US Poker Sites
There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting one of the US poker sites for online play. Choosing one site can be quite difficult, and some people even try out multiple sites so that they know that they're getting the best one; this can be quite costly and time-consuming, however, and you risk missing out on some of the better bonuses if you're just making a small deposit to try out a site.
The first thing that you should consider when shopping for a top poker site is whether the site you're looking at accepts US players. A great many sites do, such as Full Tilt Poker, Bodog Poker, Lock Poker, Carbon Poker, and Absolute/ Ultimate Bet Poker. However, some of the world's top poker sites don't accept US players because of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which puts restrictions on the way that banks process money related to gambling. Some sites, like Party Poker and 888 Poker, are not open to US players and have been banned from accepting them. Not to worry, though-- there are plenty of US poker sites available.
Secondly, you should make sure that your operating system is supported by the site that you're considering. If you're using a moderately recent version of Windows (XP or later), you'll have no problems, as you will meet the system requirements for all of the top poker sites. If you're running a Mac or Linux machine, you will need to be more selective about which site you use, as some US poker sites are not compatible with non-Windows systems at all, while others only allow you to connect in your browser but do not have software you can download that is compatible with your computer. While it is possible to play almost all games in a browser window if one is offered, this can slow the speed of your machine and is likely to be buggier than if you had a client that was downloaded, one that was specially designed to work flawlessly on your machine while using minimal resources.
Now that you've determined if it's possible for you to play on the US poker sites that you're exploring, you need to decide if this is one where you want to play. You should start considering things like the kind of poker you want to play. While all the top poker sites offer Texas Hold'em, and almost all US poker sites have a steady number of Hold'em players at any time of day, if you're looking for a different kind of poker, you will have to check with the individual sites to see what they offer, and you may want to check some reviews and determine whether the rooms of your particular brand of poker have a decent number of players. Just because the room is there doesn't mean that there will always be players available, and if there aren't many, you may face an uncomfortable wait while you try to find a room.
There are many factors to consider when trying to choose one of the US poker sites for your games, but the right site is out there... it will just take a little searching to find it.
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