Online poker is a game of chance, and for many players the thrill of winning money in real life games, such as poker, becomes irresistible. For others however, the excitement quickly fades away and many find themselves playing in the hope of winning money in the real world. However, a quick look at a poker player’s bankroll will show that many online poker sites charge a fee to access their facilities.
The majority of poker sites charge a monthly or annual fee for the privilege of playing poker for real money. These fees are designed to discourage people from using the game as a form of gambling. They also serve to protect the sites against fraudulent transactions from real money players.
As an example of how these fees can work on top of real money, a site that charges a monthly fee may require players to deposit funds before they are allowed to register for real money play. This deposit can then be used to buy real money poker chips from one of the various poker room manufacturers. In this way, the poker room does not have to pay out large sums of money to retailers in order to buy chips for each new player. Players who wish to use real money to play may do so by making a small deposit into an account at one of the poker room manufacturers. The poker rooms then keep this money for a period of time and then send it to the poker room manufacturer to be spent on real money play.
Another example of how poker players can end up paying more for their real money play than for their play in virtual form is when their rake is deducted from the amount of money they win from real money play. A good example of this is that some sites include an extra charge to cover the costs of providing players with bonuses and incentives for playing in their site. Although these bonuses and incentives are usually very worthwhile for players who want to maximize their winnings in the long run, they often end up costing the sites money.
Some poker rooms will take real money from players on top of their regular bankroll and deposit them in a player’s account. Others charge fees only if a player is using their bankroll to play in real time. Some poker rooms also charge a fee for each deposit made by a player that goes straight into the player’s account.
Ultimately, the type of poker room you choose is a personal choice based on how much time you wish to spend in a poker room. The amount of money you have available to play poker with, and the amount of money you are willing to risk in order to gain experience in the game will all be factors in which rooms you decide to play in.