So, you’ve selected that you want to play poker Online, and your look for the perfect site has initiated. But sad to say, there are literally hundreds of poker sites on the internet. How do you discriminate between all of these available sites, to find that desired site? There are several key criteria that you should know of, in your quest to find the poker site that is good for you. Understanding these criteria, and being able to use them as a basis for comparison, will significantly easily simplify your selection process:
Free Poker — If you are looking to play on line poker for pure recreation, and not for the money, ensure that the site you are interested in fits “free” players. Most on line poker sites do cater to free players poker online.
Software Download versus. Web-based — Most, if not all, on line poker sites need you to download their poker client software onto your computer system to run. If you are adverse to downloading such software onto your system, then you might want to confirm if the poker site alternatively has a web-based poker program, which allows you to play poker on the site from within your web browser. Software installations run the potential risk of trojans and/or spyware being loaded onto your system (although most of the reputable firms would not do that), but software installations on your computer generally run much faster than web-based sessions. Software installs harness the ability of your local Pc’s CPU, whereas web-based interfaces rely on downloading any screen real estate updates over the internet during play. This can be slow, particularly, if you are running over a slow internet connection (e. grams., a dialup line). Hence, if you are after speed, select local software installs; if you are concerned about your pc’s safety or cannot pay the disk space employed by a software installation, purchase a web-based poker site.
Methods of Deposit/Withdrawal — If you are planning to play poker for the money over the internet, it is very important to consider the methods of deposit and revulsion that a poker site supports. Many of these sites permit major credit cards to be used, which seem to be the general deposit mechanism of choice. Others permit the use of bank transfer, VERY transfer, checks, and cord transfer from banks. Most poker sites also support some form of 3rd party eWallets, which provide an intermediary between financial institutions and the poker site itself. The main criteria to look at are: 1) What methods of deposit/withdrawal are supported by the poker site, and how many of these methods are supported by the place that you live in?; 2) Is it legal to fund/withdraw to/from a poker site, from the legal system that you are playing in?; 3) What are the fees associated with the 3rd party eWallet companies that you are able to use, and how reliable are they (this latter question can be researched on some of the poker message forum boards)?
Place Constraints — Some poker sites restrict the playing for the money (and even free play sometimes), based on your place, and the laws overseeing playing in your place. You should check with the laws of your local legal system and check with the poker site, to see if there are any charged constraints on play, based on your place.
Support — You should definitely look at the methods of support that a poker site offers. Poker sites generally provide one (or more) methods of support that is included in: telephone support, fax support, Email support, and live chat support. The more of these that a poker site offers, the better. For telephone support, check if the poker site offers toll-free support from your playing legal system or not.
Game Variety — Depending on your level of poker playing expertise and your interest in variety, it is important to determine which game types the poker site supports. The vast majority of the sites offer Holdem poker, but depending on your level of interest, you should confirm if they offer games like Five and Seven Card Stud, Omaha Poker (and all of its variations), Blackjack (not poker, but often included as a game option), Stud (and its variations), Draw poker, Contest support, and limit and pot limit games. Tourneys in particular are very favored by on line poker sites, and some site tourneys offer very big prize costly.
Bonuses — Most, but not all, of the poker sites offer some form of bonus to the player, when you initially sign up with the site. Each web-site’s bonus is somewhat different, but of the one’s that offer first time bonus, it is usually predicated on a minimum initial deposit. Many bonuses are also calculated based on the amount of money placed and spent on the site. Additionally, many sites offer refill bonuses, which are bonuses available to existing customers, beyond their initial deposit bonus, and as a reason to keep you as a customer.
Graphics and Useability — This is a very important consideration. Every poker site has a different look and feel to it. If you are going to be playing poker for the money, it is important that you feel safe with the screen graphics and your capacity to navigate (via mouse or keyboard clicks) through the poker program. If you feel uncomfortable at all with the poker site, you should definitely not consider playing at it for the money. You should always test a poker site out in “free” mode first, before actually considering it for real-money wagering.
Game Features — You should always consider the game features that are available with a given poker site. Game features such as hand history, multiple simultaneous playing windows, player notes, clear and visual indicators, player statistics, connection status indicator, player chat, turbo games, and screen options should always be regarded.