Online poker IDN PLay is the game of cards played over the Internet and it has been responsible for a huge increase in the number of players worldwide. It’s usually played for real money but there are also free play games that can be enjoyed too.
To play poker online you must have a decent computer and stable internet connection. You will normally have the choice to download a software client or just access the site in your browser. The software is generally quite lightweight and shouldn’t put too much demand on memory. Once downloaded you will need to create a user account (on some sites this is done before downloading the software) and then deposit funds. You must be at least 18 years old or the minimum legal age in your jurisdiction to play poker. There will also be age checks and you’ll need to provide proof of identity before you can withdraw your winnings.
There are a huge number of different online poker sites and they vary in size and features. Some are standalone and some part of larger networks such as the iPoker network. The large network sites tend to have higher traffic but there are also smaller standalone rooms that are a bit more niche and may offer better softer games.
The major sites will have a very wide range of game types and tournament formats on offer. This will include cash games, sit & go’s and special format events like fast fold. Many sites also run a variety of promotions and tournament series including high rollers and women’s events.
Some of the bigger online poker sites have dedicated support teams and a team of trained professional players who can help you with any issues that you might have. They can also answer any questions you might have about the rules and strategy of the game. They can be contacted via live chat, email or phone and the team will generally be available to help you 24/7.
Most sites will have a number of banking options available for both deposits and withdrawals. This will vary by region but should include credit cards, debit cards, pre-paid cards, e-wallets and bank transfers. Withdrawals can be processed quickly and you will often receive your funds within an hour.
While it’s important to remember that it’s not legal to gamble for real money in every state, most have laws on the books that allow for some form of legal gambling. New Jersey for example has just recently joined a group of states that have legalized online poker and will share their player pool with the rest of the MSIGA.
There is no plan to legalize online poker in Massachusetts at this time and any sites that claim otherwise are operating illegally. However, if online poker takes off in neighboring states such as Connecticut then there could be a discussion about it in the future.