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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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.


PokerStars Returns to London for EPT After Eight-Year Hiatus
PokerStars Returns to London for EPT After Eight-Year Hiatus

For the first time since 2014, PokerStars and the European Poker Tour will host a stop in London.


First-Ever WSOP MI Online Bracelet Schedule is Revealed
First-Ever WSOP MI Online Bracelet Schedule is Revealed

Michigan joins Pennsylvania, New Jersey, & Nevada to get their own bracelet series — meaning a total of 29 online bracelet events will be running this summer along with 88 live bracelets.


PokerStars UK Webcam Feature Expands to Desktop Client
PokerStars UK Webcam Feature Expands to Desktop Client

After a beta trial running since Dec 2021, PokerStars UK officially launches its revamped Home Games with integrated webcam features on its desktop and mobile apps.


888poker LIVE Returns to London with High Roller Poker Festival
888poker LIVE Returns to London with High Roller Poker Festival

888poker is coming to London’s VIC Casino next month but, this time, as a high stakes festival featuring a £2,100 Main Event, a number of exciting side events, & satellites for those looking to win their way in.


5 Responsible Gaming Tools to Help You Gamble Online Safely
5 Responsible Gaming Tools to Help You Gamble Online Safely

It’s easy to get swept up in the action & lose track of time or how much you’ve spent gambling online. Here are 5 great tools to help you stay in control while at the tables.


888poker Wraps Up Another Successful London Live Poker Series
888poker Wraps Up Another Successful London Live Poker Series

While the live event has wrapped, the online poker action continues to heat up at 888’s Millions Superstorm where overlays have been adding tons of extra value.


GGPoker $5 Million Guarantee on $150 Freezeout Promises Massive Value
GGPoker $5 Million Guarantee on $150 Freezeout Promises Massive Value

GGMasters Overlay Edition: GG all but assures a huge overlay for players by 10xing the guarantee for a special two-year anniversary of its Sunday flagship tournament.


PokerStars Offering "Las Vegas Trip" to Loyal Cash Grinders
PokerStars Offering “Las Vegas Trip” to Loyal Cash Grinders

In what appears to be a first in over a decade, PokerStars is putting on a direct promotion to the WSOP 2022 in Las Vegas for cash game players at its live venue in London, the Hippodrome.


888poker Heads to the Vic for 2nd London Live Weekend in 2022
888poker Heads to the Vic for 2nd London Live Weekend in 2022

The operator returns to popular London venue for for four days of live poker action, including a special knockout SNG with the newest brand ambassador Chris Eubank Jr.


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