Pilot Heidi Kennedy
Head of Casino Operations
Head of Casino Operations
There’s nothing quite like having friends round for a friendly game of poker. It’s a bonding experience for many, and a great way of passing the time in a stimulating and engaging environment surrounded by those close to you. Unfortunately, life on this big blue planet of ours just gets in the way of these things. You have to be able to physically all find time to be together for an extended period, and often, that can take lightyears of planning. That’s why being able to play poker online with friends is such a revelation.
Unfortunately, knowing how to do so still stumps a lot of poker fans. With that in mind, join me on this journey through this classic card game and get to grips with how to play poker with friends online.
The process of playing online with a group is actually really simple and only requires a few different considerations to get going. Still, people often don’t know where to start. Thankfully, your captain is here on this mission to guide you through everything you’ll need to know to play poker with friends online.
First things first, there’s actually a lot of different places you can play poker online. Indeed, if you are signed up to a poker site, there’s a good chance that this option is available and you won’t need to sign up anywhere new. This is great news but it does provide us with a bit of a challenge because obviously, there are nuances to how different sites all work. We don’t want to make any specific assumptions and lead you down the wrong path into a betting black hole.
So here, what we’re going to do is go all the things you should need to know in order to set up an online poker game with friends. The first thing, naturally, is where you will actually be playing. This may be where the majority of your friend group have accounts or it could be somewhere brand new based on what suits you the best. There’s a whole galaxy of different options out there, but of course, only choose reputable poker sites.
You’ll next need to know how to set up an account. This is usually little different to setting up any kind of online account and plenty of poker sites will allow you to do so without needing to deposit. This will include things like picking a username – this will likely also be what appears on screen to your friends during a game – choosing a password, inputting your email and date of birth: essentially all the usual stuff.
You will, of course, need to include banking information if you do want to play for real money, but if you’ve ever bought anything online, you should have a good idea of what to expect here. The main difference between getting started on your account on a poker site compared to most websites is that you may need to download dedicated software.
This is actually often the sign of quality. Poker is a complicated game, after all, and often requires dedicated software to make it work properly and efficiently. So, although this may be a very slight inconvenience, it’s more than worth it for the journey.
Of course, when we talk about poker, it’s really an umbrella term which covers well over a dozen similar games. Texas Hold’em is the version that people are most aware of and is probably the one most groups are all familiar with. That said, you could all decide to explore a new version of poker together. Indeed, this is a really excellent way to do exactly that and hone a new poker strategy.
In any case, you’ll need to decide and agree on what game you will be playing before getting started. You can also choose between single cash games and tournaments, depending on how you prefer to play. Another important thing to agree on is when you will be playing.
The logistics of playing online poker with friends is, of course, much simpler, but you all need to be there playing at the same time. Some things remain necessary even in the ultra-convenient world of the internet. On a good poker site, all these different elements will be really straightforward to change and shouldn’t be hard to find.
This element is so important that we thought it vital enough to give it its own space in this guide to how to play poker online with friends. You need to decide, collectively, whether you want to play for money. And if you do, you need to decide how much, and you all need to enthusiastically agree. The reason we say ‘enthusiastically agree’ is because this can be a slightly sensitive subject.
When playing with strangers, you have all independently decided to join that game with that amount of money at stake. There’s no need for any discussion. When setting up a private game, it’s a joint decision. It’s therefore important that everyone is happy and comfortable with the stakes at play. So, make a point of checking, then double-checking, if that is the case. If you want everyone in the group to be involved, and some people like to play for more than others, then this may mean that you play for a lower amount to keep everybody happy.
Now, the specifics of how every poker site sets up these games is individual, but they are usually incredibly simple. For instance, with PokerStars, you just register for free, install the software, go to the home section and then create a private poker game by inviting your friends using a club ID number and invitation code. All the other details, like game speed and breaks, are all part of a simple form at the end of the setup process.
On 888poker, you just download the app or home software, register on a free account, go to the ‘play with friends’ feature, and join or create a game. The extra game details can then be completed through a simple form.
As you can see, the process is really similar, but we don’t want to make any assumptions. So, if there are any other steps or edits that need to be made based on your individual poker site/app choice, do make sure you finish them up before finalising your game. We don’t imagine there will be a huge amount of difference to the two prominent examples given.
Now you know how to play poker online with friends, we suppose the only question that remains is why. Well, we’re pretty sure you know why you want to play online poker with your friends, and don’t need me to tell you. But just in case you want a little extra motivation to begin your mission, here’s a few cosmically fantastic reasons to get involved.
As we’ve discussed, the few complications there can be when it comes to playing online with friends come down to decisions. What game you’re playing, when and for how much, for instance. Actually setting all that up is the easy part. A lot of different poker options have done a fantastic job of making playing poker online as easy and as straightforward as possible, and they do a great job, meaning it’s stress-free to play poker online with friends.
When people live in different places all across Earth, physically getting together can take a lot of time and effort. In the old days, it would just be logistically impossible. One of the great things about the space-age online world is that it can tear through geographical limitations.
Playing poker online is just one great example of this perk. You can catch up with friends you love by playing a game you all enjoy. It’s just a great way of keeping in touch and socialising in an enjoyable way. Things are just less awkward when there’s an activity involved, especially one that gets those competitive juices flowing.
If you’re actively trying to get better at poker, there’s nothing more important than practice. Now, all practise is not equal. The best experience you’ll get is when you are as engaged as possible in the game. It means your stamina, focus and concentration is higher. As a result, you’re able to keep your energy levels up and the lessons you learn will have a deeper impact.
Having friends to join you for the ride is the perfect way of making your games more interesting, and therefore, more educational. At PlayersBest, we’re all about the quality of your betting experience, and we know that there’s no bigger factor in that regard than who you have alongside you on the mission.