How to Play Online Poker

Online poker takes the fun and excitement of the game and cranks it up to a whole new level. You can play for real money at stakes that start at the smallest amount of pennies all the way up to satellite entries into the most amazing live tournaments in the world. The games are available for desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, from any location with an internet connection.

To play online poker you will need to download the software that the poker site offers. This isn’t a huge task and most laptops and desktops built in the last few years or even earlier will have more than enough processing power to handle it. Some sites also offer no download versions but these will usually not be as feature rich.

Once the software is installed you can access your real money games at any time of day. You can also find a variety of free poker lessons and quizzes that will put your knowledge to the test. Many sites also come with database software that will allow you to review your own and your opponents’ stats. This can be very helpful for spotting leaks in your strategy.

Most operators have quick payouts and use geolocation technology to make sure players are playing from a legal jurisdiction. They also follow strict consumer protection laws in the states that regulate their sites. This means that you will be protected by the full weight of US consumer law should you ever run into a problem with an operator.