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How to Play Online Poker

Online poker is an extremely popular game for many reasons. It is a fun, easy to play, intellectual game that rewards actual skill unlike slots or the lottery. It is also something you can do from the comfort of your own home and at any time for whatever stakes you would like. In addition, winning real money from it is quite possible.

Several software applications exist to help improve your online poker game. These include hand database programs that save and sort hand histories. They can also display previous statistics from hands with known players next to their name (known as a heads up display or HUD). Other tools may scan your current hands and identify any holes in your strategy, or provide odds, equity or variance calculators.

In order to begin playing online poker you will need a good computer and an internet connection. Once you have both you will need to register with the site by providing your personal details, completing any identity verification process required and agreeing to the sites terms and conditions. After this you will need to deposit funds into your account using a secure method such as credit or debit cards, e-wallets or bank transfers.

Once you have sufficient funds in your account you will be ready to begin playing. The lobby is usually categorized by cash games, tournaments and Sit & Go’s and should offer filters to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Many sites also offer “beginner” tables which are highly recommended for new players as they will only place you in a table with other players who have classified themselves as beginners. This can dramatically level the playing field for new players and help them get accustomed to the speed of the game.