Online poker is a game of cards played over the Internet using your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Players can play for fun or for real money and the games are regulated in states where they are legal.
To start playing, visit an online poker site and download their software (if required). The demand on your memory is generally quite small so the software should load quickly on even old computers and tablets. You will then need to create an account. You will need to choose a screen name and password that you won’t be able to change later on and you can only have one account at any given site. Multi-accounting is prohibited and may result in a permanent ban from the poker site.
Once you have an account it is time to head to the tables. You can generally select tables categorized by Cash Games, Tournaments and Sit & Go’s. Most poker sites also have a dedicated beginner table where you will be seated with players who have classified themselves as beginners. This is a great way to learn the game as it dramatically levels the playing field for new players.
While most online poker players are looking to win money, many are also hoping to improve their skills and maybe earn some bonus money in the process. Thankfully, there are plenty of free online poker courses available that can help you learn the basics and some advanced strategies.