Online poker is a game that takes many of the same things that people love about live poker and cranks it up to 11 – you can play for free or for a fraction of a penny, win real money (and often lots of it), and compete against people from all over the world. It’s also an intellectual game that rewards actual skill unlike slots or the lottery. And it’s something that you can do at any time from anywhere, even on a mobile phone.
In order to play poker online you will need a good Internet connection and a device that can handle the software. Once you have these you can either download the poker site’s software or use a no download option which works fine on most modern devices. The software is designed to be relatively small so it shouldn’t take too long to download even on old computers.
Once you’ve downloaded the poker software it’s time to create a user account. This will normally involve some form of ID verification and a deposit method. It’s important to make sure that you understand how these work before you deposit any real money, although the process is usually very quick and painless.
Once you’ve started playing poker online it’s important to stick with one type of game until you know it well. It’s also a good idea to watch professional players and learn from them, although you shouldn’t get too carried away by this. You should always play poker within your means and wait until you can comfortably beat the level you’re on in both cash games and Sit n Gos before trying to move up.