Cryptos
  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Dash
  • Monero
  • Zcash
  • Waves
  • Vericoin
  • Tether
  • Storj
  • Steemit
  • Qtum
  • PotCoin
  • Peercoin
  • OmiseGO
  • Omni
  • Nxt
  • Nubits
  • Novacoin
  • Namecoin
  • MonaCoin
  • Komodo
  • Lisk
  • Golem
  • Gnosis
  • GameCredits
  • Factom
  • Ethereum Classic
  • EmerCoin
  • EOS
  • DigixDAO
  • Dogecoin
  • DigiByte
  • Decred
  • Counterparty
  • Clams
  • BitShares
  • BlackCoin
  • Augur
Target Market
  • United States
Currencies
  • USD
Deposit
  • Credit Card, Money Transfer, Bitcoin

America’s Cardroom sits on the Winning Poker Network and has the second highest liquidity in the market behind Bovada/Paiwang.  They offer an incredibly generous rewards program, which is both a strength and a weakness. A strength for the obvious reason that players get massive rakeback on their play;  a weakness because it attracts very strong players who might gobble you up like a little fish. This is amplified by the fact that America’s Cardroom is, first and foremost, a poker room.  Bovada/Ignition are primarily a sportsbetting product, and so they have tons of cross over traffic, particularly on lower stakes.

The 100% bonus up to $1,000 works out to a rakeback percentage of 20%, and expires 40 days from your first deposit.  Speaking of deposits, ACR facilitates deposits in over 60 cryptocurrencies, which is a pretty staggering feature. You need to play in USD, but you can withdraw again in whatever crypto you want – so be aware that you you might gain/lose crypto value while you are playing.  

As a poker-first room, ACR is always pushing the envelope when it comes to their tournaments.  They have a weekly – yes, every week – $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament, meaning that they offer by far the largest prize pools to US poker players.  Their loyalty program is also excellent, with approximately one-third of a player’s rake pushed back in cash to the account.

Cryptos
  • Bitcoin
Target Market
  • United States
Currencies
  • USD
Deposit
  • Credit Card, Debit Card, Money Transfer, Bitcoin

Bovada headlines, with IgnitionCasino, the PaiWangLuo Poker Network which is the largest poker network servicing the non-licensed US poker market.  We put them at number one for a few reasons. First, being the largest means you will find the most action at their tables.  Cash games are full, and they can afford to pony up for massive guaranteed tournaments – there is a $100k guaranteed weekly, $1.5M guaranteed total prize amounts every week, and a few $1M+ every year.  Just as importantly, the player pool benefits from bovada sportsbetting fish which helps to keep the games approachable.

New depositors receive a 100% up to $1,000 welcome bonus, with every deposit made within the first 24 hours counting towards the bonus.  The bonus actually releases pretty quickly – for instance, the first $5 reward vests after earning 15 poker points, or the equivalent of $5 in tournament entry fees.  10,000 points are required to get the entire bonus amount.

Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash (Calvin Ayre was the old owner, so I guess he holds sway) can be used to deposit.  Deposits are made through a Cubits integration. All games are denominated in USD, so you will nee

Cryptos
  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Litecoin
  • Dash
Currencies
  • USD
Deposit
  • Credit Card, Neteller, Skrill, Money Transfer, Bitcoin

Betonline has the third most liquidity among US-accepting poker rooms, on a stand alone poker software shared with sportsbetting poker.  There are two extremely important elements to that sentence. First, as one of the top tier poker rooms in the US, betonline has enough liquidity to satisfy cash players up to high limits.  Second, liquidity is filled with sports bettors and so the play is pretty loose. Betonline poker is a much better home for casual players than americas cardroom, and is probably better than Bovada as well.  

Bitcoin and Ethereum deposits are accepted, and new players get a big sign up bonus of 100% up to $2,500.  The bonus is more easily released for the initial increments and you’ve got four months to clear the thing.  The tournament schedule is alright, but definitely not trying to compete with the other top rooms – while some might see this as a big negative, optimists might say – this attracts less sharks, and limits play to crossover from the massive sportsbetting community.  So, are you a glass half full or half empty type?

SWC (Seals with Clubs)

Big ups to Seals with Clubs for their efforts in bringing a bitcoin-only poker room to the US market.  For awhile there they had some serious action, primarily after the exit of pokerstars and full tilt from the market.  However, with founder Brian “the icon” Micon’s fleeing the Feds to Nicaragua (or somewhere in Latin America) and the rebranding to SWC, liquidity just has not been there.  SWC offers a simple, bitcoin optimized experience – in depositing, withdrawing, and playing – but you might be the only one at the tables if you open an account.

Bitcoin Poker – it’s really just a convenient method for depositing

Bitcoin interacts differently with the poker market than with, for instance, casino.  Casinos can allow bitcoin-denominated play because players are up against the house, there is no requirement for an ample volume of players to facilitate bitcoin bets.  Poker, on the other hand, requires a massive volume of players for action at cash tables. You need that action to attract new players, and so it is very difficult to start a bitcoin poker room from scratch.

Existing US-focused poker operations have found in bitcoin an excellent method of avoiding difficult payment processes needed deal with a very unfavorable regulatory climate.  Bitcoin deposits are then converted into USD at exchanges, allowing bitcoiners to play with massive, USD-based liquidity pools. Incentives are provided to existing player bases to use bitcoin – quicker withdrawal processing and lower fees – and the bitcoin holding poker playing niche are able to play at some of the most highly trafficked poker rooms online.  Everybody is a winner!