Online poker has become very popular because it’s a game of actual skill unlike slots or the lottery. Players can play for money anytime, at whatever stakes they would like from the comfort of their home or office. Many people are also attracted to the fact that winning real money is possible, if you can improve your skills.
There are a number of different ways to play poker online, from cash games, to tournaments and everything in between. However, most online poker sites offer two main structures for their tables – Pot Limit and Fixed Limit games. Pot Limit games are usually marked as such in online lobbies and betting is limited to the total amount of chips in the pot. Fixed Limit games are the other common type of game found at most online poker sites and betting is restricted by pre-determined amounts.
Some players find it useful to use poker software programs while playing online. These software applications generally save and sort hand histories as well as scanning active tables for known players and displaying previous statistics from hands with those players next to their name (known as a HUD). Some programs also provide odds, equity or variance calculators.
Another handy tool for online players is PokerSnowie, which helps you better gauge and understand your opponents’ likely hand ranges in a variety of different scenarios. This can help you make more informed decisions at the table regarding things like bet sizing, raising or calling and even whether to c-bet or fold on a particular flop. Flopzilla is a similar piece of software, which is designed to help you improve your pre-flop strategy by giving you the probability that you or your opponent will hit on the flop.