Online poker rooms are the best place to play low stakes poker not only because the limits are so much lower than in land-based casinos and poker rooms, but also because finding an opponent to play against is pretty much a non-issue. In fact, low and micro stakes players tend to generate the most traffic, which means that your Sit & Go’s will take off in no time (usually a few seconds to a minute), and you’ll have hundreds of cash game tables to choose from. As a result, even if your deposit was as small as $15 or $20, you won’t have any problems finding plenty of action even if you choose to be very conservative about your bankroll management and never bet more than you can afford.
When it comes to Texas Hold’em cash games, the lowest stakes available on most sites are $0.02/$0.04, but you won’t have problems with finding sites that allow you to play $0.01/$0.02 games. Compared with the $1/$2 games offered in live casinos, these rooms are pretty much a recreational player’s dream. Other poker variants are pretty much the same, but keep in mind that the specific amounts of money you’re going to bet per hour are slightly different between Hold’em, Omaha and Seven Card Stud. Regardless of the poker game you choose, you can rest assured that finding a full table won’t take too long; and if you find yourself squaring off against super-tight or boring players, there’s nothing to stop you from making a switch.
Generally speaking, scheduled tournaments require you to invest a lot of money – in the case of major events, it’s usually $200 and above. However, a few sites will allow you to play in big events for as little as $1, but keep in mind that such events attract massive amounts of people, so it’s very hard to get into the pay zone. PokerStars is the site that offers the best small buy-in tournaments: Sunday Spark will cost you $1 for a shot at the $25,000 guaranteed prize pool, while Sunday Storm comes with a $11 sign-up fee and a $300,000 guarantee. What’s more, most sites offer freerolls – free tournaments that allow you to win real money. Those freerolls are usually available without making a deposit on the site, but keep in mind that the ones with the highest prizes are usually reserved for VIP players.
As mentioned above, PokerStars is an excellent choice for low limit players due to the amazing Sunday tournaments, plenty of Sit & Go action and enough traffic to allow you to play even the most exotic variants of the game. Most rooms on the iPoker Network will be just as great, so you can’t go wrong with Bet365 or Winning Poker. Full Tilt Poker and 888 would be a great choice too, especially since the latter offers special low stakes beginner tables, which can be accessed only by players who are new to the site. American players can try Bovada, which offers anonymous tables that discourage professional players from using tracking software. The rule of thumb is that the higher the traffic, the better the site.