Online poker takes the traditional game of poker and cranks it up a notch. It allows players to play for as little or as much money as they want. It can be played on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices. It can be played for satellite entries into world-class live tournaments or just for the chance to win big money.
Online casinos offer a great range of secure deposit and withdrawal methods including credit and debit cards, pre-paid cards, bank transfers, e-checks, third party eWallets and even good old fashioned cheques. These can be processed within seconds depending on the site. Many licensed poker sites are monitored by government and financial bodies to ensure game integrity and safe transfer of player funds.
Unlike live poker, where it is physically impossible to play more than one table at once, most online poker rooms allow players to multi-table. This allows players to maximise their profits and potentially take advantage of a looser pool of opponents. This is a very effective way to improve your profitability at a low-limit table and is generally considered a profitable strategy for most players.
Players can also make use of various poker software applications designed to improve their online playing experience. These include hand database programs which save, sort and recall all hands played online. They can also scan active tables for known players and display their previous statistics next to their name (known as a heads up display or HUD). There are also odds, equity and variance calculators available which can be used to help with decision making.