Online poker differs quite a bit from the real life game in many ways, although the actual game is the same in both worlds.
One of the first differences that you will encounter when starting to play online will involve actually depositing your money so that you can start.
In real life this is rather simple and does not take much consideration beyond whether you actually have the money. Online it can be a bit more involved, and even quite difficult, depending on where you are from.
To be fair, once you have opened an online account and gone through the process of depositing your money for the first time, it will be a lot easier to make future deposits. The same goes for withdrawals, once you have made your first cash out, the rest - and hopefully there will be many - should be a lot easier.
But to get started initially it can be quite daunting for players to have to provide their financial and personal details to some online poker room.
Unfortunately there are not many ways around this if you want to play for real money.
If you are just starting out with poker online then a great room to try is 888 Poker. They have some great bonuses for new players and very low micro stakes tables for beginners.