For years poker occupied smoky back rooms in bars and casinos but the rise of the internet has seen the game elevated to primetime. Today anyone with a PC and an internet connection can play real money poker from the comfort of their own homes or on the move via their mobile device.
The best real money online poker sites will offer a wide range of poker variations and tournaments with varying buy-ins and limits. They will also cater for players of all skill levels offering beginner tables and higher stakes tables for the more experienced player. In addition to this they should have a solid mobile experience that supports all major operating systems.
There are a number of tools that pros use to give themselves an edge when playing poker online. These include hand history trackers which allow them to log, sort and recall their previous hands while a table is active. A heads-up display (HUD) is another tool that takes information from a hand history tracker and displays it during play next to the name of the player at the table.
Other key features of a good poker site include player traffic and the variety of games that are available. This is important because it ensures there is always a game to play, gives players the chance to find weak opponents and it helps online poker sites generate revenue by collecting a percentage of each pot. The best sites will return a percentage of this revenue to their players which is known as rakeback.