As all poker sites on internet call themselves poker rooms so that is what I’m going to call them too.
The first thing you have to do to check out a room is to download their software. You should download at least five rooms but ten is better. Set up accounts in each one so that you can enter their rooms to get an idea of how they operate.
The first thing to look for is layout of “home page”. Does it make you feel comfortable? Is it easy to understand? These are not important points but they need to be thought about.
One very important point is ease of navigation inside room.
Can you find game schedule easily? Is help readily available? Do they break down free games from money games? Do you have to search through entire list of games to find what you want?
Write down your impressions of each room so that you can make judgments later .
Now play in some of their free games to get a feel for how software works. This will help you decide whether you want to play at room or not. There’s no use going any further in checking a room out if you don’t like playing there.
After you have done above you have probably eliminated one or two rooms. Now you have to decide what games and what type of games that you want to play.
Do you want Hold’em, Stud, Omaha? Do you want tournaments or ring games? Do you want freerolls or money tournaments? Or do you want some combination of all of them?