Online poker takes the concept of poker that you know and love from the back of smoky bars and casinos and cranks it up a notch. You can play for the smallest stakes possible (literally pennies) all the way up to satellite entries into the most amazing live tournaments on the planet. Online poker is not only fun but also a very intellectual game that rewards real skill unlike slots or the lottery.

The games are played using Random Number Generators that are vetted by multiple independent agencies to make sure they are fair. This is what makes poker so fun and appealing to people from all walks of life. You will occasionally hear crazy theories about rigged games but that is usually because someone lost with a flopped set or something similar and they are still upset about the loss.

To get started you will need to sign up for an account with an online poker site. This is a simple process that requires a few pieces of identification to prove you are who you say you are. Most poker sites will ask for a scan of your drivers license and a utility bill in your name at the address they have on file for you.

Once you are signed up you will want to start playing some low stakes games. This will give you the chance to observe your opponents and see their tendencies. Taking notes on your opponents will help you improve your own game by giving you a better understanding of what they are doing at the table. You will also learn how to read their hand ranges and determine if they are bluffing.