Generally, there are scores of online poker rooms available on the internet with each room boasting about their bonuses, features and promotions. In thruth, there are only several large online poker networks and some independent poker rooms which truly differ from one another.
The networks represent an association of poker rooms which share their player traffic and software. A poker room which belongs to a poker network is called "a skin", as it is little difference between the skins (if the skins are created already within the network) in the network - some even look the same. The biggest online poker networks are The Cryptological Network (Caribbean Sun Poker, Inter Poker), iGlobal Media (Party Poker, Poker Room), Prima Poker (Royal Vegas Poker, Colosseum Poker), and The Tribeca network (Golden Palace Room, Doyles Room). Some of the bigger independent poker rooms include Poker Champs, Pacific Poker, Paradise Poker, Poker Stars, and Poker.com.
The first and probably the most important factor is the competition – and when one plays for real money, the soft competition is especially important if you don't want to waste cash on skillful and aggressive players. If you are a beginner, the easiest way to avoid competition is to play at low- and micro-limit tables, where you will mostly find inexperienced players who are more likely to lose and give you a share of their money. If you are an advanced poker player however, the easiest way to determine the level of competition in an online poker room is to read it's reviews at a poker authority site which are likely to give you an insight into an online poker room without the need to join it and find everything out yourself.
Poker room software is also an important factor which affects the choice of a potential customer – the room might be offering good bonuses, the player traffic might be high, but if the software is lacking in design or functionality, the value of recreation drops significally while playing in such a room.
Another thing to consider when choosing an online poker room is it's player traffic. The bigger the traffic, the more games you may participate in and the more players you may win or lose against. Both high and low-traffic have their advantages as well as drawbacks, and the choice is yours to make.
The level of bonuses&promotions is another important factor when choosing the room to pay at - as the competition between online poker rooms gets stronger, the level and value of promotions becomes larger, and the bonuses these rooms offer vary in every aspect. For example, during the search for a suitable online poker room you may encounter bonuses and promotions like sign-up bonuses, deposit bonuses, bonuses which depend on the time you play, freerolls (poker tournaments with no buy-in), various loyalty programs and other ways with the help of which a room tries to attract new players.