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Still the best online poker site out there. You will find the most variety of games here and the most players. You can get whatever type of game you want pretty much any time you want. The biggest tournaments, the most pros playing, PokerStars remains the leader in online poker. PLUS you know they are trustworthy. Your money is safe with PokerStars as they have proven by paying off US players after Black Friday and also by acquiring the ponzi scheme that was Full Tilt Poker. Not only that, Stars has positioned themselves to lead the back in the US once internet poker is available again.
Since Black Friday Carbon Poker has stayed in the mix as one of the better online poker sites. Although they are relatively new in the world of online poker, they get decent player traffic and have not had any problems that we know of as far as taking care of player deposits and cash outs. You will not find as many games as on PS, but Carbon Poker should be a site that will stay on the rise in 2013 and beyond.
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Party Poker is one of the online originators and part of the old guard that has been around since before the online poker boom of 2003. Since they decided to exclude US players in 2007, they avoided the DOJ issues that the other sites experienced with Black Friday. Party Poker is still one of the biggest and the best sites operating in the rest of the world, outside the US. Trust them with your money, they have never had problems and you will find many different games with a lot of players playing them here. This site is a standard that has been around and will stay around.
Full Tilt Poker is up and running again after being purchased by PokerStars. The aspects that made FTP attractive are still there; cool software, excellent tracking features, wide variety of tournaments and cash games. This site does of course, not see the traffic that it used to since Howard Lederer Ray Bitar, Chris Ferguson, etc did their number on it, but as of 2013 it is owned by Poker Stars, thereby making it trustworthy again, at least in my opinion. The fact that the above mentioned crooks have nothing to do with it anymore and it is once again seeing great tournament traffic in the world outside the States, means that FTP will once again be a player in the online poker world.
Relatively new to the online poker game, Sports Book is an excellent site. The software is top notch and the games are more than adequate for what most players want to find on a poker site. The money withdrawal system is also one of the best, (obviously if you are outside the US since they have not accepted US players since 2011) and that in my opinion is a pretty important aspect for an online poker site. I like this site and I look for them to become a major player in the US in the coming years.
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Lock Poker is a site that I look to start taking over in 2013 and beyond. They have basically started their own network called Revolution Gaming when they left the Merge network to take over Cake Poker Network. Since Black Friday this is one company that is moving ahead and making great strides. There are big names in the poker pro community playing here and they really seem interested in making the site better. I like this site and I look for big things from this site in the future. Great sign up and deposit bonuses too.
Bet Online is a sports book site that has gotten into online poker in order to give players more options as far as online gaming goes. You will not find a ton of player traffic on this site yet, but you will find a lot of inexperienced players here that you can take money from. This site is not yet great as far as there poker room, but it is decent and getting better.
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Maybe I just like the name, but Juicy Stakes is turning out to be a pretty cool poker site. They have accepted US players since Black Friday (which I do not endorse, simply because I do not trust that you will always be paid your cash outs until the US government sorts out the mess they made of online poker) but despite that, they have not logged any known problems with payouts. They offer a great first deposit bonus of up to $1000 which is high, and they seem to be generating a decent amount of tournament traffic.
Basically Bodog re-branded after 2011, this site is getting traffic and it is being run by people who are very experienced in the online poker industry. I liked Bodog in the past and although they were a casualty of Black Friday, this site has taken over where Bodog left off and is making good strides in traffic. Again, nice sign up bonus and a site that should be a player in the market in years to come.
Similar to Bovada (the new Bodog) 888 was a casualty of Black Friday as well and it has recently re-launched and is making a push to become relevant again. Not great deposit bonuses like Juicy Stakes or Bovada, but nevertheless, a nice site that is worth checking out as an option to other online poker sites.