Best UK Poker Sites - Deposit In British Pounds

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UK Based Poker Sites offering deposits in £ Sterling and some offer play GBP

In 2014 poker sites wishing to offer real money games for UK residents needed to apply for a license from the UK Gambling Commission. This commission controls online gambling and advertising. All of the big brand poker rooms are now licensed – which gives UK players extra peace of mind in that there is a legal body to go to in the event of a dispute.

This page answers some key questions about the best UK poker sites, and more specifically about depositing and playing poker in British pounds.

Which are the Biggest UK Internet Poker Sites?

The single biggest site is PokerStars, which is several times larger (in terms of total players) than the other major sites. PokerStars use their high volume to offer bigger tournament events, weekly guarantees and game variety than their rivals.

The next spots in the poker traffic rankings change more frequently. 888 Poker currently hold the 2nd spot. This site has moved up significantly over recent years, and offers a recreational-player friendly room with excellent software. 3rd place is a hard-fought battle between the iPoker Network (which is the common back end of many big UK sports betting brands) and Party Poker. After this you will find well-known names like the MicroGaming Poker Network and Unibet.

With so many big brand sites licensed by the Gaming Commission, there is little incentive for UK based players to venture to the ‘offshore’ US-friendly sites. While there are many trusted brands based out on Caribbean islands, there is less recourse to their licensing jurisdictions in the event of a dispute.

Are UK Poker Sites Fair and Safe?

There are several aspects of safety to cover, and generally speaking the licensed British poker rooms are the safest you will find anywhere online.

Deal fairness is tracked by 3rd party specialists. You’ll find links to certificates of auditors including eCogra, TST (technical systems testing) and iGaming Labs in the footer of your site’s homepage. These companies check the outcome of millions of hands before they declare the deal to be fair.

Financial solvency involves segregating player funds from operating capital. The big sites are all compliant in this area – a key factor in being awarded a license. You can enjoy an extra level of protection by playing at a site which is also listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Can I Deposit in GBP?

You can deposit in British Pounds, though most poker sites have games either in Euros or (most commonly) US dollars. This is more a historical factor than anything, since poker boomed in the US first. One network – iPoker – have games exclusively in Euros. This reflects the fact that they have been out of the US market since the UIGEA was passed back in 2006.

What happens at most sites is that you will deposit in pounds, and your balance will immediately be exchanged into dollars. This is then held in dollars while you play. When you come to cash out, the currencies are exchanged again. This is done at the prevailing daily rate in both directions – which means that it is possible to gain or lose a few percentage points as the rates change.

Some of the biggest sites – for example PokerStars – will let you keep parts of your bankroll in several different currencies. While this might be useful for players with many thousands of pounds in play, for average players small currency fluctuations make this less useful.

What Deposit Methods are Available to UK Players?

With internet poker fully legal and regulated – UK players enjoy the widest range of deposit methods anywhere. Below are some of the most popular options.

eWallets: These are 3rd party systems which give you a virtual wallet online. The best-known brands in this category are PayPal, Neteller and Skrill (MoneyBookers). The advantage of these is that you do not need to give your bank or card details to any poker site. You can also use eWallets to hold your bankroll, which enables you to quickly move money around to take advantage of poker bonuses or promotions.

Cards: This category includes both credit cards and debit (bank) cards. All of the main brands are accepted. While Visa and MasterCard are the best known, you will find sites which accept Switch, Solo and Visa Electron too. You can also use prepaid credit cards, for example PaySafeCard or EcoCard.

Wires: Local bank transfers are slower, though work well for larger deposits. This is a popular way of getting your money back out from poker sites. While it is possible to use Western Union and similar options, there are so many easier ways that this is uncommon in the UK.

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