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Introduction to Online Poker

Are you interested in playing online poker?

You’re not the only one. According to these 2007-2009 (pre-Black Friday) stats, more than 15 million people in the United States play poker online for real money. Which is about 2.5% of the entire adult population.

Can you blame them? I can’t – online poker is FAR better than playing live. Here are just a few of the many reasons I prefer it:

Plenty of action

Since you can play multiple tables, you can have as much action as you can handle. Some sites let you play as many as 40+ tables. That’s not possible offline.

No problem finding a game

It might be a cash game. Or, a tournament. You might have to play holdem instead of omaha. But you’ll always be able to find a game to join. That’s not the case offline.

Large guaranteed tournaments

What brick and mortar casino do you know of that frequently hosts 6 and 7-figure guaranteed tournaments? Like, once per week, or even daily? I can’t think of any. But most online poker rooms do.

Lower limit games

You can play cash games for as low as .01/.02 per hand, or tournaments starting at .05

Unique game variations

Online you have LOTS of unique game variations to choose from – many of which are not available (or even possible) offline. One example that comes to mind is fast fold poker.

I could go on and on. There are so many reasons to give online poker a shot, even if you’re a diehard live player.

But, getting started is scary. Especially if you’re brand new to poker.

And the internet adds an extra level of anxiety. Is it safe to play poker online? Is your information secure? Are the games rigged? Is it legal? Where do I play? How do I get started? I’d be surprised if you haven’t at least asked yourself one of these questions.

The good news – we totally get where you’re coming from. We were once new to online poker, too. But now we help poker players like you, new or veteran, get started online.

What you’ll find on this page is an introduction to online poker. Below we cover the details we feel ALL players should know and have an understanding of if they wish to play online.