The large world of online poker games can sometimes be confusing – but only if you are not informed. There have indeed been some rogue sites in the past that would rather take money from their customers than pay them out, or hack them to death with unnecessary fees. Luckily for the world of online poker, it’s actually a lot more legit than people think.
There are several major online poker rooms that are well known as “legit”. Some of these sites have massive amounts of players, while others have moderate amounts of players. Some of the online poker sites are actually skins of other ones, and some are even skins of those. So, you’ll need to look at a review site before you actually start playing, that way you will be informed. This is especially true if you are normally a live poker player, and don’t really know too many of the online poker rooms.
I can name some of the top 3 places you can go to in terms of volume, right off the top of my head. Those would be Poker Stars, Full Tilt, and Party Poker. These sites have lots of small differences, large difference and even lots of nuances that will make one player favor one over the other. Your best bet is to read other player’s opinions before you get going.
One of the best parts about any of these sites is that they offer play money, and some of them are only play money sites. That means that you can practice your skills, play ring games, play in larger or small poker tournaments, with friends or strangers, and you will have virtual chips to play with. I’m sure most of us start off online poker in the play money sections, I know I did for sure!
If you are confident with your play already, there is no reason that you cannot play in the real money tables. Some people think it’s too much of a hassle to get money on or offline these days, but it’s actually the opposite. There are literally dozens of different online payment processors that deal with online poker sites no problem, and of course their are major credit cards and bank transfers which almost all sites accept.
Remember, stick to the major rooms with lots of volume, and you’ll never run into a site that isn’t above board!