Poker has exploded in popularity in India, both live play and online. For those looking to play poker online for real money, we have put together this guide to help you find the best poker sites, deposit money, and start playing. Here you will find several sites that I personally recommend, as well as some depositing tips that are focused toward Indian players.
Before I get into my top recommended sites, let me first tell you why I chose them. I focus on reputation, trust and banking options. Reputation is important in everything, especially when you are dealing with money. The sites we recommend have a long history of providing a quality service, making prompt payments and offering a quality experience to players. Along with payments, we look for sites that offer a good variety of deposit and withdraw options to make banking easier.
Poker Sites Accepting Indian Players
Bet365.com, all of the sites we recommend are close competitors, but Bet365 is on the top of our list for the reason that it accepts Rupees directly, as well as fulfilling our other requirements for reputation. Their software is not as good as 888Poker.com, but for me, depositing directly with Rupees makes up for this. Bet365 offers other betting options as well from casino to sports betting.
Deposit Bonus: 200% up to $1000
Recommended Deposit Options: I prefer using our Neteller account to deposit at Bet365. If you don’t have a Neteller account I have had some success with VISA.
888Poker.com has the best poker software among the sites we recommend. They offer good variety of games and stakes. I also like how they organize their playing lobby to find open games. They do offer a no download version as well that some players prefer instead of installing the software on your computer. 888 also offers casino and sports betting if that is something you are interested in.
Deposit Bonus: Free bonus up to $400
Recommended Deposit Options: 888Poker offers both Neteller and Entropay. Here again I prefer Neteller, but if you don’t have either of these ewallet accounts you can try your VISA. They do not take Rupees directly, so I just deal in British Pounds.
WilliamHill.com makes the list on reputation and a solid overall experience. Like the other rooms listed here, they are long established and offer quick deposits and cash outs. They offer the most diversified betting experience by offering bets for poker, sports, financial, casino and even some live casino games.
Deposit Bonus: Free 200% up to £1250
Recommended Deposit Options: I use Neteller for William Hill as well; otherwise, I prefer using my VISA.
Best Poker Deposit Option for Indian Players
When playing poker for real money from India, the most often asked question is. “What is the best way to deposit?” We offer a detailed deposit guide for Indian players, but I will provide a summary. As I stated before, I prefer to use ewallets such as Neteller or Skrill for several reasons. I like playing at different poker sites and since all of the sites I mentioned above take this deposit option, it allows me to use my bankroll at all 3 of the sites from the same ewallet.
Neteller is also beneficial because it serves as a currency exchange as well, offering very competitive exchange rates. This is good to use for rooms that don’t deal directly in Rupees.
For those who don’t have a credit card and don’t want to use ewallets, I recommend trying a pre-paid gift card that has the VISA logo. Several Indian banks offer this option. There are a few drawbacks to them, but they are good option for those who don’t want to use an ewallet but don’t have the personal credit to get a credit card.
Depositing Rupees for Online Poker
As we mentioned before, only www.bet365.com accepts deposits directly in Rupees. However, all sites serving India also use British Pounds, so it isn’t much trouble for the other sites that don’t accept Rupees directly. It simply means you will need to exchange your Rupees in an ewallet or at the real money poker site itself.
Withdrawing From Real Money Poker Sites
Since I mainly use Neteller, withdrawing is very easy because I have the poker room deposit my winnings into my Neteller account that I then keep to play in the future or transfer to my bank account. The other nice thing about using Neteller is that your bank transactions will not show any transactions directly with a betting site since the transfer to and from your bank account will be with Neteller.
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