Selecting an Online Poker Site
Finding the right online poker site means visiting a lot of different sites to check out what features each site has to offer. For example, you should be looking for a variety of games and good action (lots of betting), as well as checking to see if they offer both play-money and real-money games.
Tips for Choosing a Site
Choosing a site might not seem like a big decision, but you will be registering and creating an account with each site you choose, so there is a level of commitment involved. Before you click the button to download a site's software, consider the following points:
Play money is good practice. If you are new to online poker it's important that you start out by playing on sites that offer play-money games and tournaments. These games will offer you the opportunity to learn the basics while getting accustomed to the site.
It's a personal choice. While some sites are better than others, there really isn't a site that's “the best.” Like choosing a favorite restaurant, picking a poker site depends on your individual taste.
Comfort is key. Make sure you are comfortable with the graphics and avatars seated around the poker table. Remember, you will be looking at your computer screen for several hours at a time.
The site should meet your qualifications. Make sure the site offers all the games and dollar limits you want to play, along with tournaments that interest you. Also check to see if the tournament structure offers single-table tournaments, two-table tournaments, multi-table tournaments, freeroll tournaments, and satellites into the World Series of Poker tournament.
Betting limits are important. If you're going to be betting on games, make sure you have options, such as fixed-limit, pot-limit, and no-limit games.
Sites should be secure. Make sure the site you choose is secure, especially if you plan to gamble with your savings account.
Most importantly, make sure you play on sites that are comfortable and where you tend to do well. If you find yourself running cold, that could be a good time to start seeking out a new online poker site. Never be afraid to make a site change — you'll be glad you did it later.
I like the site I'm playing on, but it doesn't offer a game I just learned to play. What should I do?
You can contact your member support services team and request that they spread the game. If this is not an option, just surf the Internet and find another site that fits all your poker needs, and play there.
Poker Sites for Mac and Linux Users
For several years Mac and Linux users were out of luck when it came to downloading poker sites to their computers. That is, until a number of online poker rooms started offering a no-download Java client that is compatible with both Macs and Linux. However, today many sites offer complete versions of their software for Mac and Linux users.
Following are some sites that have offered Mac and Linux options all along:
Full Tilt Poker (
GamesGrid Poker (
Pacific Poker (