Poker has quickly emerged as one of the worlds favorite card games. From online Texas Hold’em poker to local 5 card stud games at your local casino poker room. The game of poker is both skill and luck. Many will argue that poker is not a form of gambling – but a pure skill game. While others tend to still consider it gambling. Either way – poker is as widespread as any other game ever has been. You can find online poker rooms with thousands of live poker players nearly anytime of the day. Guys and gals all over the world are forming local poker nights and poker groups so they can enjoy the home game of poker. And casinos in the big cities have jumped on the poker bandwagon and now have poker rooms with anywhere from 2 to 50 tables.
Let’s first take a look at probably the most popular form of poker – Online Poker. Large sites such as Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars turned online poker into a mega money game for many. Poker players from all over the world turned the game of poker into their profession thanks to online poker sites. Others just enjoyed the occasional side game or tournament. Many online poker sites also offer large tournaments where players can win a chance into the large live poker games such as the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Navigate below through some of our online poker pages to get a little more information:
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We also like to have a section on general poker. In here we will discuss the ins and outs of the game of poker itself. From strategy to the different types of games – we will include it all. Take a look below at some of the general poker details:
Basics of Poker
The game of poker is immensely popular among groups and individuals, being played by millions of people all over the world in friendly and competitive environments. Poker can provide a little harmless fun and excitement for gatherings of friends, while the game is also played in casinos and over the Internet for profit. Online poker tournaments have become especially popular in recent years.
Knowing that poker is played by countless millions every year is no substitute for learning the game – and learning the game is no substitute for playing it. Although poker involves a great deal of strategy and statistical analysis, the theoretical aspects of the game cannot be fully appreciated until beginners become acquainted with poker`s most basic rules and idiosyncrasies.
The first point to learn about poker is that players do not need to bet in every game. The dealer chip passes from right to left, meaning that the person seated immediately to the left of the player with the dealer chip pays the small blind. The person to the left of the small blind pays the big blind, which is twice as much as the small blind. Unless an ante – a typically incremental value to be paid by all players in every game regardless of whether or not they bet – applies to a game, only the big blind and small blind need pay anything – all other players can elect to fold without placing a bet.
Of course, placing bets is what poker is all about; no player can win by checking and folding every turn. At some point, even the tightest, most careful of players must indulge in risk to gather the chips. In Texas No Limit Hold `em, the most commonly played variant of poker, players can place a bet if others have checked or folded. Players can also call a bet, which simply means that the value of the bet is matched by other players, or raise it, which involves increasing the bet value even more. Players also retain the option of folding or going all-in (a sometimes necessary move in which a player risks everything in a single game.) A player whose bet is raised can call the raise, fold or re-raise as appropriate.
It is essential for beginners of the game to play with a free currency or only very small amounts of real cash before going head to head with experienced players. Although poker is predominantly about luck and strategy, poor technique can also send players home with nothing. A common failing of beginners is `tilting`, which refers to rash, emotional play that usually follows a heavy defeat or instance of poor luck. A player might tilt, for example, by going all-in with K-J pre-flop after losing the previous hand with pocket aces. If another player happens to have a strong hand (JJ, QQ, KK, AA, etc.), it is likely that K-J would come up short.
Playing online is arguably the best way to learn poker!