How We Rate Poker Sites?

Our online poker site reviews take many considerations into account and when it comes to reviewing each poker site you should be aware of how we rate reviews on the site.

Below we’ve listed the categories for which we have rated our recommended poker sites. It’s important to look at strengths and weaknesses of any poker site you are thinking of playing at.

Some aspects of a site will be better than others, but by looking at certain categories that interest you the most, and looking at how each our poker sites fair against each other, you can find out the best online poker sites for real money poker games.

Cash Games

The awesome thing about playing cash games is that you can play for as little or as long as you want. Lots of players like to play ring/cash games, and it’s important for a poker room to be spreading a wide variety of cash tables and range of stakes to suit players of all levels.

Each online poker site review will list the range of cash game stakes available for all the most commonly played poker variants, and the sites that can provide cash game action across a wider range of games and stakes will be rated more favorably.


When it comes to rating a poker room’s tournaments we look at their tournament schedule to see the different range of tournament formats that can be played, whether it be freezeout, re-buy/add-on, shootout, bounty, turbo, or deep stacked tourneys, just to name a few.

In addition, the number of tournaments and buy-in levels are important considerations. We know it’s important for beginners with limited bankrolls to have lots of smaller buy-in tourneys to play and a poker site’s tournament schedule needs to consider this. And of course, we look at what kind of guaranteed tournaments with very big prize pools are on offer, providing the best value for the players.

Sit & Go’s

The Sit & Go category is rated in much the same way as tournaments. The online poker sites that have the most variety of sit-and-go formats to choose from will get a better rating. We’ll also look at the general traffic levels in the Sit & Go section to get a better feel for how long it takes for most SNG tables to fill up, since that is a big reason why players get attracted to play these types of tournaments in the first place.


When you log in to an online poker site and sit down at a table and find that there isn’t anyone else to play against it’s never a very good feeling. Poker sites need to ensure that they have enough players to spread enough ring game tables for the most popular poker games. In terms of tournaments, there needs to be decent enough traffic to fill up the Sit & Go and Multi-Table Tournaments, if not 24/7 around the clock at least at peak times of the day. The poker sites with better traffic will rate better than those with weaker traffic levels.


In our featured reviews we look at the online poker sites that offer freerolls on a daily/weekly basis as well as the new depositor freerolls, which many poker sites include as part of their promotional efforts designed to attract new depositors.

Welcome Bonus

Without a doubt one of the biggest factors in attracting a new player to the poker room is the deposit bonuses on offer. The bigger the bonus, often the better, but you also have to consider the wagering requirements, and how long you have to clear the bonus. When reviewing a poker site, in addition to considering the poker site’s welcome bonus we’ll also look at the other promotions that players can benefit from.

Software & Graphics

The software, graphics and animation of the online poker room is a deciding factor when it comes to sticking with a site for any length of time. Our reviewers have downloaded and tested every poker site that we’ve listed on our site to determine how the various poker software clients stack up against each other.

Customer Support

When choosing an online poker site to call your home, you have to take into account the support that you might receive. Our reviews will list the full range of available customer support options that players can use and our reviewers actually contact the poker sites to discover what kind of response times can be expected as well as know the usefulness of the support.

Disclaimer doesn’t actually offer any online poker games on this site. We aim to solely rate and review various online poker sites that we think are a good fit for our readers.