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How to Choose an Online Poker Room?
Online poker is an extremely competitive business. Poker players seeking online action have an overwhelming amount of choice. In making that choice here are the criteria to consider.
First question—Are you a resident of the United States? A large fraction of the online poker venues will not serve U. S. players; so if you live in the U. S. your choices are immediately limited. If you live outside the U. S. and online poker is legal in your jurisdiction there are many more cardrooms to choose from. But, poker is a game about money and most of the money wagered online still comes from the United States. A cardroom that welcomes all players should be seriously considered even for players outside the U. S.
Second question—What kind of games do you like to play? Texas Hold’em is the most popular game in the world. When Chris Moneymaker won the Texas Hold'em main event in 2003 it triggered a poker boom all over the world. All online venues spread Hold’em with a wide variety of limits and table sizes that range from heads-up to a full 10 players. An online Hold’em player is usually quickly seated at his or her game of choice at most cardrooms. It is also possible for players with modest bankrolls to participate in the no-limit and pot-limit forms of Hold’em because of maximum buy-in rules. A player sitting at a $1-2 no-limit table at Full Tilt Poker cannot buy-in for more than $200. The rule results in a rough parity in stack size at the table so that a player who can afford a deep stack does not have a permanent advantage.