An Introduction to the game of Poker
Down east it's called Hearts, down west it's called Spades, when it comes to online gambling the most associated card game is commonly called as Poker. It is a game in it itself with many varieties, there's the Texas Hold'em, Follow the Queen, Three-five-seven, Omaha Hi-lo, 7 card stud, video poker and the Anaconda are just some to name. Poker is perhaps the biggest crowd drawer on the internet for online casino games. Whatever the name or the variation perhaps for a great number of people, online poker, online casinos and online gambling are synonymous. Gambling or online casinos for the matter however is not limited to just online Poker games. Unfortunately as popular as online Poker is these days, there is less and less familiarity and interest with other online casino games.
Just about every gambling game to be found in actual casinos whether it be in Las Vegas or Macau or any other gambling hot spot or casino strip on earth, there are available online card game counterparts on our site. Admittedly since poker is as aforementioned a huge crowd drawer, a chunk of the site is dedicated to poker games to fit anyone's gambling needs or fantasy. Part of the games category showcases popular poker variations that will surely entertain poker enthusiasts as well as encourage beginners to try their hopefully skillful hand with the aid of lady luck.
To re-emphasize, this site is not restricted or is exclusive to just poker games, our online game rooms continuously expand in order to provide a proper introduction to the ever growing popularity of poker, providing a comprehensive analytical study on the game that is poker is not the intention though so be forewarned. Our site generally provides a variety of online casino games, nevertheless we cannot and will not overlook the fact that this growing interest in the game will continue to encourage us to indulge poker enthusiasts and soon to be aficionados with sections filled with information that grows in size as well. Due to popular visitor demand however we are incessantly improving our site to be able to serve and provide up to date information on poker as well as other online casino games while enhancing our user interface and design.
The site subsections are divided in 3 easy, self explanatory areas that are accompanied with equally simple to navigate links and titles. If you don't find what you need in one click, we encourage you to explore the rest of the titles and subsections as we are sure we have what you are searching for. The links and titles that are provided will take you to topics, information and introductions to the basic rules and concepts that are needed in the game of poker. If you still can't find what you need, let us know, perhaps were still fine tuning it before handing them out. A good hand of course is essential to any successful poker or card game, of course it doesn't hurt to have luck on your side.
Real world vs. virtual world of gaming
Whether you play it live in a casino at home or any other location that is equally comfortable it is clearly and distinctly different from online poker tournaments. The beauty of playing home poker games with friends is that rules can be manipulated as one might wish to do so. Plays can have bets, raises and calls or just bets and calls, a poker showdown is normally played and the winner is definitely the player with the best cards.
An online poker game on the other hand requires some adjustment in order for players to be able to adapt to their own playing style, in the long run one might end up finding it more enjoyable than playing at a casino or at home.
There are many game differences in existence; the focus here however is on the specifics as well as in the playing environment. The deal between real and virtual poker can be summarized in 3 easy to understand sections, namely: the betting arrangement, online competition and the ante structure.
Betting Arrangement - no limit poker games are normally chosen for home games, the total number of chips on the table is the maximum bet in no limit home games. A minimum bet is still set, the misconception in no limit games lie in beliefs that a person or player has to fold once another player bets more chips than what he has left. The game simply continues with the player still calling the bet with the remaining chips. The opponent makes a wager in cases where you are the only one left in the pot. If a third player is present he must match the same amount as your opponent and your bet will then be placed in the side pot. Contention for the pot is no longer possible when one can no longer match its amount in showdown games. The remaining players are then left to compete for this pot.
The betting arrangement for no limit poker is the same with pot limit poker. Bets can range between the set minimum and the size of the pot. Limit poker is the most popular in online gambling rooms as bets are predetermined. That is, a game with a limit of $10/20 would mean that for the first two rounds only bets of $10 can be made the increase to $20 can be made on the third round and its subsequent ones.
Online Competitions- a player's skill counts more during online games compared to playing home poker games. Bigger amounts are at stake during online poker games in comparison to home poker games. Obviously online players are more inclined to want to win the prize as stake. A good strategy should not be neglected as online poker tournaments require just as much as live games. Research and follow up on online poker gaming strategies before trying your hand in a game room or before raising the stakes.
Ante Structure - forced bets work just as similarly as it does in home games where the player left of the dealer posts a small blind and the succeeding player must post a big blind. The remaining players must be able to match up to the big blind or be able to raise it to that amount in order to see the flop. Getting cards however does not require any bets in this game.
As an example, a six player game with a small half dollar blind and a dollar for the big blind; prior to a flop a player starts with one small blind which is that half dollar, the second player posts the big blind which is worth a dollar, player number three folds as player five raises the big blind to two dollars, player six who happens to be dealer for the hands folds his hand. The action resumes to the first player who also folds, making player two call the raise to a dollar, player three does the same. The betting then commences with a big blind, since player one who had the small blind folded after the flop.