Introduction to Poker


Poker has gained a lot of popularity since the twentieth century, it has gone from a game for only the rich and elite to a game that is played and watched all over the world. Having garnered a reputation as a game of wit, skills and strategies, and thanks to the influence of James Bond, more and more people are giving poker a try.

Poker Variations and Popular Choices

If you decide to try your hand at poker games online for real money, the first thing you need to decide is what kind of game you wish to play. Whilst there are many variations of poker games, they can be grouped into 4 main types of games:

1. Straight Poker: It is one of the oldest game in the poker family; a complete hand is dealt to each player and players bet in a single round where raising and re-raising is allowed.

2. Stud Poker: In a stud poker game, cards are dealt in pre-arranged combinations of face up and face down rounds along with a round of betting following each session. The most popular stud poker game includes seven-card stud.

3. Draw Poker: In a game of draw poker, complete hands are dealt face down to each player. After the first round of betting, the players may choose to discard the cards at hand and have new ones dealt to them. Five-draw is the most popular version of modern poker games online.

4. Community Card Poker: This a variant of stud-poker; in community card poker, players are dealt an incomplete hand of face-down cards and several community cards are dealt face up. Players must use these cards in conjunction with their own player cards in order to make a 5-card hand.Omaha poker is the most popular form of community card poker.

  •  Rules of Omaha poker: Every player gets four community cards dealt to him/her. You have to use two of those to make your best poker hand. You will win only when all the other players have folded their hands, leaving you to be the last player in the pot, or if you have the best hand at showdown.

Online Poker Tournaments

Poker games online for real money are wildly popular both live and online. In a poker tournament you pay your buy-in and get a stack of chips; the moment you are out of chips, you are out of the tournament. Eventually, the winner gets to collect all the chips. These days the biggest online tournaments draw much more attention than the biggest live tournaments thanks to hundreds of online sites where no physical space is needed.

The Ins and Outs of Online Poker

In order to get started at poker games online for real money, there is very little that you need. You don't need a big bankroll; just start by playing online poker for free, there a number of sites that allow playing for free. Once you are confident enough, you can start by low stake games. Always keep in mind not to exhaust your bankroll in one go. Try to limit yourself and spread out the money.

Happy Playing!