular rooms around for playing real money Texas Hold'em.
If I felt that any of the rooms above were unsafe to play at in any way, I would not be recommending them on this site.
Is it legal to play real money poker online?
Yes, it's legal, even if you're from the US. I am not a lawyer, but from my knowledge of online poker I will say that online poker is legal for many of the larger countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, UK and many other major European countries.
If online poker is not legal in your country, the online poker rooms will not accept your registration.
What is a network?
Some poker rooms are part of a large network with other rooms. Rooms on the same network share the same software and players, but are simply run by different companies. This is fairly common.
It is beneficial for some poker rooms to become part of a network so that they can share players and keep tables busy throughout the day. Independent rooms on the other hand such as Full Tilt and PokerStars do not share software with any other rooms as they have enough players for themselves.
See the poker networks page for further information.
Why are only some rooms Mac compatible?
Not all poker rooms offer Mac compatible software, as Mac computers are unable to run and install the .exe poker room files.
However, you can still play Texas Hold'em online for real money just as easily at the Mac friendly rooms. These rooms tend to offer no-download versions of the poker client which will run safely within your browser without you having to download or install anything.
Can you win money from playing Texas Hold'em online?
Yes you can. In fact, some players are so good that they actually make a living from playing online poker. Even if you don't make it that far, there is nothing stopping you from winning a nice amount of money from the tables on a regular basis.
You have to get good at poker first though to be able to win money, which is why I recommend you check out the Texas Hold'em strategy section.
Poker room sign up codes.
You will noticed that many poker rooms offer "codes" that can be entered when creating your account. For example, there is a PokerStars marketing code, a Party Poker bonus code and a referral code that can be used when signing up for Full Tilt rakeback.
Not all poker rooms require you to enter a code when creating your account, but for the rooms that do I have listed them on their individual poker room review pages.
What are the poker rooms codes used for?
These sign up codes are often used to help ensure that you a tracked as a rakeback player (if you are signing up to a rakeback poker room) or that you receive the new player bonus when making your first deposit.
These bonus/referral/marketing codes do not always need to be entered, but if I've listed one on this site for a particular poker room, it's in your best interest to use them so that you do not miss out on any rakeback or bonuses.
Ask me about Texas Hold'em poker rooms.
I like to think that I cover all the most important information about the most popular and best rooms for Texas Hold'em. However, if you have any specific questions about playing Texas Hold'em online, please ask.
My name is Greg and my email address is greg[at]thepokerbank[dot]com.
I'm always more than happy to help, regardless of whether you are a seasoned veteran or completely new to playing Texas Hold'em online!