U.S. Friendly Online Poker Rooms

You might be wondering “why a page for U.S. friendly online poker rooms?” Well, sadly it’s because of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which was passed by the United States congress and signed into law by President Bush in October 2006. This law made it illegal for financial institution to transfer funds to internet gambling sites. Some online poker sites instantly stopped accepting American players, while others continued to accept them. Party Poker, the largest online poker room at the time, closed its doors to an estimated 80% of their players.

We should point out that the UIGEA doesn’t make online poker illegal for U.S. citizens. At the time of this writing there has never been a case where someone in the United States has been arrested or told to stop online gambling because of this act. There’s no doubt that these implementations certainly hurt the online poker industry, but there are still a number of sites that are doing well, particularly because they decided to stick it out with American players.

Online Poker Rooms that Accept Players from the United States

The following online poker rooms accept players from the United States. Here’s a brief summary of these online poker rooms, but for more information please read the full room reviews:

Update: On 15th April 2022 the leading online poker sites (PokerStars and Full Tilt) closed their doors to American players.

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Cake Poker Cake Network

Yes it’s a strange name for a poker room, but don’t let it put you off. Cake Poker is fast becoming one of the best places to play online poker.

Windows CompatibleNot Mac CompatibleNot Linux CompatibleAccepts US Players

Cool software & features
Lots of soft competition

It’s also worth pointing out that all of these U.S. friendly online poker rooms offer rakeback, provided you sign up via our special links from within each review.