How to choose an Online Poker site

You’ve decided to play poker online. Now your search for the best site has begun. Unfortunately, the Internet is full of hundreds upon hundreds of poker sites. How do you choose from all the available sites and find the right one? You should know the following key criteria when searching for the best poker site. This will greatly simplify the selection process.

No-cost Poker – Playing online poker for fun and entertainment is a good idea. Most online poker sites do cater to free players.

Software download vs. Web based – To run most online poker sites, you will need to install their poker client software on your computer. If you don’t want to install such software on your system, you might check to see whether the poker site offers a web-based interface. This allows you to play poker directly from your browser. While software installation can carry the risk of viruses or adware being downloaded onto your system (although many reputable firms will never do that), software installed on your computer is generally more efficient than web-based sessions. Software installations draw on the power of the local CPU. Web-based interfaces use the Internet to download screen real estate changes. This can make it slow, especially if your internet connection is slow (e.g., dialup). You can speed up your downloads by choosing local software. If you have concerns about your computer’s safety, or cannot afford the disk space required for software installations, you should choose a web-based site that offers poker.

Methods to Deposit/Withdraw It is crucial to look at the withdrawal and deposit options that poker sites offer. These sites often allow you to use major credit cards. This seems to be the best deposit option. Some sites permit bank transfer, ACH transfers, checks and wire transfer from banks. A majority of poker sites allow third-party eWallets to be used as an intermediary between the banking institutions and the site. It is important to consider: 1) What deposit and withdrawal methods are supported at the poker site? And 2) Which methods are supported in your locality? 2) Is it allowed to fund/withdraw from a poker site in the jurisdiction you are playing in? ; (3) What fees do you have to pay for third-party eWallet services that you can use? (This question can be found on the poker message board boards).

Restrictions Some poker sites prohibit the play for money (or even free play) based on the laws that govern gambling in your area. Check with your local authorities and the poker site to determine if there are any restrictions.

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