Playing Texas Hold'em online
Playing Texas Hold'em online is very similar to playing it in casinos or with your friends, but there are a few notable differences. Two of the biggest differences are that internet games are quicker and more easily accessible. If you want to play online there are loads of different reputable online poker rooms that will welcome you as a member and even give you a bonus for joining their poker site. The bonus can be a nice extra contribution to your bankroll but should never be the reason for choosing a specific poker room, because other factors will be more important for your poker playing experience and profitability. This article will focus on the mechanics of playing poker online. If you want to learn more about how to choose a good poker room to play in I recommend that you read our Texas Hold'em poker room article.
If you decided that you want to play Texas Hold'em online the first thing you need to do is choose in which poker room you want to play. Different rooms have different strengths and weaknesses. When you have chosen room you need to enter your personal data to register an account. If you want to play for real money, you also need to deposit money to the account. You can choose to play with play money for a while to start out and learn the software before you go over to play for real money.
Some poker rooms allow you to play directly in the web browser while others require you to download a poker client. Downloading the software is usually the better option as that will give you more options and a better gaming experience, but playing directly in your browser can be a good option when not having access to ones own computer etc. Also, some poker rooms do not offer downloadable poker clients for any other operative system than Windows.
Poker software is usually a quick download and once the download is done you can start the installation. Do not be surprised if the software downloads a new version of itself - there are often updates available that are more recent than those included in the installation package. This is normal and ever so often your software will update itself upon start up.
When the software is installed you can start it up and log in. You will find yourself in the lobby of the poker client. From here, you can navigate to join different cash games and tournaments, deposit and withdraw money, and a lot more. If you are ready to play you should find a suitable Texas Hold'em table (or other poker game if you so prefer) and sit down. You usually open a table by double clicking on the name and take a seat at the table by double clicking on an empty seat. A prompt will come up asking how much money you want to sit down with. Limit Texas Hold-em allows you to bring what ever amount of money you want, while No Limit and Pot Limit Texas Hold'em usually allows you to bring 100 big blinds (low limit tables sometimes allow more).
You can either choose to sit out until you are the big blind or to join the game directly. If you choose to enter the game directly you will be asked to put in an extra big blind on your first hand. Once you get your cards you have the choose to call, raise and fold.
A big difference between online Texas Hold'em and Texas Hold'em in poker clubs and casinos is that you can play several tables at the same time when playing online. This can be a bit confusing at first, but it also allow you too see a lot more action in a given period of time. Whether you elect to play at one table or to multitable is entirely up to your own preferences.
While playing poker online you will have an endless supply of opponents of all skill levels and you will never really know who you share the table with. You can not assume that you will meet weak players just because you play low stakes poker online. There are skilled players making a good living even on the lower level tables. This does not mean that you should avoid online games; it just means that you should be alert and never assume that your opponents will be unskilled on any level.