How to Play Online Poker

Online poker is a game where players pay for the privilege to play by paying rake. This isn’t something that poker sites do out of charity, they simply need to earn enough money from their customers to cover costs – a fact which doesn’t sit well with many of the players, particularly in the US.

Once you’ve registered with a poker site it is possible to log in and find tables to play on. Most sites will have a lobby with games categorized as cash games, tournaments and Sit & Go’s. Some will also have beginner tables which allow new players to be seated with other beginners and thus level the playing field.

As you play more and more hands it’s important to study the game. Watching training videos, reading poker articles and listening to podcasts all help you improve your game. But it’s crucial to study just ONE concept at a time – too many players bounce around from topic to topic, failing to fully grasp any one idea.

Once you’re comfortable with the basic rules of online poker it’s time to start winning some real cash. Before you do this make sure you’re familiar with the rules of your jurisdiction. Also be aware of the banking methods available to you. Look at how much you can add and withdraw per transaction, the minimum amount you can deposit and whether it’s instant or a longer wait. You’ll also want to review any fees or restrictions associated with these options.