There has been a dramatic increase over the past few years in the number of people playing online poker. TV coverage has shown people that it can be not only enjoyable, but potentially quite profitable. There will be many who may well have liked to have gone down to their local casino but couldn’t really afford the house limits, but the beauty of online casinos is that they allow very low stakes, which permits just about anyone to join the fun.
There are countless poker rooms available and it might be that the first one visited was a lucky one and that could be all the persuasion needed to visit again, but there are significant differences so it is well worth while shopping around for the poker room which suits your requirements.
Most poker rooms offer new accounts a welcome bonus and occasional random bonuses around certain topical events; to gain them a certain stipulated hands will need to be played through; it might sound confusing and complicated, but it is relatively straight forward and each casino will give clear instructions. A typical bonus would be $50 for a $100 deposit; other non monetary bonuses give players access to top poker tournaments such as WSOP.
An advantage of playing online is that unlike a real casino where it is physically impossible to play more than 1 table at once, with online poker rooms cute players can play as many as 8 tables at a time; maximising their profit opportunities. Also the speed of deal also improves chances of success as somewhere between 90 and 100 deals can be expected during any 1 hour period, compared with 30 an hour in a real house.
A downside to playing online is that you don’t get to make eye contact with your opponents so instantly the bluffing element is removed. However patterns in betting and fast and slow reaction times can be just as big give-aways.
There are a whole host of games available to play, some will have a few more than others, but in the main you will find the main games across the board. Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi, Omaha Hi/Low, Razz, Stud Hi, Stud Hi/Low, 7 card Stud, 8 game mix and Badugi are just some of the games available and most will either be no limit or pot limit versions.
You may encounter traffic problems at some sites, but mainly they will have certain times of day that are busier than others. This can be due to shift workers or something similar, but very often people come and go quite frequently. Pay-outs can differ significantly, although almost all online poker rooms operate with highly reputable financial backers, so it’s more a matter of speed of delivery. These can vary from as little as 3 days up to as much as a month. Forums and chat rooms are good for extracting this type of information, as fellow players are normally very happy to pass on negative or positive experiences.