Online poker is in a constant state of flux, old sites are closing or merging with other rooms, mid-sized sites are growing and hitting the top lists and new sites are being created to fill the gaps. Many new sites are simply ‘Skins’ or new members of an existing network which use the same software and largely the same promotions. If you are lucky, you can get the timing just right and find a new poker site in its initial marketing push – often offering extra incentives to attract players that the savvy poker fan can take advantage of.
This article lists some of the newest poker sites, and gives you information on their network and any bonus offers available to new players. First you will find a listing of the newest offshore and worldwide poker sites. After that I have covered some of the very new poker sites in the newly regulated States of New Jersey and Nevada. Finally I have laid out some of the pros and cons of playing at the newest poker sites, compared to the older and better established brand names.
BetOnline Poker: This site can be counted as reasonably new, having been around for a few years. It is only recently that BetOnline and the Chico Network on which it runs started seeing their trickle of players turn into a more steady stream – especially at peak times. With soft games and an instant cash bonus of 25% of your deposits , BetOnline are definitely one for the shortlist.
SportsBetting Poker: This site recently relaunched as a Chico Network skin and is offering up to $900 in initial bonus cash plus a lifetime 25% bonus on all of your deposits (15% for credit cards). Depositing at this site is proving very easy for US players, who are able to use credit cards in the majority of cases. The software client is clean and simple, and the number of players is growing – albeit from a low base.
FullFlush Poker: Moving on to the Equity Poker network and FullFlush poker, who are a brand new entrant to the US poker scene in 2014. At this point in time, traffic is mainly at the micro and lower stakes tables, and there are already some ‘overlays’ in tournaments – where the buy-ins do not equal the guaranteed prize pool. New players can grab a 150% bonus at the moment on this network up to $600 max, 10% of deposits of $50+ will be credited immediately – giving you some extra cash to hit the tables with.
Offshore sites are not the only new kids on the block, with several names, new and old appearing in the newly regulated States of New Jersey and Nevada. It is still a little early to know who will be the big success stories in each of the States – and more rooms might yet launch. If you are a resident of either NJ or NV then you can enjoy these new poker sites.
Nevada: WSOP.com Poker are the single biggest site, with Ultimate Poker seeing lower player numbers – don’t rule out the cool software and big marketing clout of 888 Poker, who have collaborated with the famous Wynn brand.
New Jersey: With more than 8 million residents, NJ attracted a lot more poker sites who are aiming to win the race for market share. This makes it a great time for players to jump on board and enjoy the promotional offers while the big brands compete. New poker sites in New Jersey include Party Poker (in collaboration with the Borgata brand), WSOP Poker, 888 Poker and Ultimate Poker. Betfair have also joined the fray, though have yet to build any meaningful traction.
There are never any guarantees in online poker, but the closest you get to one is generally believed to be by sticking to the established brands that have been around for many years. The reasoning goes that that history of trust is not something that the established sites would want to give up lightly. This is true up to a point, however both Full Tilt and Ultimate Bet had solid track records before they imploded – making this argument a little less persuasive.
As long as you manage your risk sensibly – for example by only keeping a portion of your bankroll online – then you can feel reasonably safe playing at these new poker sites. The advantage of bigger and better bonuses compared to the established operators plus recreational players checking out the games make a little uncertainty seem a good bet.