Poker used to be available only in casinos or by getting together with friends. Now there are online poker sites or apps that you can use on both your computer or even a mobile device. But wait, can you play online poker for money?
These games can be either free poker for recreational players or played for real money. We will primarily be discussing the latter in this article to help you figure out the basics of starting to play poker online for money, and we’ll also show you some online poker tips and tricks.
Starting to Play Online
Most apps and online poker rooms are available to play for free, in order to get the hang of the site, rules, and general poker strategies. Once you begin to get acquainted with it, you can begin to play using real money. Playing using real money is similar to other online gambling. You can start with smaller money tournaments if you are limited in money, or if you want to continue to get acquainted with the site or app. Many apps and sites also offer different bonuses, such as sign-in bonuses, usually based on frequent player points.
After getting to know how to play online poker for money in general, you will usually begin to play from time to time, earning some points that allow getting the bonuses. The points are usually based on playing daily and can be used for real cash, merchandise or even free tournament buy-ins. Sometimes there are other poker bonuses given by the sites as well! Other bonuses include deposit bonuses, such as getting an extra percentage back on your bets. It also helps to choose a site based on the bouses available.
Choosing Games and Tournaments
When playing real money poker online, it is important to choose the right games. There are low stakes games if you are on a budget or prefer to play that way. That also helps you to get used to playing online if you are used to playing cash games in real life. There are also different types of poker games available, but most players will feel most comfortable playing Texas Hold ‘Em. There are also variations on that. For example, some games will have more hands per hour (shorthanded), as well as a full ring. The full ring has more poker players that know what they are doing, so it is wise to only play those games after getting acquainted with everything and being sure of yourself and your skills.
Online poker tournaments function like tournaments in real life. You purchase your chips in the beginning, and once you are out of them you are out of the tournament. Despite the limitation of not being able to buy more chips, you are able to win larger pots due to everyone else buying more chips. This leads to larger pots, and especially if you make it to the end of the game, translates to higher wins. There are some sites with lower buy-ins, such as $10, and can pay as much as $200,000.
Site Availability and Transferring Money
Some websites are only available in certain regions. For example, the United States only has a few hundred licensed websites for playing poker for real money online. These large sites may not be available in other regions, but other sites also offer similar features. The communities on smaller sites also tend to be smaller, but they are usually also friendly because of this. Most websites also require a major credit card to deposit, although some sites have other ways to deposit money. Getting money from the sites also requires a bank transfer or credit card, but can also be sometimes received through PayPal.
These are the basics of playing poker online. Being aware of the site bonuses and types of games offered can help determine which site you want to play on. Playing recreationally for a little while on each site also help you determine which site you want to use, so be sure to take advantage of free play in order to figure it out!