Choosing a place to play, the “Poker Room”
When you decide to give online poker a go, your first task is to find a place to play, called a pokerroom. There are many similarities in the different pokerrooms, like you have to download their software, create an account and make a deposit before you can start to play, but some offer poker play without downloads and others have very strict requirements you need to meet before they let you play. There are quite many to choose from and there is a lot of factors to evaluate before making the decision.
Are your money safe?
Will they empty your credit card or bank account?
What payment options do they provide?
Are the pokerroom or some of the players cheating?
Who has the best First Time Deposit Bonus?
Do they offer additional bonus?
Can you get bonus without depositing?
What game types do they offer?
What stakes are offered?
What level of tournament entry fees can you choose from?
Do they offer free-rolls?
What is the level of the other players?
Where do I play?
I have my own preferences based on the above considerations and you can see my personal preferences here.