Poker has come along way from way back when. There have been quite a few different forms of poker played over the years, dating all the way back to the 1800’s. The game of poker is said to have began in the early 1800’s with players each being dealt five cards out of a pack of 20, and players then betting on who’s hand was the best. The original popular form of poker coming into the more recent years, was the game of 7-card Stud. We’ll explain 7-card Stud more in-depth, but the game is actually still played to this day as well. Today, Texas Hold’em Poker is definitely the leader in terms of popularity, as it is played in multiple live games and tournaments, as well as online.
Tournament play is considered by some to be the most popular form of poker play currently. Tournament play became popular originally back when the World Series of Poker began in 1970. A bit later in the 70’s, poker strategy books began coming out from big time players like Doyle Brunson, Mike Caro, and David Sklansky. In 1998 came the first online poker site, Planet Poker, which allowed players to play their favorite poker games on the internet.
As previously mentioned, the game of poker has come a long way since back in the 1800’s. Games like Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Razz, and even 7-card Stud weren’t around then, and are all growing in popularity currently. The currently World Series of Poker features all different types of games, ranging from No Limit Texas Hold’em, to Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, even to games like Deuce to Seven Draw games. Online poker sites offer almost all of these games as well, giving players a great opportunity to play and learn as many games as they’d like.
While poker strategy is something that could go on for a long time, and we will get more in-depth with it on our “Poker Strategy” page, but there are some basics for all new poker players to remember. Whether you play online or live poker, it’s always important to remember to manage your bankroll. If you have $200, it’s not the best idea to buy in to a $200 tournament. Use your money on multiple smaller tournaments or smaller cash games. Poker tournaments have a lot of ups and downs, and players can go on downswings of not cashing for a while; and that’s why it’s always important to manage your money. One other very important thing to remember is that if you are going to play for real money (especially higher limits), stick to the games that you know the best. If you are a No Limit Texas Hold’em player who usually plays cash games at the $0.25/$0.50 limits, I would not recommend jumping to Omaha on the same limits right away. Start off smaller, or even in the free games in order to learn the game right off the bat.
There are multiple different places for players to play poker. Whether it be playing online poker, or live poker; there are quite a few options available to all players. While players in the United States are limited a bit more on their options currently after Black Friday, they still have options as well for online poker sites. For those players who prefer live poker, there are places all throughout different countries who offer live games and casinos. In the United States there is of course the incredible Las Vegas, and Atlantic City. On top of that though, there are places to play poker all through Mississippi, Florida, California, and multiple other destinations as well.