If you are looking for the full casino experience - a strong poker room coupled with strong gaming, then you will have to shop around a little. The best on line casinos have it all, but it takes some research.
If you are looking for poker only, there are some sensational poker rooms - Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars are among the best. But these sites offer no other gaming. Here is a list of the best on line casinos that offer everything.
1) Golden Palace. One of the most famous names in gambling, primarily because of its marketing antics, it also has a world class casino. The poker room is very good, and overall Golden Palace is the total package. The only missing? U.S. players. They do not accept U.S. play.
2) Bodog. This one does accept U.S. players. The poker room and race and sports book are stronger than the casino, but overall this is an outstanding site for U.S. players who want it all.
3) Intercasino. Another that has the total package - minus U.S. players.
4) BetFred Poker - Another that has a nice poker room, solid casino games, and also offers sportsbetting, bingo, lotto. Just not to U.S. players.
5) Sports Interaction. Another that has a nice sportsbook, poker room and casino, but no U.S. players.
6) Kiwi group - Offers poker, casino games and bingo, all as part of an affiliation with a land-based casino conglomerate. No U.S. players.
7) Diamond Club. Another non U.S. site with a solid poker room and casino.
8) Prestige. Part of the prestige group, like many others it has everything except U.S. players.
9) Ultimate Bet. While primarily a poker room - and a very good one - this site also offers blackjack. And it takes U.S. players.
10) Captain Cook casino. Also offers everything except U.S. players.
The lack of U.S. players in a poker room is unfortunate, because the bring lots of money and sometimes overly aggressive and spotty play. But U.S. gaming laws have put a damper on most combination casinos. Bodog is one of the few that actually offers everything to U.S. players.
Many of the best on line casinos have first rate casino games and second-rate poker rooms. Some also have affiliations, so you can use your money in both places. The advantages to having a one stop shopping spot is not having to add money to your account if you want to play poker one minute and craps the next. This is the drawback to poker only rooms.
Unfortunately for U.S. players, not many options exist. Fortunately for the rest of the world, there are plenty places you can go and get your gambling fix for everything.
Poker's popularity has brought a lot of new people to on line casinos as well as real ones.