VPN Services – A solution to access blocked sites
Nowadays, VPN (Virtual Private Network) services have become an indispensable tool for active Internet users. The protection they offer in terms of your private data and IP address is invaluable in an era where you’re vulnerable to attacks on security, but it’s surprising how many people don’t take these issues seriously enough.
Online poker is a specific field in which the use of VPNs is particularly relevant. A good example is Russia, where the banning of online poker rooms and access to their websites proves impossible, while the operational problems of gaming clients due to an inability to connect to the server is an obstacle met by poker fans in numerous countries. If you are in a country where you can not access an online poker room, then simply downloading a VPN client will solve your dilemma.
Let’s say you live n Germany and spend time in Spain or France because you like the sun, but you want to play poker while out there. With your usual account you would not be able to log in while out there. However, using VPN means that you’re just a click away from your foreign IP address being converted to a German one, allowing you to log in and play as usual. That’s why a good VPN is a must-have for any poker player…
Do online poker rooms allow the use of a VPN?
The terms and conditions of poker sites prohibit the use of VPNs for the purpose of long-term gaming in a country where online poker is blocked. However, poker sites have no problems with regular players who take advantage of the essential security benefit of a VPN.
At PokerStars and Unibet, in fact, your only concern would be if you play with a VPN permanently, so you should clarify this with the providers beforehand. The problem is not that someone might want to play a bit of poker while on vacation, or protect their data, rather people looking to participate in gaming illegally in countries where there is no access to documents from third parties.
It is an open secret that numerous professional players used this trick to participate in international gaming. This approach has worked for years and, as already mentioned, is tolerated by almost all poker sites. As long as you play fairly and your player account has been properly verified, that’s how it should be. Nevertheless, there is, of course, always a small residual risk if you want to go down this route. To be on the safe side, if you prefer to play with a clear conscience you should refrain from any lengthy VPN experiments and use such a service if there is no workable alternative.
Which VPN providers are the safest and best?
There are quite a few VPN providers, and here we will list those that we recommend based on their being the choice over the years of many players in our community. With this in mind, you can trust these providers without hesitation.
N.B. The prices quoted may not be 100% up to date, so it’s worth checking the various rates on offer, as well as looking out for special promotions.
(€11.95/month), (€69.00/year), (€90.95/2 years)
CyberGhost is the world’s leading VPN provider, catering for more than 2,700 servers across an incredible selection of different countries, and providing 24/7 Support.
Notable features include: Super fast server and DNS IP Leak Protection, Strict no-log policy, 256-bit AES encryption, Supports OpenVPN, L2TP, IPSec and IKEv2. The CyberGhost site is available in many different languages, and with a subscription you can use the CyberGhost VPN software on seven different devices.
($11.95/Month), ($69.00/Year), ($99.95/2 Years)
Nord VPN offers a very good service and good value rates, with something for everyone in their choice of packages, all of which come with a 30 day money back guarantee.
Their homepage is available in 16 languages, and every customer has access to a 24/7 Live Chat Support.
If you decide to choose a VPN package at Nord VPN you can use it on six devices at the same time, and there’s also a mobile version. No logs are saved, which means users enjoy maximum anonymity. Nord VPN uses high speed servers, across a number of countries.
($12.95/Month), ($ 59.94/6 Months), ($80.04/Year)
Express VPN offers super fast and high secured servers, in 94 countries and, again, customer anonymity is a priority.
The site is user-friendly and available in 16 languages, while their 24/7 Live Support is available via Live Chat and email.
Generous discounts are available for those choose a 6-month or 1-year package.
($10.95/Month), ($53.70/6 Months), ($70.80/2 Year Promotion)
Pure VPN is one of the biggest companies around and offers clients more than 750 servers in 141 countries – more than any other VPN company. In addition to very fast servers they also have a very high encoding.
The site is available in four languages and there is 24/7 support.
($12.99/Month), ($26.99/3 Months), ($77.99/1 Year)
IP Vanish has more than 850 servers in 60 countries. They do not save any logs, thus providing the much desired anonymity that can be especially important to poker fans. The servers are some of the fastest around.
You can use IP Vanish on five devices, while a mobile version is available.
Unfortunately for some, the service is available only in English. Finally, customers have access to 24/7 Support.
($9.99/Month), ($36.96/6 Months), ($59.88/1 Year)
Costumers can choose from more than 720 servers across 190 different countries.
If you opt for HydeMyAss you can use their VPN service on an unlimited number of devices, while there’s also a mobile version.
The HydeMyAss site is available in 11 languages, and 24/7 Support is available.
Free VPN Services
Alas it is practically impossible to find a free and decent VPN service – such providers tend to have very slow servers to which access will be problematic at best, and you’ll also be confronted by pop-ups.
Many players in our YPD community use the VPN providers we have listed here without experiencing problems, and with 100% satisfaction. If you have any questions regarding VPNs, please do not hesitate to contact our Support team.