As you browse through our site, hopefully you find information about playing at an online poker room that's useful for your purposes. Whether you're completely new to online poker and just getting started with the process of finding a room or you're a very experienced player wondering what other options you might have, we believe you'll benefit from our objective top lists, reviews and other articles. But, you may wonder, who are the people behind this content?
Who We Are
The group of people who write for and operate this site are primarily online poker players who saw a lack of quality information regarding the various aspects of online poker, this includes the poker laws for USA players. Some of us play a lot, some of us only a little (and for small stakes), but all of us believe that playing online poker is made to be a far more complicated process than necessary.
Driven by that belief, we set out to create a guide to online poker that would be concise, accurate, easy-to-read and objective. The result is this site. We think we've met those goals, but that assessment is ultimately for readers such as yourself to make. Below you will find more information about the editors on this site. If you have a question, our frequently asked questions and answers page should help you. Otherwise, you are free to contact us by using the email address listed below.
Below you can find more information about the people who collect and present the content on our site. Feel free to directly contact any or to use our general contact if you have questions about any of the pages on our site.
Sarah Laverty: A long-time poker fan and writer who transitioned from bingo after realizing just how much more fun poker really is. Sarah's focus is primarily on the software aspects of online poker sites, including stability, operating system compatibility and mobile versions. With a background in user interface design, it's little wonder that Sarah has a good deal to say about the software products poker rooms provide to players.
Steve Larson: Steve came to his interest in poker later in life than some; a freelance writer who primarily covers the financial industry, Steve was drawn to online poker by the striking similarities shared between the markets and the games played at poker sites. Steve heads up content areas related to banking, security and currency as they relate to playing poker online.
Pete Kaminski: Pete has a lengthy resume in the online poker industry, having penned or overseen content on dozens and dozens of sites. He brings that experience to our site via his position as general editor - so if you've got a question, he's likely the person to answer it. Pete focuses on room reviews, poker laws, VIP program breakdowns and the other nuances of online poker sites that are of critical importance to serious players.
You can use the following email address to contact us.
Online poker is a complicated legal subject. The laws of one jurisdiction can be markedly different from even those of a directly bordering jurisdiction. Some countries treat poker as gambling, while others view it as a distinct game for legal purposes. Further, some regions make running an online poker room illegal but do not criminalize the act of playing online poker. Due to that complexity, it is beyond our ability to anticipate the legal implications of playing online poker for all of our visitors. We strongly encourage users of our site to verify the legality of online poker with regards to their local law.
This site is purely informational in nature and does not directly offer gambling or solicit gambling. If online poker is illegal in your country, state or region, your use of this site is strictly restricted to entertainment purposes. If you have questions about the legality of any activity, you should always first seek qualified legal advice and never rely solely on the use of commercial websites.
How We Rate Online Poker Rooms
Our ratings of online poker rooms are based on a number of independent aspects of each poker site. We also appreciate that not all factors matter equally to all players - a Mac compatible USA poker room is obviously very important to someone who owns a Mac, but obviously is more or less irrelevant to someone running Windows. Another area we strive to help players in is which poker sites accept players from certain states, and the online poker laws in each state. While some players can play online poker in New Jersey, others can't. Check out state poker law pages for more information on the current laws within your state. Therefore, our general approach is to give you as many relevant facts about the room as possible so that you have the tools to evaluate how good of a fit a room is likely to be for you.
We also assign specific grades to rooms on factors like banking and game selection so that players can immediately get a basic sense of how one room stacks up against the overall competition. What we don't do is pad our reviews with useless and outdated information.
We base our reviews on a variety of information, including direct experience playing at the room, industry statistics, aggregate play data and surveys of other online poker players. Our ratings are therefore very dynamic, and change on a regular basis as new information about the rooms impacts their rating (for better or for worse).