One of the constants for the most part of the decade has been PokerStars leading the way since 2006 when PartyPoker withdrew from the US market after the UIGEA was introduced.
Full Tilt has since fallen from the list of top 5 online poker sites and focused on online casino games which now includes a Liver Dealer casino. Amaya Gaming acquired The Rational Group, the company which owns both PokerStars and FullTiltPoker, under new ownership the online poker giant hopes gain first position in the regulated poker market in the United States.
888 and bwin.Party were amongst the first to start operating in New Jersey, 888 also provides it's software for the official WSOP poker site which operates in New Jersey and Nevada. 888 also operates the All American Poker Network and provides software for the Delaware Poker Network which features three online poker sites.
The iPoker Network of more than forty online poker sites keeps their current position in 3rd place with only a few hundred players difference between 2nd place poker site 888poker.
Online Poker Sites and Networks Top 5
Traffic for this week shows the average amount of active poker players online over a seven day period according to the recent statistics from PokerScout.
- PokerStars - 20,000 players
- 888poker - 2,400 players
- iPoker Network - 2200 players
- PartyPoker - 1500 players
- Bodog - 1450 players
These are generally the best online poker sites for playing poker online as they have gained popularity with thousands of online poker players over the last few years. See below for more information about the top 5 online poker sites and their networks, it also serves as a great guide to choosing an online poker room in 2014.
Owner/Software provider: Rational Group
Server Location: Isle of Man
Bonus: 100% up to $600
PokerStars rank first for online poker traffic with thousands of players online at any time of the day, on average PokerStars have ten times more traffic than it's 2nd place competitor 888poker.
PokerStars owns their software and there are no other networked poker sites using the software excepting for individually licensed countries such as Spain, Italy, France and other regulated regions.
Owner/Software provider: 888 Holdings
Server Location: Gibraltar
Established: 1997 as Pacific Poker
Bonus: 100% up to $400
888Poker is on a small network of poker sites that operates Worldwide including the regulated US market, Spain, Italy and France. The versatile software is compatible with just about every gaming platform and also offers Sports, Casino and Bingo.
Server Location: Unknown
Software provider: Playtech
Bonus: 200% up to $2,000
Titan Poker have been the flagship online poker site of the iPoker Network sites which include over forty poker rooms sharing the network. The PlayTech software also offers Sports, Casino, Bingo and Live Dealer games.
iPoker Network Sites
- Chili Poker
- Dafa Poker
- Everest Poker
- Paddy Power Poker
- Titan Poker
- William Hill Poker
- Winner Poker
Server location :Gibraltar
Software provider: PartyGaming
Bonus: 100% up to $500
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PartyPoker is no longer a top 3 contender in online poker the company merged with bwin to form a small collection of poker sites on the network. Separate software is also available for regulated markets: France, Spain, Italy and USA state of New Jersey.
Bwin.Party also offers Sports, Casino and Bingo games with their software and is still a popular platform.
Server location: Kahnawake, Canada
Software provider: Bodog Group
Bonus: 100% up to $1,000
The top online poker site for US players has been Bovada and Bodog Poker in Canada. the software features Anonymous Poker tables, Zone Poker and is compatible with mobile devices. Other products include: Sports, Racing and Casino.