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Locating the Best Poker Room

Jul 8, 2008
With the hundreds of online poker sites in the Internet, all claiming and advertising to be the best, how do you identify which one is really the best among the rest?

There are several things that you should consider when hunting for the best site. These are the rules of the room, its features, the rake, payouts, and the number of players currently and loyally playing in the house.

Rules of the Room

First things first. Find out the rules of the poker room and ask yourself if you can live with it. Are the rules fair or do you think the required deposit is too huge for a beginner like you?

What is Being Offered?

Find out also what freebies and sign up bonuses the room offers. In short, what do they have that other sites don't? This can be a deciding point for you especially if bonuses and freebies are a big thing for you. Aside from this, find out also what games and services the room offers. If you're a serious poker player, you will consider this more important than anything else. The site should be able to offer a variety of poker games and should also have a 24/7 help desk that will cater to your every need.

Rake

The rake is the commission taken by the operators of the site to cover for overhead costs such as support, software and personnel. Poker is not played against the house, so poker rooms charge rake in order to make money. Rake is taken from every cash game pot, and it is generally about 5% of the pot size. It is imperative that you ask about this and check if your pocket can accommodate this extra cost.

Payouts

Check how the site pays out winnings to its players. It should have a number of options. Normally, a poker room lets you select the type of payment which is most convenient for you. It can be through Neteller, bank wire transfers or some other option - each having its corresponding fees and lead times. American users might have limited deposit and cash out options available due the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act (UIGEA).

Existing Players

The number of players playing in a particular poker room can say a lot about the site. If there are hundreds of them who play and come back, then the site you're eying at might be a good one. If not, then you should consider looking around some more.

It is also wise and very helpful to read site reviews. There are numerous poker site reviews available online which gives you an intensive and objective analysis of every poker room.

Locating the best poker room is easy if you know what you're looking for. And because every poker player is different from the rest, it is possible that a poker site your friend considers the best won't exactly work for you. Do your homework, and you'll end up playing in a poker room that will let you experience the most fun and thrilling poker games of your life.
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Author recommends using rakeback poker loyalty program, and reading poker forums for advice.
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