How to Play Online Poker

Whether you’re looking to play for pennies or the biggest stakes money can buy online poker has something for everyone. But playing for real money can get a little confusing with all the different ways of depositing and withdrawing and the sharp competition out there. This article will help you make sense of everything and show you how to improve your online poker experience.

Online poker is played from a computer software client that you download to your desktop or laptop. This isn’t too difficult to do and shouldn’t demand too much memory from your machine. It is also possible to use a no-download version of the software if you wish, but this won’t give you quite as much freedom.

When you open the poker site you’ll be greeted with the lobby which will usually be sorted by cash games, tournaments and Sit & Go’s along with whatever special format game they may run. Most poker sites will have a ‘beginner’ section of their lobby which will automatically place you in tables with players who categorize themselves as beginners. This will dramatically level the playing field for new players.

Getting money on and off the poker site is fairly easy these days as most operators offer a decent variety of payment methods including credit cards, debit cards, eWallets and bank transfers. Most poker sites also track your session stats which is an excellent tool to use when trying to identify areas where you can improve your performance.