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Selecting The Right Online Poker Room

Nov 22, 2007
Over the past five years or so, Texas Holdem has grown in popularity exponentially. Online poker play has grown just the same. It would almost seem that there are new Texas Holdem online poker rooms created everyday. The truth is that there are actually only about twenty poker rooms that have legitimate traffic. The rest of the poker rooms, one should be advised to stay away from. There are ways to avoid the bad rooms and find the rooms that are trustworthy. The worst thing you can do is to deposit money into a holdem room and never get to use that money.

Traffic is the first thing you should look at before choosing the right poker room for you. Look to see how many players are there and also search should the poker rooms lobby. This lobby should offer a wide range of poker games, especially Texas holdem, and have a number of tables to play at. When surveying the lobbies, look for different limit levels and and different buy-in amounts. So if you are looking at this area and you see little traffic and a small selection of tables to play at, try and select another poker room to play at.

Another thing to look for when searching for a legit online poker room is the games it has to offer. Search to see if the site has games such as Omaha, Stud, and even Horse. Sites that offer only Texas Holdem usually are not worth your investment. It goes back to the traffic issue discussed earlier in the article. The more games offered, the more traffic, thus the more trustworthy the poker room should be.

When selecting the right online poker room graphics and game flow are important. You want to make sure that when playing, the game runs smoothly without crashing. Most of the Texas Holdem online poker rooms reveal their flaws after about 15 minutes of playing. As far as graphics, be sure you are comfortable with the layouts and overall look of the poker room. It is no fun if you are playing at a table and you are constantly distracted by the look of your play area.

One of the most important things to know before choosing a poker room is how much the site rakes from each pot. The standard rake is five percent are up to three dollars. A standard Texas Holdem online poker room takes five cents per every dollar that goes into the pot, usually there's a cap at around three dollars. You should know that this is the industry standard, most of the big rooms have the same, with a few having less. If you do choose to use a smaller poker room, be sure to check their rake so you know that you are not being robbed.

Possibly the most important item to know before playing at a particular room is knowing if your money is safe or not. Check to see if you are able to freely pull your money out and easily deposit money in. If I win I want to be able to take my money out. Poker rooms with the highest volume of player, usually are the safest with your money. Also you want to withdrawal money by using the same method you used to deposit it. You don´t want to find out that the deposit options are normal, but when you withdraw there is a whole new set of rules to go by. So there are a few of the things to look for when choosing the right online poker room for you. Always gamble responsibly and have fun playing poker online.
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