Some poker rooms operating in grey zones like PokerMaster, which had problems with the local laws. Others like PokerKing Asia and Red Dragon Poker (a Chinese poker room related to PokerStars) kicked out overseas players and restricted countries and affiliates bringing professional players to the tables. Others like partypoker or the GG Network made unpopular choices like the banning of HUDs.
The tightening of screws is undeniable but, in our opinion — it's still possible to make good money playing online poker. Working with almost all poker networks and seeing the big picture — we are sure of it. A year ago all eyes turned to China; now it's time to check alternative poker rooms from other countries which may result even softer than the Asian ones.
Our approach is to investigate emerging markets like India, Italy, Israel, Iran (yeah!), as well as new club platforms which will be discussed in this post. Let's roll!
Main alternatives and new opportunities in online poker
As you may have heard, every crisis is an opportunity The PokerMaster's fall, and the collapse of PokerKing Asia hit the expectations of the players strongly, but the principle of elasticity applies to online poker too. The worse the conditions — the less competition. That's why we suggest paying attention to exotic fields from countries non-flooded with regs.
At the moment, we can offer deals in over 100 poker rooms, and a basic set can be narrowed for those looking for the softest fields to play.
Asia beyond PokerMaster
Asia is still one of the most promising online poker markets. Despite the actions of the Chinese authorities against industry development, there are still plenty of sites to play with wealthy amateurs, including gamblers living in all other Asian countries.
Main Asian poker rooms:
- GG Network is nowadays out of competition from classic rooms with Asian players — our top deal is 50% fixed rakeback at PokerOK. In terms of traffic, the network ranks 4th in the PokerScout list and offers lots of tables in Hold'em, Omaha, Fast Poker, Rush & Cash, and All-in or Fold. New promotions with hundreds of thousands of dollars guaranteed are announced every month.
- Upoker is a new platform where many PPPoker clubs are migrating due to more favorable conditions for managing clubs and players. This site will be booming in a short time.
- About poker apps, there are still amazing sites to join, and we have devoted several articles about the main ones in the past few months:
The poker applications market changes daily. Therefore, it's crucial to contact our team to get up to date information. Another benefit of playing in poker apps is that almost all are HUD-friendly.
India stands apart from the whole Asian region when talking about online poker. Gambling is legal in several states, and several regular rooms operate. Recently we wrote a complete FAQ about Indian poker. The Indian TDS (30% tax on profits) scares most regulars away, and that's why the lineups are incredibly soft at Indian rooms. Currently, we grant access to Spartan Poker and UMA Poker. Regs can reach our team to find out how to save an extra share from the TDS.
While the legalization of online poker in the USA is "turtle" pace, and is mainly focused on creating private reservations, grinders have found other options to play:
- Chico and Winning — trusted networks with good rakeback and HUD-friendly; the traffic is terrific both for NLH and PLO players, including full-ring tables.
- PPPoker — in this mobile application we grant safe access (with full bankroll guarantee) to American clubs with great action in NLH, PLO and OFC from medium to high-stakes;
- Bitcoin poker rooms — the sites working directly with cryptocurrency are preferred by American players. Right now Crypto Poker Club is the best crypto poker room to play, and Nitrogen Sports will host our private freeroll tournament with 200mBTC GTD in prizes.
- Kingsclubpkr — small private room interesting for high-stakes PLO, mixed games, and OFC players. Worldpokerdeals fully guarantees the bankroll and offers a great rakeback deal.
In the Old World, there are also enough weak players and good poker rooms. iPoker is an excellent option with high rakeback and support software is allowed: right now is one of the best alternatives to partypoker. And although HUDs don't work at Microgaming, players can request hand histories with a 24h delay. And also, both poker networks launched Asian focused skins recently, meaning that players from this region can be found at the tables.
For political reasons, the largest reservation in Europe has not joined the shared liquidity with France and Spain. Italian fishes continue to "stew in their own juice." Only our VIP players are welcomed to join Italian rooms.
Another highly-restricted market with many gamblers. You can play against Australian players in some PPPoker clubs.
After the departure of the major poker rooms, the country started to develop a local poker industry. And we have deals in those rooms to play against Israeli amateurs. The largest site is GoldPokerPro, where up to 10 PLO tables and 5 NLH tables gather during peak time from medium to high-stakes.
On top of that, we offer to our VIP players access to a secret Arabic poker room.
Round table from Worldpokerdeals
For over six years we have worked out the "round table" format as a service for poker players to select the best poker rooms to play, considering personal needs: data mining, HUD support, traffic peak time, stakes, and format.
All our managers are added to a group chat, and as a team, we assist players in picking new rooms.
Each manager works with specific poker rooms and gets feedback from players. Therefore, we're able to see the big picture of winrate, features, and issues of every particular room we share with our players.
The round table will help players to:
- Save a lot of time and quickly obtain key information about poker rooms and networks;
- Get the necessary test accounts in one place;
- Receive information about possible risks and our guarantees (where they apply);
- Choose the best option taking into account parameters like BB/100;
- Know about VIP offers and private clubs;
- Get free data mining in major networks;
You can request your round table by writing to Alexey:
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