Poker Room Tour: What to Look for in a Poker Room
Poker is a game of chance? Yes, to a certain extent Poker is a game of chance. However, if you rely solely on chance and do not strategize, you will end up losing all your money. Understanding the game fully will give you an advantage over other people who just play by their instincts.
With the ever increasing reach of technology, Poker is now online. In order to play Poker online, you have to go to an online poker room. If you are new in this area, restrain yourself from splurging your money. Take a tour around the Poker Room to check the program, the rules and how the room operates.
Here are some basic things that you can check on:
1: The Poker Table
The first thing that you can check in the poker table is that if it has a seating option. Some people are picky in their seat. If you are one of them, better check if you can select your seat or if it is assigned. One way of checking this is through the play money table. You can try to play the play money table of the room to get a feel of the actual game and to see whether you can select your seat or not.
Rotation of Table
Next thing that you can check is that if the table rotates. Note that there are some rooms where the table rotates while you are already seated while there are some rooms where the tables are permanent so you retain your original seat throughout the game.
Other Table Settings
Another aspect of the Poker Table that you need to check out is the table settings. You need to be familiar with the options in the table settings. Here are some common table options: deck color, animation and sound, bet display, avatars, chat, table color, and pop-ups.
Of course the highlight of Poker is the bet. It is very important to understand the rules of betting in the room and to be familiar with the buttons. Some things that you can check out are the following: The lay-out of the bet, raise, fold, check or call buttons, betting options, bet limits, etc.
2: The Lobby
Some people do not usually concern themselves with the Lobby of the Poker Room. However, since you are navigating on the room might as well check it out. One thing that you can look into is that if it has a feature that will allow you to view only your selected games or your selected tables. It will make your life easier and you can save time if the room has this feature. You can also create a tournament if you want to see the registration process, the distribution of prizes and some hidden structures.
No matter how much you navigate the Poker Room, there may be some features that you may only discover while you are already playing. However, it helps to take a tour so you will know if it meets your basic expectations and if the program is easy to use.
By knowing the room, you are increasing your chances of winning.