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Online poker room brands have created a history of providing a competitive poker game environment where players can against other players at home or anywhere there is a wireless internet connection.

Most Basic Ingredients of an Online Poker Room

The Poker Room’s Website

A poker brand’s website is the place where you find most of or all of the current information about the operation. This topics are typical and always include information a player needs to know for practical reasons as well as terms and conditions the player must accept in order to play and participate in brand promotions. For example, poker rooms always publish pages with information about:

  • Poker Games: Info about offered games at the room and basic guides to playing them
  • Promotions: Info about offered promotions along with terms and conditions of the promo
  • Banking: Info about the payment processing options for deposit and withdrawals to the room
  • Tournaments: Info about tournaments offer by the brand and/or software network.
  • VIP program: Info about incentives players can earn through consistent play at the brand
  • Customer Support: Contact references such as email, chat, & phone for providing player support

Additional sections of a poker brand’s website are common, but typically you will always find the above information available on each and every online poker brand’s website in 2017.

The Room’s Software Client

The client is the software that emulates a poker room experience. The Poker Rooms website is always setup to try to lure you into downloading their software and creating an account upon you’re first initial visits if possible.

The largest online poker brands sometimes run standalone software. This requires the room to build its own player base as well which is an almost impossible task in 2017.

A Software alternative for rooms as well as casino & sports betting brands who want to offer poker is the option to lease a software network that is owned and operated by a 3rd party company. (eg Merge, Ongame, iPoker) By utilizing a popular network’s software, A poker brand is able to offer a turnkey room environment and player base which has been populated by other popular poker brands who lease the same software.

The Brand’s Customer Base

What good is an online poker room without the players? Players of all skill levels and country origins make up the brands ecosystem and play against one another in a plethora of game structures and formats. The separate structures and formats of poker games offered provide the poker room with revenue through the implementation of rake for ring games, and entry fees for tournaments & SNGs.

The customer base is made up of players who have created an account at the brand. The customer either came to the brand to play poker specifically, or they are a casino, bingo, or sports-betting gambler at the brand and simply funnel into the poker branch of the brand. (many poker brands are also all-in-one gambling accounts).

As a game enjoyed worldwide, poker rooms service players across the globe in multiple languages. Multiple language support is very important as poker terms are often different depending on your country of origin. Every language has their own jargon of online poker related references.

Also note that the brand’s own customers are often not the only players in their software client. if the brand is using a 3rd party network operator as their poker room environment, players from other brands using the same 3rd party software will all be playing against the example brands players as well. As mentioned above, many brands operate their poker room via a 3rd party software network because its a turnkey software and player-base solution.

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