Online poker is simply the online version of bridge, baccarat or simply poker. In its most basic form it is simply playing a game with imaginary money called chips on a virtual poker table. Online poker is probably the fastest growing game of card games played across the world. It has also been partially responsible for an increasing number of online poker players around the globe.
There are many different ways you can play online poker from simply playing a simple game for fun with friends to actually making a profit by playing in a tournament. Of course the main way is simply to play for fun where as many people actually do win money by playing live in tournaments and such like the World Series of Poker. So while there are many different reasons to play online poker there are only a few reasons to play live poker either.
One reason to play online poker would be if you live in Delaware, New Jersey, or any other state that has a legal poker room. Many times you will find that the online poker sites will allow you to play free games and practice in order to get a feel for the software, rules and so forth. However once you feel you are ready then it is time to make the switch to playing real money poker games. Now remember this is not to say that if you do play in a tournament and win you will not want to try your hand at playing for cash again because it will be much easier then. The same is true for the losing player in the tournament, you will want to keep playing in order to get better and improve your skills.