How to Download and Set up Online Poker Room Software
The majority of online poker rooms have very similar downloading processes that are easy and fast to set up. The typical online poker room does not take up much hard drive space and has fairly easy hardware requirements in order to run the software making it available to most people. To maximize the online poker experience it is highly recommended that you use a high speed broadband connection that does not drop easily. Now that the basics are out of the way here are the 5 key steps to properly downloading poker software:
- Choose the desired poker room
- Download the .exe file and begin full software download
- Install using “Recommended” Installation Process
- Set up account properly
- Begin Playing
Choosing the Right Poker Room and Downloading Software
For those who are new to online poker there has been an ongoing stigma of untrustworthiness that is difficult to shake given the nature of the industry. Unlike online casinos that profit only with your losses the one thing to remember with online poker is that the room does not profit from you losing all your money. If anything going bust is bad for the poker room, so there are no devious intentions behind most online poker rooms.
Given this it is advisable to choose a poker room that makes you comfortable. There are the monster poker rooms PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, but there are also smaller poker rooms that often provide better customer service and overall playing experience such as UB.com and Carbon Poker.
In the end it is best to consult poker communities and poker review sites like Pokerspace.com or PokerListings.com. These sites also provide special bonus deals from free poker money to rakeback, so choose wisely. There are a lot of options.
You can download the software straight from the poker room or through one of these top affiliates. Through a secondary site you may be redirected to the poker room homepage or be given a direct download option. You will be given a .exe file to download no matter where you download the software from. For top name sites there should be no worries about viruses, especially for rooms that are sponsored by the mentioned affiliate sites above.
Many Internet users are weary of .exe files as many viruses are placed in them, but try not to worry and always scan your system for viruses after the download is complete. Once the download of the .exe file is done the next process of installing and registering is very straight forward.
Installing and Registering for an Online Poker Room
The installation process is very quick as most poker software is slim, except for the visually appealing 3-D online poker experience the room PKR provides. That particular software is heavy and is the only poker room that requires higher system standards, but the software is very worth the increased requirements.
It’s always best to set up the “Recommended” quick set up as it will take less time and give you exactly what you need. Once the room is installed properly you just need to “Launch” the room and begin the registration process.
Once the poker room lobby interface is up and running you will need to try to login or you will automatically be given the option to create a new account. It all depends on the wording of the poker room, but the process is fairly uniform. In registration you will be required to fill out basic information such as name, address, email address, age, and desired poker room alias/username. Have fun with the alias, but be prepared because a number of typical usernames like “PokerGod” have long been taken.
They will also ask for a phone number. The poker rooms are very secure with information and do not sell it. When poker rooms ask for detailed information the usual reason is to prevent underage playing and avoiding fraud. If you are setting up using a specific deal the required like address and phone number are absolutely required.
The general set up time is about 10 minutes not counting deposit times. The process is as simplistic as possible. If you have difficulties get in contact with a poker community and ask in the forums. Other players are a wealth of information and many are willing to help a new player set up an account and not just because they want to take your money.