Poker sites like PartyPoker, Bwin and 888Poker have adapted a social approach to the game while US poker site Bovada have anonymous poker tables only.
The new PartyPoker software has features similar to Zyngapoker where players can unlock achievements and earn rewards while they play poker online.
888Poker were one of the first poker sites to go social with webcam poker tables, private poker tournaments and a social poker site my.888poker.
Bovada is currently the most popular USA poker site, all poker tables are anonymous with players represented by a seat number instead of a screen name.
Anonymous Poker vs Social Poker
Online poker is changing as it's not just regular NL Holdem cash games, SNG and tournaments anymore, players now have a wide range of poker games to choose from.
Fast fold poker has become a fairly popular game and is available on just about every poker site under a different name like: Speed Poker, Zone Poker, Rush Poker, Fastforward Poker and Zoom Poker.
Mobile poker technology has also come along way with apps available on several platforms including: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android mobiles and tablets. Players can download free poker apps from their favorite poker site and have access to online poker 24/7.
No more screen names just a seat number at Bodog and Bovada Poker.
Anonymous poker tables offer players some advantages, players won't become victims to sharks who hunt for players using poker tools, Bovada Poker also prohibits the use of any online poker tools.
Bodog Poker also offer anonymous poker tables only, however the site is currently limited to Canadian poker players.
TitanPoker have anonymous poker tables in addition to regular poker tables giving players the option to choose the game they prefer, Titan Poker accepts players from around the world excluding the USA.
Online poker also offers players the choice of social poker where players can interact with other players and make new friends online.
888Poker introduced pokercam tables and brought a friendly live poker experience to online poker with players using their web cams video and sound at the poker table. Players can also create private poker games and invite their friends to play customizable cash games and tournaments.
PartyPoker recently released their latest software update which includes a social network where players can add friends, post status updates and share their poker achievements. Players can also complete goals to unlock achievements for extra rewards similar to the Worlds largest free money poker site, Zynga Poker.