When people think of playing poker online, most quickly shift their attention to Windows and Mac devices; after all, they are the most predominant in the market. While there is no denying this fact, there is another, oft-forgotten place where people can play their favorite poker games.

This place is Linux, and if you do not know much about it, you are not alone. In short, Linux is an operating system much the same way Windows is. The major and pivotal difference, however, lies within the fact that Linux exists in an open-source environment, not controlled by any single company (eg. Microsoft, Apple).

The collaborative nature of Linux means that the online poker it hosts is among the most advanced in existence. You will find poker software that you never thought existed in this form before. But fear not, there’s no need to be scared because you will quickly realize why so many people are switching from traditional poker platforms to those that are most Linux-friendly. After finding out a bit more about this type of poker, you may be the next to switch.

Is Playing at Linux Poker Sites Safe?

The way Linux operates in relation to Windows or Mac is entirely different, to say the least. Because of this, Linux also offers a level of security not even touched by the two aforementioned operating systems. Linux poker sites have a much, much smaller historical incidence of unscrupulous activity.

It could be discussed and elaborated upon all day, but the way in which Linux sites are created and the way in which Linux operates as an open-source community of users ensures a failsafe of sorts that makes safety and security and afterthought for most players.

How Do I Play Linux Poker?

Playing Linux poker is no different than playing poker via any other operating system. By selecting the site at which you would like to play through some careful and calculated research, you are then tasked with downloading the poker client’s software. After what usually amounts to a quick, seemingly instantaneous download, you will then have to go through the simple steps of setting up a player account.

All in all, from download to when you are able to play your first hand of poker, the total amount of time will likely not exceed 15 minutes. Of course, this is where research becomes crucial, because a few user reviews is all it takes to determine which sites make your life more difficult than it needs to be, and which sites allow you to get playing right away.

What Type of Poker Games Can I Play on Linux?

Linux poker sites allow you to play just about every type of poker game under the sun. If you are like many, and are looking to play the ever popular Texas Hold’em, there is no need to worry because this is a primary offering for many sites. More obscure games such as Razz or H.O.R.S.E. can only be played at a handful (and I mean that LITERALLY) of Linux poker rooms.

What’s more, the types of games offered on Linux poker sites is as expansive as any other poker site. Not only are games offered in both low and high limit varieties, there exists tournament and sit and go options as well for players on a Linux system.

How Fast are Deposits/Withdrawals

The speed with which a withdrawal or deposit is processed is yet one more factor that varies from site to site. There are some sites that expedite both actions, while there are others who offer instantaneous deposits but will make you wait weeks on end in order to receive your cash out.

By checking things out beforehand, you can determine which poker sites operating with Linux offer the best options for deposit and withdrawal.

How Many Players Play Linux Poker?

The number of Linux poker players has grown in recent years, but still is quite small compared to those playing on other operating systems. As time moves on, and the internet becomes an increasingly scary place, Linux poker rooms are going to be come more popular due to their inherent security features.

However, this really is not a reason to make the switch from a more popular OS like the ones you find from Windows or Mac systems. Plainly put, Linux is more of a doomsday type option for players in case the world goes to hell and you have no other options in which to trust to play online poker. This is based purely on my own beliefs and nothing else.

For now, finding out the best Linux poker sites is something you will have to determine on your own and of course by doing research. What is best for one player may not be best for you, so it would behoove you to put as much forethought as possible into your decision about where to play. After all, your selection of poker rooms is by no means limited, so there is no reason you should be rushing just to play Linux-friendly poker.