Online poker rooms offer many advantages over physical poker games. Firstly, they are available whenever you want to play, without the hassle of trying to arrange a game in the real world when it can be hard to get enough players together in one place at one time.
Also, you can take a somewhat more casual – although not too casual! – approach to your game. If things aren’t going well, it’s easy to drop out and wait for a better day, while on the other hand if you seem to be on a roll it’s easier to find new players to continue with.
To start playing online poker you need to find a suitable casino site with live poker rooms. The facilities on offer vary greatly, but as a beginner it’s best to start with a simple game that you’re very familiar with, one played for low stakes, and with not too high a deposit needed to get started. It may also be a good idea to choose a game which limits how much of your pot you can wager in one game, making it more difficult to lose your entire deposit while still learning the ropes. Once you’ve found your feet with online poker, then it’s easy to progress to more advanced games with, if you want, higher stakes and unlimited wagers.
Website or Software?
Most people start out playing online poker via the poker room provided at the online casino’s website, but as you become more proficient and experienced, it’s usually possible to move on to dedicated desktop software through which you can play. This will often give you more features, such extensive game history and the ability to replay successful or unsuccessful games, and will also make more advanced playing strategies such as multi-table sessions easier to deal with.