Online poker is a fun, easy to learn game that rewards real skill unlike slots or the lottery. It can be played for the smallest stakes imaginable (literally pennies) or you can compete with the world’s best players for satellite entries into the biggest live events. And you can do it from your desktop computer, laptop or phone or tablet.
The requirements for playing poker online are minimal and you can usually get away with using your computer or smartphone that you use to browse the web on. It helps if you have a fast connection but even dial-up will work for most sites. There are also mobile apps available for playing poker on the go which will let you take your game with you wherever you are.
Most reputable online poker sites will have a good range of tournaments and cash games. They will also offer Sit & Go’s and whatever other special format games they run. Many sites will have “beginner” tables which allow new players to be seated with other players who have classified themselves as beginners so they don’t find themselves sitting next to sharks too quickly.
A lot of people will invest time and money into learning the game and will want to track their results to see where they are winning or losing. There are a number of poker tracking programs that can be used including Holdem Manager and PokerTracker which both have a HUD that will display your statistics and information on your opponents while you’re seated.