How to Play Online Poker

Online poker takes the traditional card game to a whole new level. Players can play for fun, for real money or even for satellite entries into the most prestigious live tournaments in the world. They can play on desktop computers, laptops or mobile phones. The games can range from very low stakes to multi-million dollar high roller events.

Poker is a skill based game over the long term and top pros spend just as much time studying their craft as they do playing it. They study training sites, network with successful pros and brutally analyze their play after every session to improve their overall game. It is difficult to beat but not impossible if you’re willing to put in the work and practice consistently.

A good tip is to start by playing the games you are most familiar with such as Texas Hold’em and then expand into other variants. This way you can learn the rules and hand values before wagering any money. Another great tip is to look for peak times when more players are logged into the site and this will give you a larger player pool to play against.

All major poker sites offer what is known as play money tables which allows players to practice the game without risking any money. These tables are usually categorized under the Cash Games, Tournaments and Sit & Go’s tabs and they provide the perfect platform for newcomers to get to grips with the online poker software and understand how the games play.