Legalized online poker and igaming as a whole is huge in the UK market. Online poker, casino games and sports betting is all legal and highly regulated in the UK making it a safe and legal and therefore popular option for people wanting to hit the online tables.

All the main online poker operators offer highly competitive promotions, tournaments and events to entice players to their tables.

Names such as PokerStars, partypoker, 888poker, Unibet, and microgaming are all names of providers that are leading the way in offering the best online poker experiences to their customers. iPoker is the tour-de-force behind sites such as Bet365, William Hill and Betfair.

Spring and Autumn are the times of year that traditionally see huge tournament series run by all major operators to lure players to their tables. Series’ such as the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) from PokerStars offers millions and million in guaranteed prize pools as does its rival partypoker in their Powerfest series. Having a buoyant market helps in creating demand for huge tournaments with multi million guarantees.

Players in the UK are part of what is known as the dot-com market, meaning that anyone in the UK logging on to play online poker may well be sitting at table with someone from around the word, such as Canada, Russia or Brazil.

For instance, Rather than restrict all players to be geographically within the country, or requiring all games to be played on local servers and requiring all revenues fall under the local license, a more modern approach—which understood online poker as a global game—was adopted in the UK in 2015.

Under this model, players register on the locally licensed site could sit at tables with players in other jurisdictions. Online tournaments are open to players regardless of jurisdiction. Operators only have to attribute how much rake each player contributes to a pot, and thus pay the relevant gaming duty to whichever authority the player falls under.

Today, online poker tables consist of players from the UK, Denmark, Belgium, Romania, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Greece, each falling under local licensing of their native country. Alongside them are players from dozens of other countries across Europe, Canada, South America and Asia that do not have local regulatory systems; gaming duty then falls under an “offshore” license, commonly in Malta, Gibraltar or the Isle of Man.

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888poker LIVE Weekend Coming to London
888poker LIVE Weekend Coming to London

After a long break from live poker, 888poker is hosting 888poker LIVE Weekend at London’s “The Vic” from October 28 to 31, with a £444 buyin and £50,000 in guaranteed prizes.


WSOP Adds Two Main Event Day 1 Flights to Accommodate International Travelers
WSOP Adds Two Main Event Day 1 Flights to Accommodate International Travelers

The $10,000 WSOP Main Event will now feature six starting days until November 9 to give international players a chance to take part.


PokerStars' New Rewards Program: Everything You Need to Know
PokerStars’ New Rewards Program: Everything You Need to Know

Global poker giant PokerStars has introduced a new rewards system aimed at increased transparency and more generous rewards that pays out up to 65% cashback.


BREAKING: PokerStars Trials New Transparent, Volume-Based Rewards Program with Increased Cashback Up to 65%
BREAKING: PokerStars Trials New Transparent, Volume-Based Rewards Program with Increased Cashback Up to 65%

Around 20% of players have been randomly selected to try out the operator’s new rewards system that switches back to a traditional volume-based loyalty scheme.


888poker Announces Stream Team
888poker Announces Stream Team

888poker forms team to stream operator’s action on Twitch.


888poker Teams Up with WPTDeepStacks for New Series
888poker Teams Up with WPTDeepStacks for New Series

Spain/Portugal and Italy join the global network to host the first series synced across three networks.


888 Putting Responsible Gaming at the Forefront with New Player "Control Centre"
888 Putting Responsible Gaming at the Forefront with New Player “Control Centre”

The Control Centre, to use its British spelling, gives players transparent information to help them to gamble responsibly.


Multiple Online Poker Rooms Support Safer Gambling Week Campaign
Multiple Online Poker Rooms Support Safer Gambling Week Campaign

Safer Gambling Week gets underway as the gambling industry looks to promote responsible and safer gambling.


Is Online Poker Heading for Second Boom in 2020?
Is Online Poker Heading for Second Boom in 2020?

As a new wave of COVID-19 cases sweeping across the world coincides with the seasonal busy season for online poker, another boom could be in the cards.


On Your Bikes: Race Across the Finish Line with PokerStars Grand Tour Sit & Gos
On Your Bikes: Race Across the Finish Line with PokerStars Grand Tour Sit & Gos

Players in the UK, France and Spain also have the chance to win a custom-made bicycle worth at least £15,000.


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