Let's start with differences of online poker from off line poker game and the pros and cons of the online version. The main principal difference is obvious – gamblers, the opponents cannot see each other. Hence, on one hand a player does not have to maintain his "poker image" and on the other hand the player cannot "read" the opponent hand by focusing on the Body Language. So, in online poker room the psychological moment of the game is rather weak, for somebody it is good and for someone it is not so good. In other respects online poker presents only advantages and it will take a long time to name all of them. Here are the main ones.
Any room the same as any online casinos work 24 hours a day 365 days a year and any gambler may play all around the clock hole year.
A player does not have to tog up and go somewhere. Playing poker online at the computer is more comfortable that at the casino table.
The gambler can choose from a wide variety of games including the rarest ones, may play during a fifteen minute break; or leave the table any time. Players may participate in a number of tournaments and cash-games, can play short handed tables or face-to-face, may play at several online poker room tables at a time, play many games in an hour with simultaneous shuffling and dealing. Time limit for decision taking makes the game more dynamic. The players do not have to control and count the jackpot and their own chips.
Playing poker online is a good practice for the beginners playing micro limits which cannot be found in off line casino.
Before playing the game.
If you are ready to play poker online, you should install client programs. Basically the software comprises two parts – server part – here the cards are generated and information about all the gamblers is collected. Client's part – here the player sees the cards, opponents and makes gaming decisions. Both parts of the software are connected via the Internet and constantly exchange information.
Client programs can be of two types: downloaded (executable programs) and non-downloaded (flash or java, played in the browser). Non-downloaded programs are less convenient though their number is increasing. To play non-downloaded poker room version a gambler should, as a rule, press some button like "Instant Play", then a small browser window will be opened and the poker room software will be downloaded there. If this is java program, the player should have java scripts enabled in his browser, flash plug-in should be installed to view flash. The players are likely to have Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher with 128-byte encryption.
If you prefer downloaded version (and it is more convenient and functional), please find the section "Download" at the web site and download the program (usually 4-8 Mb, though sometimes occur small ones less than 1MB; they download the software after the launch and then will install the client). When the download is complete, start the program and it will install the client program. As a rule the client will automatically add the icon of the poker room at your desktop or to folder "Programs".
Rules for the registration at the poker rooms, money depositing and withdrawal of the winning money are the same as in online casinos. When registering, fill out the application, indicate your full name, address, phone number, email, select login and password, and also your screen name that will be used during the poker room playing sessions. Almost all online poker rooms accept cards. There are a few e-wallets such as Moneybookes, Neteller, Firepay and so on to ease the players funding options.