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Gaining popularity over the last century, online poker has revolutionised the way we look at this game completely. What once was a card game associated with the elite, online poker has made this fantastic game widely available, allowing you to play for free on any device.

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All You Need to Know About Online Poker Games

Whatever the reason one chooses to play, poker games are definitely one of the most entertaining and exciting card games out there.

There are different types of poker, and understanding the difference is the first step at helping you make an informed choice. These are mainly grouped into the following 4 categories:

  • Straight poker – The original poker game. A full hand is dealt to each player and bets are taken in a single round.
  • Stud Poker – Cards are dealt face up and face down in sequence, with bets being taken every round. Popular variations include the seven-card stud poker game.
  • Draw Poker – This time all cards are dealt face down. After the first bet round players may then choose to replace any cards. The five-card draw poker game is amongst the most popular of this genre.
  • Community Card Poker – A variation of Stud Poker. During this poker game, players are dealt incomplete hands face down, whereas a number of community cards are drawn face up on the table. Players are then able to replace cards from their hands with the ones from the community only. The most popular variation is Texas Hold’em.

Texas Hold’em Poker

Texas Hold’em is probably the most popular variation of them all, and is played in all international poker tournaments, so that’s probably always a good place to start.

Learning this poker game isn’t that hard, but as always, the devil is in the detail – here’s all you need to know:

The aim of the game is to put together the best 5-card poker according to classic poker rankings. So far, Texas Hold’em is very much the same as a 5-card draw, but with a twist of course.

Each player is dealt 2 cards face down, with 5 cards being eventually drawn face up and placed on the table. These are called ‘community cards’ and each player will use those cards to create their 5-card hand.

Community cards are dealt in stages, with the first 3 being referred to as ‘the flop’, the next one known as ‘the turn’ and the final and fifth card called ‘the river’.

Players then make up their best hand using the 7 cards available (5 on the table and 2 in their hand) whichever way they think is best. If after betting all players fold with the exception of 1 then s/he wins the pot without needing to reveal his/her cards.

Should there be more than one player in for the win, then all hands are revealed and the highest-ranking poker hand wins.

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Online Poker: Dealing Cards and Placing Bets

Once the cards are dealt, players are generally called out to take their turn. This happens in a clockwise direction. Each player is able to call one of the following actions when its their turn:

  • Check – You’d rather decline the opportunity of starting the round. You’re only able to check when there aren’t any bets made in that current round, and you’ll pass your turn to the player on your left.
  • Bet – You’re able to place a bet of your choice, provided that no other bets have already been made. If a bet has already been made then you need to ‘call’ by matching that bet in order to remain in the round.
  • Fold – These cards aren’t for you. You choose to forfeit your hand and will not be able to win or act again for the rest of the round.
  • Call – You’re able to call other players in the round, requiring them to match the highest bet made so far.
  • Raise – If you particularly like your hand you can choose to raise. This involves making a call that matches the amount that’s already been bet, requiring other players to match your raise if they’d like to remain in the game.
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Advantages of Online Poker

While playing poker at a flashy table with James Bond by your side might be pretty much as good as it gets, playing poker online also has its charm. Apart from being significantly more affordable, you’re able to play online poker from pretty much anywhere you choose, whenever you decide.

Apart from that, unlike land-based casinos, online poker allows you to have greater control over your betting and spending limits, offers faster gameplay, and there’s no need to get your best poker face on because it’s completely anonymous.

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