Online Poker Beginners Guide - Online Poker 101

Online Poker Tutorial

Everyone is a beginner at something at some point and online poker is no different. If you are reading this, you probably have never played poker online before and have a number of questions before you start depositing your money into the poker rooms. There are plenty of people with the same questions.

The goal of this online poker for beginners guide is to present you a step-by-step guide on how to start playing poker online. If you still have questions, please contact us or leave a comment at the bottom of the page, and we will attempt to find the answer for you.

1. Finding an Online Poker Room

If you have never played online poker before, you are probably not aware of many of the poker rooms that are available on the Internet today. There are literally hundreds of them, but we have made this quite easy for you. Of the many poker rooms available, we have narrowed it down several listed on our Online Poker Rooms page. On that page, you will find a list of poker rooms that we have played at, researched, and subsequently, won plenty of money playing poker there. Each room has its own poker review so you can read the details of the poker room before you visit the site. Once you find a site you are interested in, the next step is to download their poker software.

USA Poker Players: If you are from the USA, you will want to check out US Poker Rooms page for a list of poker rooms accepting US poker players.

2. Downloading the Online Poker Room Software

What makes our online poker for beginners guide so nice, is that everything you need is right here on our site. Let’s say you would like to start playing at PokerStars because of their Sunday $1 Million guaranteed tournament.

  • You can simply Download PokerStars
  • When you attempt to download, you will get a “file download box” that pops up.
  • You will have the option to either run or save the file.
  • Click Run
  • From there, a setup box will pop up and it will say “This will install PokerStars. Do you wish to continue?”
  • Click on Yes - The software will start to download on your computer. It should only take a minute or two at the most to download, depending on your Internet connection speed.
  • A shortcut will usually get installed to your desktop automatically, to make it easy to find on your computer. A shortcut is just a small graphic of the poker software that shows on your computer’s desktop.
  • PokerStars will also more than likely, start up right after the download. If it does not, just Double-Click the PokerStars graphic on your computer, with your mouse.

Notes: It does not cost you anything to Download an online poker room. You can download for free at any of the rooms.

3. Register an Online Poker Account

At this point your software is on your computer and you are all set and ready to register an account. In most cases, the option to register a new account will pop up right away. If it does not, then you have 2 other options.

1. When the software starts up there is a Sign In section. If you go to that you will see a spot to sign up for a new account.

2. If you cannot find the Sign In section, navigate to the top of the lobby and then go to Account>Create Account.

From there, you are on your own with registering. All you have to do is fill in all of your personal information and you will be ready to play. The only other step that you will need to take in order to have your account ready will be to validate the account.

Validate the Account

You will get an email after you register where you will have a validation code. There will also be a link as well, that will lead you to the place where you can validate your account. Once you get there, just type in the validation code, and you are set and ready to go.

4. Make Your Deposit at the Online Poker Room

The next thing you will need to do in order to start your online poker campaign will be to make a deposit. The minimum deposit can vary anywhere between $20 and $50 depending on the deposit method you use and the poker site you choose. There are a lot of different ways that you can fund your poker account.

Note: We will have a detailed section on poker room deposit methods in the next week or so, but in the meantime, each online poker site has a section dedicated to their specific poker deposit methods if you are looking for more information.