Online Poker Information
Today, online poker is enjoyed by millions of poker enthusiasts from around the world. The most popular of all the poker games is Texas Hold'em Poker, so you should always be able to find this game at whichever site you sign up to. Most of the leading poker sites also now provide other poker games such as Stud, Razz and Omaha. These games are generally available in both the free play demo mode and also in the real cash mode. Players can sit down at cash tables (ring games), as well as sit 'n go tournaments and much bigger tournaments which are often called scheduled tournaments.
You can play online poker 24/7 and you can set your table limits to suit your budget. Most sites have low stakes tables, medium stakes tables and high stakes tables, which means that the blinds generally range from as little as $/€/£0.01/$/€/£0.02, through to $/€/£0.02/$/€/£0.04, $/€/£0.05/$/€/£0.10, $/€/£0.10/$/€/£0.20 etc. up to as much as $/€/£50.00/$/€/£100.00 to generally no more than $/€/£100.00/$/€/£200.00 per hand (small blind/big blind). You can generally adjust the game filters to find yourself a suitable table in no time at all.
The great thing with cash tables is that you can leave at any time you like, just like in real life. If you are playing in a sit 'n go tournament, or any other tournament that you have already signed up to, you can sit out at any point. You won't be involved in the action but the blinds will still be taken from you so if you do register to a sit 'n go tourney, a scheduled tourney or any other poker tournament for that matter, make sure that you will be able to play for the duration because most online poker tournaments can last for several hours.
You can visit the game lobby to find out more game information, such as the length of the blinds etc. and whether or not the tournament is a rebuy tournament or if there is an add-on break. If the tournament is a rebuy, it means that when you lose your chips, you will be able to rebuy more chips for the same amount that you originally bought in for. Always read the game description prior to registering so that you are familiar with what to expect. When playing in the larger tournaments, you should get a break at least every 60 minutes.
Poker sites today are powered by various different software providers and they are usually licensed either in Antigua, the Netherlands Antilles, the UK, Alderney, Malta, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Kahnawake or Costa Rica. Only ever sign up to an online poker site that is fully licensed and make sure that not only is your preferred language supported, but you should also check that your preferred currency and banking method(s) are accepted. You can only play in the real cash mode at any of today's reputable online casinos after you have actually signed up. This online application process is generally a fairly quick process, you just need to enter your correct personal details.
You can play at an online poker site from almost any computer today, so whether you have a PC, Mac, Laptop or even a state of the art mobile device, you should be able to find a healthy amount of poker sites to choose from. Each poker site today will reward you with some kind of cash bonus just for signing up with them. This initial poker bonus is generally called a sign up bonus or a welcome bonus. Always read through the terms and conditions before you accept any of these promotional offers though.
The sign up process is fairly straightforward today. You will be required to enter personal details such as your full name, address and date of birth, plus other essential details to prove that you are over 18 and also prove that you are who you say you are. If you are looking to place a real cash wager and test your skills against other players while online, there is no better way to do it than by playing online poker. Most poker varieties don't take long to learn, but until you become good, it would be a good idea to play on the low stakes tables and enter as many poker freerolls as you can, just until you get good.
Online Poker Resources:
› Wikipedia Online Poker Page - Page discussing online poker in lengths.
› World Series of Poker - One of the most famous poker tournaments (land based).
› Card Player Magazine - H2O Sports Online believes this to be the best poker magazine out there.