How to Play Online Poker
Whether you play cash games or tournaments, no limit hold’em or pot limit Omaha, online poker has something for everyone. Playing for real money is fast, safe and regulated in the states where it’s legal. It’s also a great way to win real money without ever leaving home! Just be sure to play only at reputable and licensed poker sites – beware of offshore operators that operate illegally and without basic consumer safeguards and regulation.
To get started, simply visit your favorite poker site’s homepage and sign up using a username, password and a valid email address. Then choose a deposit method (electronic or wire transfer) and fund your account. Poker sites offer a wide variety of deposit methods including credit cards, debit cards, pre-paid cards, third-party eWallets and even bank transfers. Withdrawals are equally easy and can be done with many of the same options plus a good old-fashioned check by mail.
Once you’re a member, you can then head to the tables and start playing. The poker client will automatically display the current table and game state and you can make in-game decisions with a single click of your mouse. Poker software is designed to be fast and user-friendly, and it’s quick to download even on the oldest of Internet connections.
You’ll find that many of the same rules apply as at your local poker room, but online play requires a different set of skills. For example, online players can’t read physical ’tells’ and instead must gauge their opponents’ betting tendencies. In addition, online poker is often played at a much faster pace than live poker, so you must learn to adjust your strategy accordingly.
Another key to success is developing a short memory. It’s easy to become emotionally invested in bad beats, and it’s important to remember that over the long run the math will sort things out. If you can keep your emotions in check and focus on improving your own poker game, the rewards will be substantial. And who knows, you might eventually end up winning a real life jackpot!