If you've played poker, you know the main objective in a poker game is to take all the chips. Or at least end your session of play knowing that you played your best game, and you'll come back tomorrow and play again.
While we're brewing up the essence of a poker game, let us not forget that poker should be fun. If you haven't experienced poker at its best and feel a bit lost when you start searching online for tournaments geared to your poker game skills and level of play, we're going to give you an easy to follow guide to send you in the right direction.
What Are Your Goals in Online Poker?
The best way to begin is to take a look at what you want to achieve from playing online poker. If you're new to the game, you need to start in a friendly atmosphere that provides an opportunity to play (for free or with small buy-ins) where you get to know the ins and outs of tournament and cash game play without getting badly bruised from your table experience. And you want to have fun while you experience the whole learning curve.
Before you begin, ask yourself: "Am I having enough fun at the table?"
If you already know how to play poker, you still want to have fun while you're at the tables. You want to be able to play with little or no investment of your own, other than your time and knowledge of the game, and start stacking up a profit.
Once you decide how you want to approach online poker, you have a starting point and can continue to build your game and make online poker work for you.
Choosing an Online Poker Site
Keep in mind that all online poker sites will give you a deposit bonus once you download the software and register your account and get ready to make your first deposit. In the following list of poker sites that have cash games and tournaments that may best suit your playing skills and satisfy your goals with poker, we will supply a link to our review. Our review will give you the specifics on a download bonus and any particular news or promotions you will have access to once you join the poker site through our link.
Consider the following for your poker adventures:
Paddy Power Poker - The "Poker tournaments for beginners" are the perfect starting place and the following are just a sample of what's available. The choices are many, the decisions are yours, but the opportunity is always waiting:
1) Take a seat in the Bankroll Builder Feeder VIP 1-4 for five Paddy Points and win tournament tokens.
2) Play the "Friday Freebie" with no entry fee and vie for a piece of the $50 prize pool.
3) Play the "Premiership Bounty" for a buy-in of $10 and aim for the prize of $100 Bounty.
Step up to Paddy Power's "Stacked Sundays" tournament and play for big, guaranteed prize pools with a minimal investment. A few examples are "The Sunday Frenzy" that has a guarantee of €7,500 with a €5 buy-in or "The Sunday Ricochet" with a €5,000 guarantee and a €1 buy-in. The bigger buy-in Stacked Sundays tournaments also have daily satellites.
Cash game limits at Paddy Power Poker start at €0.01/€0.02. Once you've acquired a poker bankroll, (either by depositing or by winning prizes in tournaments), you can take a seat any time of day and keep playing to build your bankroll and earn Paddy Points.
The information above is only a small glimpse of what's waiting for you at Paddy Power Poker.
Everest Poker - Begin your tournament experience at the free Shasta Tables. You can start with a zero risk factor and win your way up the ladder to big money tournaments.
As a new player, you can play the "Shasta Step Level 1" events for the first 90 days and enter up to 4 of them an hour. The Shasta tournaments have a turbo structure.
The "Shasta Steps Level 2+" tournaments are open to everyone, and you can enter as many as you want. The top rewards, when you reach level 6, are tournament tokens that will get you into real money tournaments. Look for the "Shasta Sit & Go" tables in the Everest Poker lobby under Sit & Go > Shasta. Step 1 is free, but you can buy into the other levels if you would rather skip playing the levels — but why do that when you're looking for a chance to improve your game skill and build a bankroll too?
Everest has a variety of low buy-in tournaments with a nice guaranteed payout, as the €250 GTD Speed Hold'em for 0.90€ + 010€. The Goliath Satellites are also running. If you are interested in qualifying for a UK live event with a £250,000 GTD prize pool, you can qualify for as little as €1.10 and play for a package or seats to the Goliath Final.
Everest Poker's cash games start with blinds as low as €0.01/€0.02 and go up to €5/€10. Six-max no limit is the most popular cash game but pot limit Omaha and Omaha hi/lo are available also.
Everest Poker has a strong support team, and the games are fun and friendly.
PKR Poker – Get ready for an incredible, visual treat when you visit the tables at PKR. The graphics are some of the best you'll find anywhere on the Internet. Although pretty faces are often misleading, that is not the case with PKR. It is a true poker community where players share chat, a forum, and have regular meet-ups in the PKR Social section.
Daily freerolls with cash prizes are available and you can use your PKR Points to play in premium freerolls that have cash prize pools ranging from $50 up to $500. The tournaments are structured with buy-ins that everyone can afford to play — and the payouts can be great bankroll builders. Like the $150 Canadian Dollar Dash Crazy Stack with a $.92+$0.08 buy-in, and if you want to jump in and fire up the action in a 10,000 PKR Points Freeroll, you can do that for a cost of 0 PPs. PKR Points are extremely valuable and can give you a big boost towards the goals in your poker adventure.
If you're ready to play a bigger tournament, check out the $50,000 GTD PKR Masters or the $10,000 GTD Mini Masters. You'll always find a satellite to help you get into the bigger tournaments at a fraction of the regular buy-in.
The cash games start at micro-to-low stakes and move up to $2/$4 and occasionally $5/$10 is available. If you're learning to play cash games, start with the micro stakes and build your game before you consider moving up.
Earn PKR Points every time you play for real money. Those points can be used get free stuff, from in-game gear for your avatar, to tournament tickets, to free cash on regular reload bonuses, to moving you up the loyalty ladder in the Club PKR.
PKR will keep you coming back to the tables. And putting some style in your avatar's wardrobe is part of the bragging rights and community fun – strut your stuff when you take a seat!
That ends our guide for today on how to find easy poker games online.
Always keep in mind that any time you read a poker news reporting site, you see the same names appear time after time — Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, to name a few — and the depth and magnitude of their poker game knowledge and skill is mind boggling. While most of us would buy a big bottle of "Poker Knowledge and Skill" and down it one gulp if it was tangible, those big name pros started somewhere.
The players you read about every day and watch on Twitch.tv didn't acquire their skills overnight. They all started in a home game or small town game before gradually moving up to compete at the top with other players that have the same skills. Follow our guide and build your game the fun and easy way and you'll be able to take your game as high as you want to go.