Considerations for playing online poker

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Playing online poker for real money is a lot of fun, and can be quit profitable for good players. Finding the poker room that will work for you is an important part of the equation. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing online poker sites to play at. You must consider where you live. When and at what stakes you play. You also must consider your own computer, and internet connection.

The first one is simple, where you live. But it can be a big factor in the poker site you choose. If you live in the US, you will find many poker networks are closed off to you. If you live in Italy and France you will find you have to play at online poker sites just for you and your countrymen. The residents of many countries, most of Europe, South America and Asia will be able to play at most online poker sites.

The stakes you play at might be an important factor. If you like to play $0.25 – $0.50 NL Texas Hold’em, you can play just about anywhere, anytime and find a game. But if you like to play ultra-high stakes poker, you will have to find a site that has those tables running, such as Full Tilt Poker. Not all sites have micro-stakes, so if you like very low stakes, you will need a site that offers that. The larger poker sites will have a larger selection of games and stakes and they will be more likely to have these games running, especially in off hours. Smaller poker sites will have more intimate settings, where you can really get to know your opponents.

The computer you have and the internet connection you use can be a factor. If you have a newer computer, with windows and a high speed internet connection, it is not a factor. But, if you have a Mac or a Linux computer you will have to be sure the software will work on your computer. Many sites have software for Mac/Linux, and even more have flash versions that require no download you can use.

If you are playing poker online for real money, you should be using a high speed internet connection. However, if this just is not possible, then you need to pay attention to how a site handles time-outs. Poker sites have different policies for how they handle players that lose their internet connection. And many sites have ‘turbo’ or ‘fast’ tables where you must act quickly or be folded.

Obviously, these are only a few of many things to consider when searching for the best poker sites. But this is a list of a few tips to get you started thinking of some of the technical issues of playing poker online.