Some people play poker online because they want to win money, others do it for the sheer enjoyment of playing the game. Different players have different needs and will look for the poker site that best matches those needs.
First and foremost a poker site should be trusted and safe to use, which means being licensed by a gaming commission, using top-of-the-line encryption methods for player data protection, and being regularly audited by an independent third-party security firm. It’s also a good idea to read reviews of poker sites to see what other players have had to say about their experiences with the site.
Once you’ve found a trustworthy poker site it’s time to check out the variety of games on offer. There are a number of different poker variants but the most popular is no-limit Texas Hold’em where you get two cards and try to combine them with five community cards in the best possible poker hand.
Most poker sites will offer a range of game types including cash games, tournaments and Sit & Go’s. They will also usually offer “beginner” tables which are a great way to level the playing field for newcomers as you’ll be seated with only other players who classify themselves as beginners.
The software used to run poker games on a poker site can vary greatly but in general it should be easy to download and shouldn’t demand too much memory from even the slowest of internet connections. Some sites will also offer a no download version of the software but these tend to be less feature rich than their download counterparts.