Online poker is a popular game for many reasons. It is easy to play, it rewards actual skill unlike slots and the lottery and it can be played at any time for whatever stakes you want from the comfort of your own home. However, there are some things you should be aware of before you start playing poker online.
First, you will need to download the poker software from your chosen site. This isn’t a big deal and should only take a few minutes to do even on slower connections. Once you have done this you can start exploring the lobby which will usually be categorized by Cash Games, Tournaments and Sit & Go’s. Many sites also offer beginner tables which allow you to be seated with players who have classed themselves as beginners and therefore level the playing field for newcomers.
Another thing to be aware of is that poker is a game of skill over the long run and you need to spend at least as much time studying your game as playing it. Signing up for a training site like Upswing Poker or Chip Leader Coaching, networking with successful pros and brutally analyzing your own play after every session is essential if you are to become the best poker player you can be.
The last point is that if you can, try to combine live and online gaming as this will improve your ability to read opponents. Also, you will be able to play higher stakes in live games which can help you prepare for the more difficult online games.