Best "No Download Required" Poker Sites - Play Poker in your Browser!
When it comes to playing poker online, you have two choices - you can either download a dedicated poker-playing client and install it on your PC, or you can play via an internet browser. Not every poker-playing client will run on every PC, and not every poker room offers a browser-only version - so which method you choose of playing online poker is largely down to your system set up, and whether your chosen poker room has a "no download required" option.
If you're running Windows, then chances are that whichever poker room you choose, they will have software that you can download and install to your PC. These programs tend not to be very big, and do not hog system resources too heavily. Most come with custom installers, so it's just a matter of running an .exe file once one has downloaded, and then sitting back and allowing it to do its thing.
What if I don't use Windows?
More and more people these days are choosing to install other operating systems on their PC as opposed to Windows. Many of these are Linux-based, such as Ubuntu, Mint and Android, whilst there is also the MacOS for Apple computers. You will find that the Windows-based downloads simply will not run on non-Windows systems. You can use Wine on Linux and Parallels on MacOS to run Windows programs, but results are typically varied when you do so.
This leaves you with just the browser-based option in which to play your poker. If you are a Windows user, you might prefer to use a browser-based version and save filling up your hard drive with numerous poker clients. Most browser-based versions are based on Adobe's Flash operating system, so you will need to make sure that your Flash is up to date. This might cause a problem for Linux users as Adobe no longer supports Flash for Linux. There are several open-source versions of Flash you can use instead, and you can also try different browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Chromium until you find on that works best.
Please note that not all functions will be available via a browser-based option. You may have to log on to the poker room's website if you want to deposit money, for example.
So, if you can't use a standalone, downloadable poker client - or you'd simply prefer not to - then which poker rooms offer "no download required" versions of their client software? As ever, I am your number one source of all info regarding online poker! Just take a look at the sites listed below - they all offer "no download" required versions of their software.
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If you are going to be using a "no download required" version of a poker client, make sure you are running the latest version of your chosen browser, and that your versions of Flash and Java are up to date. It's a good idea to clean out your cookies before you use a browser-only version of a client for the first time, and - if you're running Windows - that your virus software is active and fully updated.