Safest Poker Sites Blog

Safest Poker Sites BlogSafest Poker Sites provides the latest news and weekly updates in the poker industry.

Safest Poker Sites launched with the goal of educating online poker players. While our reviews help players know the ins and outs of specific sites, sometimes there is news that affects the industry as a whole or affects money deposited on a site. This is why we created the Safest Poker Sites blog.

The blog is maintained by John Mehaffey. He has 15 years of online poker experience. He has published news and other content for dozens of poker, casino and sports websites. John is a moderator at the Two Plus Two poker forum. This helps him have an eye on the action at all poker sites.

John’s specialty is not limited to the online poker industry. He lives in Las Vegas. This gives him access to the latest poker and casino news in the country’s largest gaming market.

Latest Blog Posts

Online Poker affected by Black Friday

What if Black Friday Never Happened?

Black Friday occurred on April 15, 2011.  It changed online poker forever, especially in the United States.  That is because PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and UltimateBet were indicted for violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.  This blemished the impeccable reputation of PokerStars.  It also put an end to Full Tilt, Absolute Poker […]

Black Friday Online Poker Sites

Could Another Black Friday Happen?

Black Friday occurred on April 15, 2011.  It was the day that indictments were unsealed that charged PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker with illegal online gambling.  The prosecuting U.S. Attorney’s Office was in the Southern District of New York.  Preet Bharara led the investigation. PokerStars left the U.S. market immediately after Black Friday […]

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Low Limit Las Vegas Poker Tournaments

I played my first live poker tournament in years this week at Sam’s Town. It was a $40 tournament that drew about 30 people and ended up with 50 buy-ins. First place was $600. The competition was soft, and it got me thinking that maybe smaller poker tournaments may be worth paying the excessive rake. […]

Weekly Roundup October 27 2017

Weekly Roundup October 27 2017

Online Poker and Casino Legalization Passes Pennsylvania Legislature The Pennsylvania Legislature passed a bill this week that would legalize and regulate online poker and casino games. Language in the bill also licenses daily fantasy sports sites and includes the possibility of sports betting should the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act get nullified by the […]

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Why Free Poker Sites Are Waste of Time for Players

There are hundreds of places to play online poker. Some are real money poker sites where players can win cash. Others are social media sites where players can play for free or spend money for rewards. Others are just outright free with no ability to spend money. There are play money tables at nearly all […]

Weekly Roundup October 13 2017

Weekly Roundup October 13 2017

New Jersey Enters Into Online Poker Interstate Compact New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed an interstate online poker compact with Delaware and Nevada this week. That will permit New Jersey sites to accept players from those states. The platforms could merge player pools between the three states. is the only regulated poker site that […]

How Nevada Online Poker Has Changed Since Launched Four Years Ago

After a two-day soft launch, held its official grand opening in Nevada on September 19, 2013. Unlike Delaware and New Jersey, poker sites did not hit the market on the same day in Nevada. At the time of’s launch, Ultimate Poker was approaching its fifth month in operation. The Nevada online poker market […]

Weekly Roundup September 15 2017

Weekly Roundup September 15 2017

New Jersey Online Gaming Posts Another Successful Month New Jersey online poker and casino sites combined to generate $21.3 million in revenues last month. Golden Nugget led the field with $5.2 million. This is impressive since the licensee does not offer online poker. Golden Nugget’s partner is Betfair. Online poker continues to struggle. These games […]

Bovada Bans Grandfathered Players in Five States

Bovada sent out an email to players in five states today. It stated that accounts with addresses in Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey and New York will be closed on October 2, 2017. These five states were already barred from creating new accounts. This decision was made years ago. Players with existing accounts were permitted […]

Weekly Roundup September 9 2017

Weekly Roundup September 9 2017

Major Affiliate Publishes Jao Poker Warning Affiliate Professional Rakeback discovered several issues with a new poker site that is called Jao Poker. The article, published last week, goes over several reasons why players may want to avoid Jao Poker. These include an affiliate program that mirrors a pyramid, spam, use of PayPal for banking and […]

Weekly Roundup September 1 2017

Weekly Roundup September 1 2017

888 Hit With £7.8million Penalty The gambling group 888 was fined £7.8 million for failing to provide adequate problem gambling safeguards. It was discovered that a bug permitted 7,000 players that had self-excluded from the poker, casino and sports side of the business were able to deposit on the 888 bingo site. These players deposited […]


Online Poker Returns to Bovada

Online poker is back at Bovada. The site’s PaiWangLuo skin is identical to what it was before it moved all poker players to Ignition Poker last year. The move brings online poker back right before Bovada’s busiest time of the year. It also comes as the PaiWangLuo network lost its title as the largest US-friendly […]

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888 Launches New Poker Game

There is a new game at 888. It is called “Flopomania.” It is a Texas Hold’em variant. This game is geared towards recreational players. It removes any skill from the preflop and alters how the game is players post-flop. Flopomania is available at six-max and full-ring tables. There is a button that moves clockwise, just […]

Weekly Roundup August 11 2017

Weekly Roundup August 11 2017

Australia Online Poker Ban Passes Senate Online poker players in Australia received bad news this week. he country’s senate passed a bill that effectively outlaws online poker in the country by amending the Interactive Gambling Act. The law makes it illegal to offer betting to Australian players. The ban also includes live betting on sports. […]

Weekly Roundup August 4 2017

Weekly Roundup August 4 2017

888 Accidentally Launches New Game 888 temporarily rolled out a new game out on Wednesday. It was not live long. 888 pulled it when it realized the tables were available in the lobby. The game was Flopomania. It is a Texas Hold’em variant. Folopmania removes the preflop betting round. It is replaced by an ante. All […]