If you don’t already know, due to United States legislation, some poker sites will not allow US players to play on their site. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (or UIGEA) prohibits the transfer of funds from a financial institution to Internet gambling sites, specifically excluding fantasy sports, online lotteries, and horse/harness racing. As you can see this was a Republican self interest bill introduced by the George W. Bush Administration.
Instead of bringing in regulation to the online poker industry and generating jobs and tax revenue for the U.S when badly needed, he tried to make it harder for people to play online poker. This was surely brought about by republican lobbyists who have interests in land based casinos and U.S horse racing.
This does not mean that it is illegal to play poker in the United States but a legal grey area exists when trying to deposit and withdraw funds to Poker Sites. Poker sites which do not have a sportsbook associated with it continued to trade in the US. There are also many financial institutions which will allow deposits onto the poker sites. And when you withdraw, you can receive a cheque issued by a separate subsidiary company of the Poker Rooms, therefore your local bank will have no problems in cashing your cheque.
Below are the top 5 online poker rooms with the best rakeback offers that allow huay US players.
Minted Poker rakeback offers 40% to players. This is part of the Everleaf Gaming network. While traffic is relatively small compared to other networks, you can find some real juicy cash games up to 200nl.
Carbon Poker rakeback offers 35% to players. This part of the ever growing Merge network. This network has recently added Sportsbook.com which means a lot of crossover traffic from the sports betting site, who lets face it wouldn’t be the best poker players in the world!
Doyles Room rakeback offers 33% to players. This poker room is part of the Cake Network. It uses dealt rakeback method to calculate the amount of rakeback, therefore implying that you do not have to be involved in a hand to generate rake. Even iif you are a tight player you will receive as much rake as a loose maniac!
UB.com rakeback offers 30% to players. This site is part of the Cereus Network which also hosts Absolute Poker. They have decent traffic numbers for cash games and tournaments and the software is very reliable for multi tabling.
Full Tilt Poker rakeback offers 27% to players. This is the second biggest poker room and has its own network. Full Tilt Poker have recently changed from the dealt rakeback method to the contributed rakeback method. This means you only generate rake if you are involved in a hand. Full Tilt look like they are trying to increase their huge profit margins even more by offering less rakeback to their loyal regular players. I suppose you could argue that since the introduction of Rush Poker you can still generate lots of rake in a smaller amount of time.
So as you can see from the above list there are still plenty of rakeback options ranging from 27% to 40% for U.S players. As you probably well know, it’s hard enough to make money from online poker, so what not sign up for a rakeback deal and increase your win rate instantaneously.