Poker comes in many different forms, from high-stakes cash games with thousand-dollar hands to hyper-turbo tournaments, which tend to turn the heat up and get the action going. With so much on offer, how do you know which games are best for you? To help you decide, we bring you some of the best poker games available online right now.
So, aside from your usual Sit N Go’s and cash games, what other Texas Hold’em games are out there?
If you like it fast, then Zoom is the game for you. As you might have guessed by the name, this cash-game style variation is one of the fastest and most thrilling ways to experience poker. The standard Texas Hold’em cash game rules apply, with steady blind levels throughout the game. The main difference is that when you fold your hand, you will instantly be transported to a new table to play another. This means you get fewer chances to study individual opponents and table dynamics, and more chances to play hands. Zoom is available at many different buy-in levels, from $0.25/$0.50 to $25/$50.
Spin N Go (SNG) also has a fast-and-furious format. These games are played three-handed in a tournament poker style, with short stacks and fast blind levels. Buy-ins range from $0.25 to $500, and the prize is decided randomly as the game starts. It’s possible to win anything from 2x to 12,000x your buy-in with Spin N Go’s, and so every now and again, you may find yourself in a game vying for a lot of money! Spin N Go’s are an ideal variation for players who want to enjoy a quick game or two, as Spin N Go’s typically only last a few minutes.
PokerStars regularly has promotional Spin N Go’s available, whether it be Spin N Go’s for $1 million or Spin N Go’s to win entry to live poker tournaments. Right now, they are offering two different promotional games. You can play an $11 buy-in Festival London Spin N Go, with a chance to win a $3,100 package, which includes tournament entry, five night’s accommodation and spending money. You can also find the opportunity to win Sochi packages worth $5,300, all for just a $5.50 buy-in.
If you prefer a slower pace and more chances to try and outplay your opponent, multi-table tournaments are still your best choice. They have massive fields of entrants and as a result, usually, have large prize pools that could amount to life-changing sums of money. The Sunday Million tournament is still the biggest and best MTT out there, with a $215-dollar buy-in and a $1-million guaranteed prize pool.
If you can’t afford the $215-dollar buy-in or you just don’t want to take many risks, there are satellite tournaments and SNGs available, which allow you to win entry to more expensive tournaments. Even better than that, many online poker sites also offer regular freeroll tournaments. They are free to enter (or in some cases, may cost “VIP points”), and can lead to real money wins or entry to tournaments.
Finally, if you haven’t tried it yet, PokerStars’ Power Up is worth a look. The eSports poker game gives you power cards and energy, giving you more options for strategy, and to tamper with opponent’s plans. It’s not for everyone, but the game is well balanced and an ideal option if you are just looking for a bit of fun.