America’s Bookie is well-known in the sports betting industry. The bookie opened in 2005 and has continually grown. Despite the name, players from around the world can join America’s Bookie.
So, does America’s Bookie offer poker?
A few years ago, AmericasBookie launched an online poker room. Rather than join a small network and utilize the network’s software suite and shared player base, America’s Bookie launched using their own software. However, the poker room has since been closed down.
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The online poker industry is hard to carve out a niche in. Despite having lots of sports bettors, the poker room never took off. Most poker players will go where an established player base already exists because it’s easier to find a game 24/7 and the poker tournaments are bigger.
Launching a successful online poker room requires a massive marketing budget and even then it would be hard to penetrate the market today with so many established poker sites in existence.
Another reason it’s difficult to offer online poker is that players are more loyal than sports bettors. Once a player joins a poker site like PokerStars, they have little reason to switch sites.
While I’m sure America’s Bookie still have the capability to relaunch the poker room, it’s unlikely they will due to the reasons mentioned above, such as lack of an established player base.
Poker is a lot different than sports betting. A bookie only needs one player to turn a profit, whereas a poker room owner needs a steady stream of active players to play against each other.
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With that being said, there are still some poker options in the America’s Bookie casino. You won’t be playing against other real players, but there are a number of poker games you can indulge in.
First off, there are 18 video poker machines in the casino, including popular titles Jacks or Better, Joker Poker Multi and Deuces are Wild. You need to enable flash to play these video poker games.
There are a number of poker games listed under the table games section of the casino too.
Players can play Stud Poker, Pai Gow, Keep’em Poker, Red Dog, Crazy Poker and Poker Three. All of the games have varying stakes you can play at. If you don’t know how to play or you need a refresher, all of the poker games in the casino have a “Help” button where the rules and controls are listed.
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If you’re looking to play poker, these are your options at America’s Bookie. I enjoy the poker table games in the casino, as they can offer great payouts if the cards are falling right.
However, if you want to play poker against other real people, you’ll need to look elsewhere. We will update this article if America’s Bookie relaunches their online poker room in the future.