Reputable Poker Sites & Reputable Poker Rooms
The poker rooms listed on this page are the most reputable sites on the web. They have all demonstrated over a period of several years that they play a fair game of poker, offer a genuine deposit bonus for players who wish to play for real money, and can be trusted to pay you any money that you win quickly and in full. They all allow you to download their software for free, and to play "playpoker" with play money for as long as you like. Their software doesn't include spyware or malware, they won't disclose your email or personal details to any third parties and they don't use "poker robots" or "shill players" employed by the poker room. In short you can join any of these reputable poker sites and concentrate on playing poker against real people from all across the world for free without having to worry about all of the other issues that blight the industry.
If you choose to join a poker room that isn't on this reputable sites list, do consult the Online Gambling Survival Guide before you download any software onto your computer or give your email / bank account details to a gambling web site. If you want to take advantage of the deposit bonus offers but would rather play for play money at first, that's fine - as long as you follow one of the links from this site you will automatically be eligible for the deposit bonus listed whenever you do choose to make a real money deposit. If you aren't interested in playing for real money, then of course that's fine too - no reputable poker room will ever ask you to pay just to play. So read what the various sites have to offer and just follow the instructions to download the software. You can join the online poker community within minutes - just make sure you're joining a reputable site, and good luck at the tables!
Party Poker - The world's biggest poker room (though by some estimations they have recently been overtaken by pokerstars), and the obvious place to start if you haven't played before. For a full review of the poker room, take a look at the party poker room guide.
Ladbrokes- three different types of poker room! Choose from the super-realistic 3D version, the "classic" version" or an "instant" version which doesn't require you to download any software to play, as the games work in any Java enabled browser. If you're a Mac or Linux user, or you just don't want to clutter your computer with extra programs, this might be a good choice for you. Backed by one of the UK's most reputable companies - read the Ladbrokes poker room guide here.
An excellent choice for UK / European players, as you can deposit and cash out to your debit card. Also a great choice if you are looking for a Sportsbook, Casino and Poker Room all in one site. Another site backed by a reputable UK company.
DETAILS of Bet365 Poker's site and bonus offer
Well behind the industry leaders in terms of software, and not the most generous deposit offer when compared to the likes of UltimateBet, but they qualify for a recommendation for one simple reason : they attract far and away the worst poker players on the net!
DETAILS of Pacific Poker's site and bonus offer