Time to switch things up a little in 2013. With online poker in general becoming tougher and players more educated on strategy, you need to be a little more pro-active in seeking out the softest games.
Here I look at the leading poker networks and some key stand alone poker sites and compare them for cash games. Worldwide networks will be the focus here, US Players should check out this article instead, it gives the low-down comparison on Merge and Revolution – the leading US networks.
For readers outside of the US, I recommend focusing on networks which include big sports-betting or casino brands alongside their poker offerings… as having a flow of traffic from sports-betting means plenty of inexperienced players (aka Fish) in the games. When you contrast this to the ‘grinders’ populating some of the biggest sites you will find there is a noticeable difference in your potential for profits.
The best network for cash games will be assessed using the following criteria:
Easiness or toughness of the games, software and playability, number of games available and the bonuses and incentives which are offered by each network. Here is my top 3 contenders for 2013:
- 888.com Poker
- iPoker Network
- Bwin / Party Poker
Best Poker Network For Cash Games – 888 Poker
While the poker networks with betting sites see cross-over traffic, the players coming from the biggest online casino (888.com) often end up at 888 Poker giving the Texas Holdem tables a try! These players like to gamble and have some fun, the complete opposite of the ‘nits’ you might find at PokerStars!
You can find recreational players at every level, and not just ‘players with some leaks’ these are people who chase every hand and refuse to fold even when it is blindingly obvious (to everyone else) that they are beaten…a candidate for Cash game heaven, and not just the best poker network for cash games!!?
888 Poker have cool software and are very generous with their promos, which are often themed on giving away sporting event tickets, cash or gadgets. They boosted their player base significantly last year, bucking the general trend for online poker sites. I am tipping this good run to continue into 2013, and recommend that readers of this site take advantage of the super-soft games there now… as at some point the word will get around and the fish will be diluted by an influx of more serious players. You will make a killing at those crazy games – so check out 888 Poker now! Click this link to have a look at 888 Poker Website for more info!
Best Poker Network For Cash Games – The iPoker Network
iPoker also benefit from sports-betting traffic crossing over into the poker tables. Big brands on this network include William Hill, PaddyPower and (my personal favorite) Titan. Software is a little on the annoying side at this network – feeling clunkier and more prone to give you annoying ‘ok’ boxes than other network’s clients. Having said that the huge volume of games make up for this – iPoker see 65,000 simultaneous players at peak times, making them a massive network. With the recent move to split into tiers things are even better for those looking for soft games. The top tier (iPoker2) is made up of only the big brands who bring a lot of new players into the network – meaning that this is where all the recreational and amateur players can be found.
PBN readers can claim my special deal while they check out iPoker – via their single biggest site and tier 2 leader – Titan Poker. This is a combo of 200% matched welcome bonus + $20 extra in free cash. All you need to do is use Titan Poker bonus code PBKLUB – and I will ensure that the extra is paid directly into your account within 48 hours, usually sooner.
Best Network For Cash Games – Party Poker / Bwin
Bwin recently left the OnGame network to join their long time business partners Party on the old Party Poker platform. This has given Party a nice boost, consolidating their number 2 spot behind poker giant PokerStars.
While there are a few more grinders than there used to be, the Party brand is key to keeping the games at this site soft. When people who have not played before feel like a try, it is the Party Poker brand that they are most likely to have heard about… this trusted name continues to host first time players right into 2013.
You can grab a 100% match to $500 max with bonus code PBKLUB, and while you clear this bonus you will be earning plenty of ‘Party Points’ towards getting the next one, and the next, and the next! Check out the soft cash games over at Party Poker for yourself now!