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How to Play Online Poker

Online poker is growing all the time. You can play on the go with mobile apps or you can log into your favorite site from the comfort of your home. The games are regulated and players’ account funds and personal information is protected. Depositing and withdrawing money are easy and there are a variety of payment options including credit cards, e-wallets and even bank transfers. You’ll need to be at least 18 years old or the minimum age allowed in your jurisdiction to play online poker and you may be subject to identity checks as well.

It can be tempting to jump into a high stakes game when you start playing poker online, but if you’re new to the game, it’s best to move up in small increments. This allows you to learn the game and build up your bankroll slowly. You’ll also be able to avoid making mistakes that can cost you a lot of money.

The first thing to do when you play poker online is familiarize yourself with the interface. It takes a little bit of time, but it’s worth it to figure out how the buttons work and what they do. A few minutes spent learning the layout can speed up your play and could save you from a big mistake down the road.

In addition to knowing how the buttons work, you’ll want to be familiar with the betting structures used in the game. Online poker games can be played with pot limit, fixed limit or no limit betting. Knowing what each type means will help you determine how much to bet or raise and will improve your decision making.

Another important skill to master when playing poker online is the art of bluffing. Unlike live poker, when you’re playing online you can’t see your opponent or pick up on their tells like a twitch of the nose or subtle eye dart. Instead, you’ll need to focus on picking up on their betting history and making reads from that.

One of the most common mistakes made by players when they play poker online is acting too tight. Tight aggressive players, or TAGs, are the most common player types in online poker and they happen to be the best players, on average. This type of player is very tight when they don’t have a good hand, but they’re ultra-aggressive when they do have a strong one.

Keeping your poker environment as quiet and as clean as possible will help you make better decisions and avoid rushing into bad plays. It’s hard to focus with a TV on, music blaring, family and friends calling or the Internet constantly pinging you with notifications. Treat poker the way top athletes treat their sport and eliminate distractions so you can zone in on the game. It’s also normal to run bad over a short period of time when you move up the stakes, so don’t take it personally and just drop back down for a while and grind it out.