Online poker is a game of skill and strategy where players bet on their chances of winning. It takes place on a computer, tablet or smartphone and can be played for the smallest stakes possible, right up to satellite entries into the biggest live tournaments around the world.
The first step is finding a site that works with your country and is approved by a respected gaming authority. The best sites are reputable, have a large variety of games and tournaments and are well populated. They are also safe to use and have a range of payment options including credit cards and cryptocurrencies.
Once a player has found a suitable site they can register and create a username and password. This process is usually quick and easy and there are age verification checks in place. Once the account is created a player can login and start playing.
Most sites will have a lobby where the games and tournaments are listed. It is usually categorized by cash games, sit & go’s and the different tournament formats. There may also be a “beginner” tab where new players will be automatically seated with other players who have selected this option. This dramatically levels the playing field and can help new players get comfortable with the speed and features of an online poker room.
Once a player feels confident enough to play multiple tables they should do so gradually. Adding more tables at once can be daunting for new players and they should focus on getting their bankroll up to the level where they can play comfortably on one table before adding any extras.