Top UK Poker Sites
Poker players based in the UK have a huge variety of online poker sites to take their pick from, thanks in part to the UK’s relatively relaxed gambling legislation. The online poker world is a competitive market, with sites constantly updating their software and offering more attractive bonuses for joining players. Finding the right poker site to start playing on can be an overwhelming endeavour, but to make things simpler we’ve compiled a list of the top ten poker sites available to UK players:
888 Poker is the flagship site of the world’s largest online casino, 888.com which is part of the Pacific Poker Network. Based in Gibraltar, it is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and has over 5 million registered members worldwide since its official launch in 1997.
PokerStars was launched in 2001, and rose to become to the most popular and widely used online poker site worldwide. It sets the standards for other online poker sites and works independently, not as part of any network.
Bet365 has been providing an online poker platform since 2001 and the company is one of the biggest within the gambling industry, with over seven million customers.
Ladbrokes Poker belongs to one of the world’s largest sports betting operations which initially launched in 1886, lending it over 100 years of experience in the gambling world. Its poker site launched in 2000 and since then has been confidently providing reliable banking, fast tables and attractive bonuses for its players.
The UK’s largest land-based bookmaker William Hill, founded in 1935, launched its online casino back in 2000 and has enjoyed considerable success since. Offers a good selection of card games and attractive bonuses for new and existing players.
Providing online poker services since 1997, Partypoker was the largest online poker room in the world from 2003-2006 and still remains to be one of the biggest poker rooms in the world today, with its substantial volume of players, attractive promotions and variety of tournaments. They aim ‘to be a leading digital entertainment company that anticipates market demands and delights our consumers by offering smart, safe and fun real money games’.
Part of the British Sky Broadcasting Group, which also controls Sky Television, Sky Poker was launched in 2007 as part of a comprehensive online gambling range. Can confidently claim to be one of the UK’s leading online poker rooms thanks to its widespread brand recognition, accessible software features and cash incentives.
Launched in 2004, Full Tilt enjoyed enormous popularity amongst online poker players until the site came crashing down in 2011 as a result of the infamous Black Friday. The company was unable to pay back players who had lost funds though the site, and consequently lost many fans. However, former online poker rivals, PokerStars, stepped in to purchase Full Tilt and paid back all its out-of-pocket players, allowing the site to flourish again. It has grown from strength to strength since then and is now one of the most popular poker sites on the web.
Formed in 1997, Unibet is one of the largest online gambling operators in the European market with over 10 million customers worldwide and a customer base which spans over 100 countries. A well respected casino site and sports book, Unibet is mainly targeted at a European target market and attracts a great deal of recreational players to the site.
Launched in 2006, PKR Poker claims to be the world’s most advanced, friendly and exciting poker room, mainly due to its innovative 3D game action, providing players with an experience more akin to a video game than an online poker website. PKR boasts an online forum for players to chat and compare poker tips, as well as an online Hall of Fame for successful players to be commended.
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