Q: What is rake and what is rakeback?
A: For a thorough explanation of what rake is, how it's calculated, and how much rakeback a player can earn, check our rakeback information page or click here.
Q: I already have an account with a poker site. Can I get rakeback on this account using one of your offers?
A: Generally, you'll need to open a new account according to the instructions of the site that offers you the rakeback deal. There are cases when you can receive rakeback on the account you already have, ( convert that account ) but most of the best rakeback offers we came up with, have no such an option.
Despite that, it is possible that you have your account converted. Contact us for details.
Q: How does one create an account that is eligible for rakeback?
A: Simple. Go to our rakeback review section ( this is where we keep our collection of the best poker rakeback offers around). Check out the offers, choose one that you like and click on it. That will take you to the site that offers it. There, you can make a Rakeback Account (in a matter of a minutes), and you can add the right rakeback deal to it. You'll be able to track the state of your account through the month.
Q: How do I actually get the money?
A: Usually, this is a zero effort process for you. The poker site you play at, will automatically deposit the sum of money you earn from rakeback, into your poker account. Then, you can either cash out or use it to play some more poker...
In case the poker room has no such automated setup in place, the site that gives you the rakeback deal will transfer the money into your Neteller account. (alternative money transfer methods will also be available)
Q: What is Neteller? can I trust it? How much do they charge for transfers?
A: Neteller is a trustworthy online payment solution, the best there is for online poker, or online gambling in general. They've been around for some time and yes they're 100% safe. There is no charge on your Neteller transfers, so it is indeed the ideal way to go to handle online currency. You can sign up for a Neteller account fast and fuss-free at www.neteller.com
Q: Does a basic Neteller account qualify for receiving rakeback?
A: No it doesn't. You need the premium account.You can uprade to it after you'll have accessed your basic account.
Q: If I refer friends to your rakeback offers, do I get a reward?
A: Why, of course you do. You'll get it straight from the rakeback provider (the website that you have your rakeback account with).
Q: Where can I play online poker for real money?
A: There are a huge number of online cardrooms that offer Texas Holdem, Omaha and even Stud for real money.
Q: Is it legal and safe to play in these poker rooms ?
A: While most of the online poker rooms are indeed safe to play at, there are always a few scammers around as well, trying to strike it big on hollow promises. In order to be able to make a correct assessment regarding which rooms are trustworthy, visit our 'best poker rooms' section.
When selecting a poker room where you can be sure the money you deposit is safe, there are a few factors you need to consider. First of all, check how long the particular room you're interested in, has been around. It is common sense, that if a room has been online and operating for a few years, and there have been no complaints regarding its handling of the players' money, it is a fair and trustworthy one.
Next, read several reviews about the room. Poker room reviews are articles that focus on ranking and measuring up poker rooms according to a variety of factors they take into consideration. Trustworthiness and payout swiftness are at the top of the list of priorities reviewers will consider. They'll also assess software fairness, support staff professionalism and last, but certainly not least promotions and bonuses. By the time you'll have done all this research, you should have a clear view on what the chosen room will offer you.
Whether it is legal or not to play for real money, depends on where you're located and what your federal, state and local laws dictate. Make sure that you're well informed in this respect, and never under any circumstances violate any of the above-mentioned laws.
If you are situated in a region where playing poker for real money suffers from no legal bounds, you can rest assured you won't be doing anything illegal.
Q: Is online poker any better than the real cardroom game? I mean, why should I play online poker instead of the real deal?
A: Online poker does have a few advanteges over it's more traditional, real cardroom variant, among which the most notable are: you'll be able to access your online poker account from any computer with an internet connection, from anywhere you go.
You'll be able to play short ½ or 1 hour sessions whenever you have a bit of time to spare.
You'll be able to play from the comfort of your own home, in your underwear if you choose so, and you won't have to take any bs from anyone, nor inhale other people's smoke. There will be no direct pressure on you.
Last but not least, if you have a bad poker face, it'll be one hell of a lot easier to conceal your intentions than it would be, provided you were playing real poker.
Q: That sounds nice, but I bet there are certain disadvantages as well...right?
A: Unfortunately the answer to that is yes.
Most of the disadvantages online poker presents, however, are one way or another linked to either player or poker room personnel unfairness.
Probably the worst such 'online poker plague' is player collusion. It is fairly easy for players to communicate with each other in a way that is completely undetectable for the poker room. That way they will gain an unfair advantage over you.
For one reason or another, the poker room may not allow you to cash out. ( you'd better stay well clear of such rooms)
A poker room insider might make a record of your plays and then leak information to possible opponents of yours regarding your strategy and style. Again, this won't happen in a fair poker room.
Some players may be using poker bots. Poker bots are computer programs designed to play optimally, and thus generate a constant stream of winnings for their operators, winnings that will come out of the other - fair - players' pockets.
Online poker companies are constantly working on the development of software that can detect and counter suck despicable acts of thievery.
If any of the above problems do occur, you'll be deprived of all means to prove they indeed happened.
The solution to these problems is a careful choice of the poker room you decide to deposit your hard-earned money at.
Q: Is there really a way to detect botters?
A: Poker rooms nowadays use a new technology called " DLL injection" to detect poker bots. What that means, is that they introduce a llh.dll into the software that you download from their site. This way, the poker client will track any programs that the user is running, and will quickly identify poker-bots.
Some players argue that this is a blatant violation of their privacy, I personally think it's justified, and I suppose all other serious and fair poker players feel the same way. After all I'm not running anything confidential when playing poker, and at least I know that the players I go up against are fair as well.
Botting is theft. Simple as that. The invasion of my privacy is annoying, but being stolen from, just drives me nuts.
Q: What do I need to know to become a good (or at least reasonable) poker player.
A: That is one hell of a question. Answering it might take up some space but here goes:
Table selection is the first decision you'll be faced with, once you enter a poker room. Do not just slip in where there's an open seat and take it from there. There's another huge advantage online poker possesses over its real life counterpart. You can actually watch the action at a table before joining. That is never a bad idea. Check out what the players are doing, how they act and what hands they win pots on. Try to get an early read on them. Most importantly: if you spot a shark ( a person who plays exceptionally well) move on to another table. Poker is not about glory, honour and rising to the challenge. It's about money and money is where the fish are.
Getting reads on opponents is also extremely important. Do not make the mistake of focusing too much on your own hand. Pay attention to the texture of the board at all times and also to what your opponents act. A sudden raise - when there are two Qs on the board - from a limper, translates to " I have the third Q" But then again, it may be just what the person sending you the signal wants you to think. It's complicated but nonetheless, you will never become a winning player lest you master this skill.
Once you're able to read your opponents, you'll also be able to read their hands according to the actions they take. You'll have an approximate idea of what they have in their pockets and that's going to be of a huge help for you in making your own decisions.
Another important skill, often given less credit to than it deserves, is hand selection. You need to know this about poker: you'll lose more times than you win. What you need to achieve is lose as little as possible whan you lose and win as much as you can when you decide to commit.
Hand selection is the most important tool in this. You want to see the flop on AA, AK, AQ, KK, and KQ but it doesn't really make much sense to see the flop on a 2, 5 offsuit.
Short handed play and full ring games play differently. In short handed poker you need to throw the tight-aggressive approach ( that works so well in full ring games) right out and focus on keeping the pressure up on the opposition. Short handed games are much faster and they'll cost you a lot more blinds-wise then a regular ring game with 5-7 opponents.
The importance of position. Poker is a positional game. This means that you'll be constantly acting after the player on your right and before the player on your left. Depending on the style of play of individual players, you'll want to have them on your right or left in order to exert more control over them.
Last but definitely not least there are the pot odds. In order to be able to make correct decisions you need to have a thorough understanding of pot odds. Knowing the pot odds means, that you need to know your equity at all times, and you need to make positive expected value decisions most of the time.
Risk less money in order to gain more, not the other way around.
Q: What is the difference between no limit, pot limit and fixed limit poker?
A: In no limit poker (the kind they play in the WPT main events) there is no limit whatsoever to the amount a player can raise at any given time. If you feel like you just flopped a monster hand and you want others to know it too you may go all in ( meaning to commit all your chips) on the hand, regardless of how much money you possess.
In pot limit poker, a player can only raise the size of the pot after his/her own call at any given time. That means that on a 2-4 pot limit table, if the player before you ( the one who comes after the big blind) raises 4 you'll be able to raise to a max of 14.
In fixed limit poker there is a set limit to the amount of money that can be raised at any given time.