Playing poker online has become a global phenomenon. When poker can be played from the comfort of ones home then why go elsewhere. The growth in online poker has led to a proliferation of online poker rooms as well. Hence choosing an online poker room requires careful consideration.
The player cannot carry out detailed due diligence of the online poker room because he does not have the time or resources. Therefore he should depend on the authority that has issued the license to the online poker room. Some jurisdictions are more reputed for the checks that they carry out before issuing licenses. These checks involve ascertaining the integrity and the financial capacity of the owners and the randomness and correctness of the poker software. Some of the reputed jurisdictions are Kahnawake, Antigua, Gibraltar, Alderney and Isle of Man. Players should not wager at unlicensed online poker rooms or those that do not display valid licenses.
There are a number of poker variants, which are played with different stakes and betting structures. The player has to ensure that his preferred choices are available at the online poker room. Usually all online poker rooms offer cash games in Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Seven Card Stud. If the player wants to play the other variants then he would have to look around. Similarly the No Limit betting structure is more commonly available that the Limit or Pot Limit betting structures.
One of the most important factors in choosing an online poker room is the rake. The rake is the amount taken from each pot by the online poker room. In most online poker room the rake would depend on the poker variant, the stakes and the betting structure. The player must be clear as to which parameters he is interested in and compare the rakes for only those parameters across online poker rooms. Since the rake is the recurring cost the player has to pay it makes sense in choosing reputed online poker rooms with the lowest rakes even if it means forgoing larger bonuses and more attractive promotions.
Many players join online poker rooms to participate in the tournaments on offer. Broadly the tournaments can be divided into two types. Some tournaments are freerolls or have low buy ins but offers smaller prize pools. Other poker tournaments have larger buy ins and larger prize pools. The player has to be clear about his level of risk and return and find an online poker room that caters to it. If the player is interested in participating in live land based poker tournaments he should look for poker rooms that offer packages to such poker rooms as prizes in online tournaments and promotions.
Liquidity is another consideration that players have to keep in mind while choosing online poker rooms. Liquidity refers to the number of players wagering in cash games at any time. Players at poker rooms with greater liquidity find it easier to get tables with their choice of games and stakes. Also in the long run greater liquidity leads to lower rakes.
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