Play poker online - real money games are where all the action is at. Now I would not recommend real money poker for beginners, when you first start to play poker online the best thing to do is to concentrate on free poker just to get the feel of the tables and find out how the game works.
Free online poker comes in two forms, free online poker games (play money games) which are just basically the same as paid games in their set up and freeroll poker tournaments. Both are available at nearly all of the best poker websites, you get a free bankroll to play with in both cases, but the poker freerolls give you a chance to win real money.
But as soon as you feel confident enough to leave the free poker games behind, I would strongly suggest that you would want to progress on to play poker online in the real money games. These come in two standard formats, the sit 'n go game and poker tournaments and are available in all of the poker rooms.
Whether you choose sit 'n gos or decide to play in a poker tournament is mainly due to your style of play, your confidence and also your concentration levels. Sit 'n go table poker means you just literally pick a poker game with a free place at the table and sit down. The dealer will deal you in on the next hand and you will pay a blind to get in.
Watch this poker video to get a feel of how the tables work, the guy has produced a great series of educational videos.
The other main way to play poker online in real money games is through playing in a poker tournament. There is a massive range of these available in all of the best poker sites, you just need to decide what level you feel happy about playing at. You can buy into a tournament for as little as $0.10 up to hundreds of dollars and the numbers range from two players (head to head) up to 10,000.
The main internet poker game online is holdem, the vast majority of people who play online poker tournaments want to play texas holdem but there are other games available like omaha and draw poker. All the action is at the holdem tables though, and in particular the no limit holdem games. If you want to play any other game you might have a bit of a wait for the table to fill up.