Online poker is a game of cards played for money on the Internet. It takes the classic card game and turns it into a global community of players from around the world, playing for any stakes they can imagine, from freerolls to satellite entries into the biggest live tournaments in the world. All of this from a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Learning to play online poker requires a little patience and practice. But mastery of the game is achievable for anyone who is committed to putting in the time and effort needed to become a good player. The first step is to select a reputable poker site with secure software, mobile-friendly games, and excellent user reviews. Once you have chosen a site, register an account by providing your personal information, completing any identity verification processes (if required), and agreeing to the site’s terms and conditions.

After you’ve registered you’ll be able to log in to the poker site and access its lobby, which is typically categorized by cash games, Sit & Gos, tournaments, and special formats like satellites. The best online poker sites also have a variety of games to choose from, including the classics such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha, as well as more complex casino-style games like seven-card stud and five-card draw.

When you’re ready to play for real money, make sure you select a table that is suitable for your skill level and bankroll. Most sites offer beginner tables where you can be seated with other players who classify themselves as beginners, which dramatically levels the playing field for new players.