Poker Sites FAQ

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General Poker Site Questions

What's the difference between one online poker site to the next?

There is a world of difference between the top online poker sites and the bottom tier online poker sites. Rest assured, in our online poker site reviews we only list the very best sites as seen on our top 10 page. Other factors that differentiate online poker sites are bonuses, customer support, game variation and tournaments. To ensure our visitors don't end up a rogue poker sites we also run a blacklist listing ones to avoid and what to look out for.

What is the best online poker site?

We have listed the best online poker sites according to several different major factors that are usually used in determining the value of an online poker site. Many players are keen on finding out what's the best poker site - so this site was created with them in mind. Different people may see the reason to play at a real money online poker site differently, so we have created as detailed an account as possible.

What makes a good online poker site?

Several factors make a good online poker site. The first and most important is the poker software itself, how smooth is the gameplay and how nice are the features and graphics. Other things make up a good online poker site as well, such as superb customer service, great online bonuses and more. Another great way for you to determine if an online poker site is good is to read some reviews about that particular site. At PokerSites.com we provide readers with detailed reviews of each site we recommend, as well as video guides that show you the main features, advantages and disadvantages of each site. We also encourage players to leave their own reviews of the site so that our readers can get the clearest picture possible.

Is it legal to play online poker in the USA?

Yes, it's legal to play poker in the USA and every other country for that matter. Some laws make it difficult for banks to process certain credit cards, but the actual playing of online poker is still legal. Some poker sites decided to opt out of accepting US players, but there are still plenty to choose from if you reside in the United States.

How does an online poker site make money off me? Does it have to do with rake?

Yes, rake is how an online poker site makes money off of players. Each hand a player participates in there is a small amount deducted from the winning pot. The rake comes out of every hand on an online poker site that reaches requirements.

Can I play poker for free?

Yes, almost all online poker sites have a 'play money' option where you can play against other players without depositing any real money. Some sites now even hold tournaments for their play money players with real prizes such as iPods and other gadgets. If you want to play for free or just for fun check out our 10 top poker sites all of which offer play money games, just select play for fun once you've downloaded the software.

What criteria does PokerSites.com use to rank sites?

PokerSites.com has a detailed guide with information on how sites are ranked and listed. See the How We Rate page.

Software, Banking and Security

Is online poker safe? Are my payment details safe?

Yes your details are 100% safe at any online poker site that we are promoting in our poker reviews section. Online poker sites have some of the best customer protection and identity protection out of any online industry, obviously out of necessity.

How Do I download poker software?

It's extremely easy to download poker site software, with a one click download and a one click installation!

Why do online poker sites ask me for my personal information?

Poker sites need your personal information to know where to send your money after you win. It's also done to protect other player's on the site as to who your real identity is.

How fast can I cash my money out of an online poker site?

You can cash your winnings out of an online poker site at any time you please. The process is easy and all major online poker sites have several different withdrawal methods for you to choose from. See out list of the fastest cashout poker sites here.

What do online poker sites do about collusion and cheating?

Collusion and cheating are a poker site's number one priority. There are large teams at any given poker site actively monitoring suspicious behaviour, just like at a regular online poker site.

Do I have to download poker software to my computer?

No, many online poker sites offer No download poker site software along with the traditional download version, so you don't have to download anything to your computer if you don't want to.

Do different online poker sites have different bonus offers?

Yes, this is something that is different at every online poker site. Although online poker sites sometimes change their top bonuses over time, you can keep track by reading our online poker bonus rankings, in an easy to use chart.

I saw a poker site with a "reload bonus"... what is it?

A reload bonus offered at an online poker site allows you to get more bang for your buck on any deposit that isn't your first one. For instance on your 2nd deposit, a poker site will give you maybe 50% more on top of your deposit, that is a reload bonus.

Do I need to pay taxes on my winnings from an online poker site?

This is a question that varies widely from country to country. Refer to your local tax laws on gambling for more information, or consult a local accountant.

Are there any dangers to playing online poker?

No, you are safe playing online poker at any of the sites mentioned on pokersites.com, along with the hundreds of thousands of other players playing online at any given time.

Playing at Online Poker Sites

How to choose a poker screenname?

Usea poker screen name on the poker site that is original and unique, and represents you in some way. Most unique nicknames are not taken yet, this will be your screen name on the poker site for the rest of the time you play, so choose it wisely.

Use a poker screen name on the poker site that is original and unique, and represents you in some way. Most unique nicknames are not taken yet, this will be your screen name on the poker site for the rest of the time you play, so choose it wisely.

I've heard people use poker software to help aid their game.. what's that all about?

Most online poker sites allow players to use 3rd party tracking software that tracks player's play and reports back to you with percentages, detailed stats, and suggested moves. Some online poker sites have lists of 3rd party they do and don't allowed.

Can poker books help me succeed at online poker?

Sure, the more knowledgeable you are about the game of poker the better you will be. Online poker takes an hour to learn and a lifetime to master for some.

Do poker sites keep track of my progress?

Some poker sites have statistics in their lobby, while others just have basic stuff like how much you have won, deposited, and cashed out.

How can I keep track of my poker opponents?

By using a 3rd party poker software on your poker site, you can track other player's statistics in very great detail.

Will there be active players no matter what time I want to play at?

Yes, since all of the online poker sites are international there are always games waiting for you to join, no matter what the limit. The most popular texas holdem poker sites for example, have thousands of players at any given time.

Does the amount of traffic at a poker site matter?

Yes, poker traffic is quite important to your success as a player. The more traffic a site gets, the more opportunity you have to find the games you are good at. In addition, sites with more traffic generally have more bad players. Consult our traffic charts for more information.

Poker Tournaments

What's the difference between a single table and multi table online poker tournament?

Each poker site holds different sized tournaments, some single table and some multi tables. The single table tournaments are called sng's and have a max of 9 or 10 people, while a multi table tournament contains 2 or many more tables.

What is a satellite poker tournament?

A satellite poker tournament is a parlay type tournament where a poker site holds a lower entry or free poker tournament in order to advance to a larger buying tournament, often an offline tournament played off of the poker site.

What is a rebuy poker tournament?

A rebuy poker tournament is a tournament on a poker site where if you lose you can rebuy your way back into the tournament for a pre determined amount. Rebuy poker tournaments can consist of one or many rebuys.

What's a freezeout poker tournament?

An online poker freezeout tournament is one where you buying for the same amount as everyone else and then once you get knocked out you are out. Everybody starts with the same number of chips in a freezeout poker tournament.

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