Online poker in the U.S. has become a popular form of entertainment in recent years. Despite what happened on Black Friday when the poker community in the U.S. was wiped out, over ten years have passed and it’s finally making a comeback. Data from the World Poker Tour (WPT) revealed that there was an estimated 100 million online poker players globally, with 60 million in the United States alone, as of 2021. The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event held in Las Vegas had a near record-breaking 8,663 entries. These figures prove that poker is back and the industry is booming once again!
Whether it’s due to the convenience of playing from home, the social aspects of making friends, or just wanting to learn and improve at the game, many online poker sites have opened up to meet the rising demand. But choosing a site to play poker at can be difficult, and may even confusing. There are many things that you need to look for in a site to make sure your experience is safe and enjoyable. Newcomers may need some guidance with choosing an online poker website and that’s what we’re going to help out with today.
1. Check if online poker is legal in your state
This may sound strange, but more than half of the states allow live poker, whether in card rooms or casinos, but online poker for real money is allowed only in a few states. This is because each state is allowed to make their own laws regarding gaming, and according to lawmakers, live poker is different from online poker. As of this writing, only 5 states have legalized online poker for real money, and those states are Nevada, New Jersey, Michigan, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. With the current rise in the popularity of online poker, more states will likely follow suit. So keep an eye out for further developments in the online casino market and be sure to check out the laws in your state before trying out any poker site for real money.
2. Master the basics
Anybody can download an app and jump into a poker game. But there’s no point in playing online poker if you don’t understand poker – that means knowing the poker hand rankings system and understanding different terms and variants of the game. This is crucial because you could lose a lot of money on the line and if you get confused and think a flush beats a full house, it could end up being a very costly mistake. While the two hands do both begin with the letter “F,” and they are next to each other in the ranking chart, the full house, also called a “boat,” always beats a flush. Memorizing the poker hands ranking chart is the first part of mastering the basics.
3. Make sure you can easily deposit and withdraw funds
Playing poker online is just like playing poker inside a casino – you’ll need to deposit funds to get started. But the difference online is you’ll need to put in your personal information and financial data when you set up an account. Therefore, it’s crucial that you check the site out for the type of payment methods they accept and ensure that they are the ones you prefer. For example, some sites accept certain over-the-counter bank payments, credit cards, PayPal, and even cryptocurrencies. The online poker site should make it easy for you to deposit and withdraw your money when you need to. Be sure to check the site’s maximum daily withdrawal limit because this can become an issue if you need to withdraw beyond what is allowed.
Poker is booming and online poker is now available once again to anyone with a mobile device and an internet connection. Keep these tips in mind for an enjoyable all-in poker experience. We hope these suggestions will help you, and for more content on entertainment, check out our piece entitled Ways to Stay Entertained When the Power Is Out.