Online Poker – An Overview
Poker is the traditional card game played over the Internet. For the years, the set of poker existed only in casinos and smoky bars, but in the year 2000, an accountant from Tennessee brought poker to prominence over the Internet. Secure online poker sites were launched, which allowed players to hold their cash and wager over the Internet safely.
Thanks to the skills involved in the game that motivated an amateur player Chris Moneymaker, an accountant, who qualified for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event through an online US$ 40 satellite tournament, and ended up winning US$ 2.5 million. This historic moment revolutionized the game of poker.
Play online poker
To play online poker, you only require a device connected to the Internet. The best part is you have an option to play poker either for free (with freeroll chips) or with real money. Real money poker games are available to play on a variety of game sites. Further, you can play poker on mobile by downloading online poker software. All you need to do is create a user account, and make sure you fall under the minimum age category in your jurisdiction.
Let’s have a look at the rules of the game. The game has two types of cards- hole cards that are dealt face down to each player on the table, and community cards that are dealt face-up on the table. Each player is dealt 2 hole cards (number may vary depending on the type of variant). Players have an option to check, call, raise, or fold. The game starts off with blind bets (small blind and big blind) initiated by the players sitting on the left of the dealer. There are four betting rounds – pre-flop, flop, turn and river, and betting take place in clockwise order.
All the variants of poker games can be played both – live and online, and each one of them come with has elements of bluffing, betting and hand values. The most popular variant of poke is the Texas Hold’em, and is also referred to as ‘The Cadillac of Poker’. Other variants of poker are Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Crazy Pineapple, etc. While playing poker online, you can play both – cash games (you can cash out your chips at any point of time) and tournaments (a game with fixed buy-in proportional payout).
Moreover, poker deposit offers to allow online gamers to pad their bankroll for doing nothing but playing the game they are passionate about. One can not only participate in online tournaments but can also play satellite tournaments to win a free ticket to live and online tournaments with the bigger prize pool.
Then, there are Sit & Go’s – the games with a fixed number of seats, and starts as soon as the required number of players join the table. Last but not the least, now comes the freeroll tournaments – the tournaments with free entry, so you will never actually lose any cash but can end up winning some real money.