Online poker is a great game for those who want to play from the comfort of their own home. All you need is a computer or a mobile phone and an internet connection. The first step is to find a site that you like and download their software (if applicable). The programs usually take a few minutes to download and are virus-free. Once the software has finished downloading you will need to create an account. This is where you will need to choose a screen name and password. You will only be able to have one account on an online poker site so make sure you choose wisely.
Most poker sites have a player-friendly lobby that is divided into cash games, sit and go’s and tournaments. Some of these rooms will also have a beginner friendly section that makes it easier for new players to find soft games. Ignition Poker is a good example of an online poker room that is known for its player-friendly features. They have anonymous tables that prevent bum-hunting and eliminate the predatory aspect of some cash game and sit & go lobbies.
As a new player you will need to find an edge at the table by learning how to read your opponents. Unlike in live poker it is not as important to read physical ‘tells’ but instead focus on reading their betting tendencies. If you are the first to act it is often best to fold, while if you are in late position you can sometimes steal a few blind bets with a cheeky raise.