If You Still Wanna Play Online Poker From the US…

by Lou on April 30, 2011

Although Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars have left the US following legal actions filed against them by the US Department of Justice, some sites are still doing business with US-based players. These sites include some rooms located on the Merge Network, the Cake Network, the Atlantis Network, and a few others.

This is a list of some of the rooms still accepting US players.

Merge Network: Carbon Poker, Lock Poker, Felt Stars

Cake Network: Cake Poker, Bet US,

Atlantis Network: Wildside Poker, Texas Hold’em Saloon

Others: Doyle’s Room (Yatahey Network), Poker View (Everleaf), El Dorado Palace (Connective Games), Bodog (Independent)

As of this writing, Merge is currently the largest with a seven-day average of 1,540 players, followed by Bodog’s 890, Cake Poker’s 730, Everleaf’s 430, and Yatahey, with 220.  By comparison, PokerStars seven-day average—even after the exclusion of US players—is 22,200, so the sites still accepting US players are small fry compared to the way things were in the good old days, prior to Black Friday’s April 15 shutdown of PokerStars, Full Tilt and AP/UB in the US.

These statistics come from pokerscout.com, an independent source that tracks online poker metrics.  I have yet to play a hand of poker on any of these sites, and before you make a deposit and jump into a game, please do your due diligence and check them out to your own satisfaction through discussions with other players in poker forums, or read the room reviews on Poker Scout.

As to whether these rooms will find their way into the DOJ’s sniper scope, who knows. They are small potatoes compared to the Big Three, and are currently flying under the radar. But if one or more of these rooms begins to grow, there’s no reason to assume that the DOJ would not strike in a manner comparable to what they’ve already shown themselves capable of doing.

So whatever you do, be careful.  You’ve been forewarned.

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