The United Kingdom, which is more commonly referred to as the UK consists of the island of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as several smaller islands. The UK itself is considered to be a sovereign state that's situated just off of the N.W. coast of Europe. The U.K borders the Republic of Ireland, the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea. The main currency in the United Kingdom is the Pound Sterling. There are several online poker sites that accept Pound Sterling deposits and a handful of poker sites that offer play in GBP.
Poker Sites that Offer Games in GBP
In addition to those sites that offer play in United Kingdom currencies there are also sites that offer players just the ability to make deposits and withdrawals using British Pounds, but not actually play poker using pounds, included in that list of poker sites is Sky Poker.
United Kingdom Poker Players
Poker is a very popular pastime in the United Kingdom, therefore the UK has produced quite a few very well-known poker players. Northern Ireland for instance brought us Andy Black, and Marty Smyth. England has produced a Smorgasbord of big names in the poker industry including, but most certainly not limited to the following members of the Hendon Mob Databases England all-time money list
Sam Trickett, who currently holds the top slot on England's all-time money list took down an earth shattering $10,112,001 payday last July at the World Series of Poker in America, coming in 2nd to Antonio Esfandiari of the US.
UK Poker Deposits and Withdrawals
There are several options available to UK residents when it comes to making deposits to real money poker sites in the United Kingdom. The most popular of all is to simply use a credit card.
UK Poker Deposit Options
Poker Sites Licensed in the UK
There are some players that feel the most secure when playing at locally licensed online poker sites, if that describes you, then you're a lucky player today, dozens of poker sites are licensed by the licensing authority in Gibraltar a British overseas territory. Another area in the European Union that's very popular for gambling licensure and regulation is Malta.
Poker Taxes in the United Kingdom
Here's a simple rule for playing poker in the European Union, if you're playing poker at a locally licensed poker site (see above) you won't have to pay taxes. Most of the time local sites are identifiable because their website addresses end In a country specific extension, for instance, PokerStars.fr would be the address for Poker Stars players from France, and PokerStars.fi would be for players from Finland and so on. If you're not sure if a poker site is locally licensed, it should be to difficult to find out, either email customer support, or pop open a chat window and ask the support team where their license is issued. If you're still unsure, then your best bet (pardon the pun, but it's fun) is to consult either a tax consultant, a lawyer, or perhaps both, I guess that just depends on how much poker you play.
Peak Playing Time in the United Kingdom
The most active time for poker tables located in the United Kingdom kicks off at about Poker tables in the UK 7:00p.m. in the UK and seems to hold strong until about 11:00p.m., much of the reason for this trend is simply that that's when people are off work and finished with dinner, they're ready to burn off a little steam and blow some cash online. If you're playing at a major poker site like PokerStars however, peak times won't be nearly as important to you, these sites are pretty active around the clock.