Online poker is played on PCs and Macs using specialized poker software. You can play at any time of the day or night, and there are always plenty of tables to choose from. You’ll be able to play cash games, tournaments, Sit & Go’s, and any other type of game the site runs. Most of these will be in Texas Hold’em but you’ll also find Omaha and other types on some sites.
The software itself is a small download and won’t take up much space on your computer. Then you’ll have to create a user account, which is usually done by filling out a form that asks for your name, address, email, and phone number (required if you want to play for real money). Once your account has been created you’ll need to select a screen name.
Most poker sites have a cashier tab, where you’ll be able to deposit and withdraw money. Here you’ll find anywhere from 3 to 20+ banking options, including credit and debit cards, bank wires, money transfers and checks. Look for a poker site that accepts your preferred method(s) and has low minimum deposits and withdrawal limits.
There’s a big short term luck element in poker, especially at the lower levels. But this is what makes the game so exciting and keeps bad players coming back for more. It’s no different than if a beginner chess player gets smashed 10 times in a row by a much stronger opponent but then manages to suckout and win one game.