I’m constantly searching for the poker sites that offer the best games so I thought I’d share my findings with you.
Having fish at any table you play at is the easiest way to achieve a high win-rate. Most players know about the importance of table selecting, but what they seem to forget is that there are more tables than just the ones on Pokerstars. It’s a matter of fact that the games on Stars are harder than anywhere else so if you want to find good games you simply have to look on different sites.
Here is a selection of poker rooms that offer much easier games than Pokerstars:
Betfair is one of the largest sports betting and online casino sites in the world. It’s part of the iPoker network that features some incredibly soft games at the lowest limits.
Once you rake €50 in a month at Befair you get a flat rakeback of 25%. That’s already better than SilverStar on Pokerstars. Once you rake €500 in a month you’ll get a flat rakeback of 40% which is 10% more than SuperNova on Stars.
Betfair also offers a Welcome Bonus of 100% up to €1500 (+ €10 in Tournament Tokens). The software at iPoker is not great but since the new client launched it looks a lot better. It takes some time to transition from Pokerstars but after a week or so you should be used to it.
TonyBet Poker is a relatively new site that was established in 2013. It is not part of a poker network so the player pool is pretty small so far. It appears that the site is growing in popularity though due to its incredible rakeback system and the fact that they offer Open Faced Chinese Poker and the option to put a straddle which should create some pretty good action!
The rakeback system at TonyBet Poker is unlike that of any other poker room. All players receive a flat 25% as base rakeback. Here is where things get interesting though.
If you win or lose no more than €100 in a single day, you receive an additional 25% rakeback for a total of 50%. And if you lose more than €100 in a day you receive an additional 55% for a total rakeback of 80%!
Here is a summary of the rake based on your results in a day:
- Losing more than €100 -> 80%
- -€100 to +€100 -> 55%
- Winning more than €100 -> 25%
In addition to the great rakeback, TonyBet Poker offers a Welcome Bonus of 100% up to €2000 (+ €10 in Tournament Tokens). They also seem to offer a reload bonus of 100% up to €1000. I’m not sure if you can reload only once or unlimited times though.
When you sign up at TonyBet Poker be sure to use the code “STARTER” to receive your welcome bonus.
888 Poker is the second biggest poker room behind Pokerstars. They offer high traffic and games that are incredibly soft.
One reason for this is the fact that any player can only play a maximum of 6 cash game tables at the same time. For one thing that simply stops all of the mass-multitabling pros from playing at the site. It has another effect on the games though: because any player can only be found on 6 tables the ratio of regulars to recreational players is excellent.
888 offer a welcome bonus of $88 without depositing any money. That is kind of a gimmick though. You only get $2 in cash and $6 in tournament tokens and you have to clear the rest by earning status points. Still it’s better than nothing, especially when you consider that they offer a Welcome Bonus of 100% up to $400 on top of the free $88.