PokerListings Operator Awards: Best for Beginners


Which poker operator provides the ideal environment for players who are brand-new to the game?

This award goes to the poker operator with the best product for rookie players.
And also, does the best job attracting new online poker players.
New players and recreational players are the backbone of a healthy poker ecosystem.
So a good poker operator knows that and makes sure that their software and poker games
are tailored towards non-professional players, and not just the more experienced.
For the PokerListings Operator Awards: Best for Beginners category, we had three nominees this year: 888poker, Unibet and Tiger Gaming.

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WINNER: 888poker

Poker8 is more cartoonish but most importantly more amateur player-friendly.
On top of that, 888poker has a dedicated Beginner's Area plus a selection of low-stakes games.
There are loads of promos and freerolls, and 888 also currently holds the best new player bonus.
Finally, if you're swinging in from casino and sports betting, these are also available as side games.
This all factored into why we've chosen 888poker as the best poker beginner site in 2020.

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For many years 888poker has done a tremendous job, acquiring new players and promoting poker as a recreational game. 888poker offers a true no-deposit bonus, freeroll promotions worth hundreds of thousands dollars each quarter and a new software which is easy to understand and navigate. While being one of the oldest online poker operators 888poker certainly is one of the best for newbies.


Unibet poker

The small Scandinavian poker operator Unibet was one of the first poker sites to fully embrace a recreational-player-first-policy. The entire gaming experience at Unibet feels like an adventure game with poker challenges. With the lowest rake across all poker sites, an easy to clear welcome bonus and soft games Unibet is a prime address for all players new to the game of poker.

Tiger Gaming

Tiger Gaming

Tiger Gaming is a surprise hit for new and recreational players. While the software might be unremarkable at first glance, it's easy to navigate, pleasing to the eye and offers all the games recreational poker players want. On top of that Tiger Gaming offers the softest low stakes games of all online operators which makes it a perfect operator for recreational players.

How the Awards Process Works

The PokerListings editorial team has worked in the online poker business for decades and here we’re presenting the PokerListings Operator Awards - casting a spotlight on the most deserving in the business.

1. Nominations

Throughout the month of November, our PokerListings experts present the shortlisted nominees in 8 different categories: Best for Beginners, Best for Grinders, Best Online Series, Best Software, Most Improved, Innovation of the Year, Poker Operator of the Year, and finally the PokerListings Players' Favorite.

2. Voting

During this Nomination period in November all PokerListings players can vote for our 8th category: Your favorite poker operator of them all. You will find a wider selection of nominees than the other award categories for a better choice. And you can cast your vote (one per person) on our Facebook and Twitter channels. We'll provide results on both outlets as well as our Player Favorite page - along with the other category results.

3. Winners

After a long deliberation throughout this month, we will announce the winners on all our channels at the start of December (official date TBA). Our winners will also be contacted and provided with their badge of honor as this year's winners.

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