The Internet offers a great way for Texas holdem poker lovers to play poker. The web offers hundreds of games and poker-playing opportunities. And one of the best aspects of Internet poker is that you can play for free, which is impossible in a land-based casino.
Almost all Internet poker sites require a download in order to play though. A handful of sites offer no-download, flash versions of poker, but the most robust and entertaining games require a download. The purpose of this article is to discuss how to download these poker games.
Different poker sites have different download processes, but most of them are similar.
The first step is deciding which online poker room you're going to download. Some poker sites, like Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, are well-established and well-respected. Those are great sites to sign up with.
Once you've chosen a site, finding the button on the homepage that initiates the download of their software is easy.
All online poker cardrooms offer a free software download. No deposit is required to download a legitimate poker room's software, like PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker. In fact, these sites offer "play money" games where you never have to risk any money at all in order to play.
Right clicking on the download button and saving the software to one's desktop is the best way to initially download poker software. If the free poker software is saved to the desktop, it will be easy to find when it is time to run the software.
The length of time it takes to download the poker software depends on the speed of your connection and your computer. Most people have high speed Internet connections now, so a free poker download usually takes a matter of minutes.
After downloading the poker games, you have to run the software. This is just a matter of following the various prompts that appear on your screen. (Usually they're buttons labeled "next.")
When the poker software has been installed, an icon appears on your desktop. This icon will consist of the name and logo of the particular cardroom. Double clicking on this icon will open the application and allow you to start playing poker.
Downloading poker software and poker games is easy. Anyone who has ever downloaded anything online should have no problem. If you're unfamiliar with computers and file downloading, then just follow the site's download instructions. Good cardrooms come with screen shots that walk new members through the process.
This page about how to download poker games was last updated on April 30, 2010.
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