Online poker takes the traditional card game to a digital platform and allows players from around the world to play for real money. It can be a thrilling and rewarding experience but it is important to remember responsible bankroll management, seek out learning resources and engage with the poker community.

Poker games are played by two or more players with a shared pot and a set amount of chips. Players must place blind bets, known as the small and big blind, to encourage action and keep the pot in play. Players can also choose to raise or fold as their cards are dealt. Poker is a game of chance and skill, but many players become better by taking the time to study different strategies and tactics, practising frequently, analysing their gameplay and seeking help from poker coaches or online courses.

The first step is choosing a reputable poker site with a secure operating system that supports your device of choice. You will also need to provide some personal information such as your birth date, address and the last four digits of your social security number so that the operator can verify that you are of legal age to play.

Once you have signed up to a site, you can access the online poker lobby. This is usually categorized by cash games, tournaments and sit and go’s with the option to filter by the type of game you want to play. Most poker sites also offer a ‘beginner’ table where players are automatically seated with other players who have classed themselves as beginners which levels the playing field and is particularly useful for new players.