Poker on the internet has been around in one form or another since the early 90s, and is extremely popular in many countries today. In fact, there is a small group of strong players who are actually able to make a living just by playing online poker. This is only possible because poker is a game of skill.

Internet poker differs from live poker in one big way – players cannot see each other. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage. On one hand it means players do not have to worry about keeping a “poker face”, but on the other hand, it means a player’s rivals don’t have as many tells. When playing poker online, bluffing becomes more difficult, and strategies change.

Poker on the internet can be played many ways. It can be played just for fun, or with real money. Player can enjoy it at at dedicated internet poker sites. Many varieties of the game are offered online, everything from 5 Card Stud to Texas Hold’em.

Online poker sites even offer player comps and bonuses just like those available at regular online casinos. These might include deposit bonuses, loyalty bonuses, VIP perks, and other benefits. Internet poker bonuses can help players keep their accounts full, which gives them more opportunities to win.

These bonuses also help to attract players, which in turn helps the online poker rooms flourish. Because these poker rooms always take a rake (a small commission taken from every pot), the more players they have, the more money they make. Also, the better the players are, the bigger the rake will be. This situation is opposite to the one faced by online casinos, where better players can actually reduce the casino’s profits.

Finally, online poker has a unique relationship with offline poker tournaments. Poker has exploded in popularity recently, and many large, often televised tournaments have popped up, including the WSOP, WPT, EPT, and others. These large tournaments often use online poker rooms as recruiting grounds, where they hold satellite and qualifier tournaments, where the best players can earn the right to play in the tournaments.

Poker is one of the most popular games in the world, and online poker has revolutionized how the game is played.