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The Most Commonly Played Online Poker Games

In the world today, there are many types of poker games. There are poker games, which are played regularly while others are not common. Surprisingly only the common ones are on the online sites. Poker games take several forms: tournaments, cash games, and the speed poker format online. In other instances, they can be classified by their betting limits. The number of people playing poker online has increased significantly due to technological advancement.

Here are some of the most popular types of online poker games: Continue reading →

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Different Types of Online Poker Variants

When someone asks if you play poker, they generally mean Texas Hold’em. It is of course the poker variation that is played in the World Series of Poker Main Event. However, there are many versions of poker beyond No Limit Hold’em. Some poker players like to stick to one game whilst others play many different poker variants.

Most online poker games can be divided into one of the following categories:

  • Stud Poker – The most common games of this type are Five-card Stud and Seven-card Stud. Players receive both face-down cards and face-up cards, with multiple rounds of betting taking place.
  • Draw Poker – Five-card draw is the most common example of this game. Players receive a full hand, face-down, and may discard and redraw a set number of cards.
  • Community Card Poker – Texas Hold’em and Omaha are the most popular examples. Shared cards are dealt face-up, while each player also receives a certain number of face-down cards. Community cards and cards in the player’s hand are combined to make the best possible poker hand.

Other common poker variants include:

  • Lowball – In games such as Razz, the lowest poker hand wins the pot.
  • High-Low Split – The highest and lowest hands split the pot.
  • Pai Gow Poker – Player and dealer are dealt seven cards. The player must make a five-card hand and a two-card hand. To win, both of the player’s hands must beat the dealer’s hands.

These poker games can sometimes be played in land-based poker rooms. As you’d expect, it’s the more popular poker variants that can most often be be found at online poker rooms. Texas Hold’em and Omaha are the games you’re most likely to find in your favorite online poker site’s lobby, however, don’t let this discourage you from trying out other variations of poker, including mixed games such as HORSE (which allow you to play multiple poker variants at the same time). Just expect to find less tables to join for the less commonly played poker games. Continue reading →

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What is a Prop Poker Player?

Prop poker players. You may have heard of them from a friend or you may have overheard it from casino managers. If you don’t know what they are, don’t be afraid – they’re players, just like you. Read on and discover what they really are.

A prop player starts or rejuvenates poker games and is essentially, a plant from the casino itself. The number of games a prop poker player plays can range from one to twenty, depending on the mood of the day and the time. In the morning, they start the games and are always required to leave one seat open for players. Sometimes, all the players at a table are prop players. This is especially true in the morning, when there are hardly any players. If players arrive, the props attempt to leave one a time, to offer room for the players. The most notable part of being a prop player is that while they are paid by the hour, often times the players use their own money. Continue reading →

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Can you Play Poker at Online Casinos

The question in the title gets asked by complete newbies in the world of online gambling all the time. Recently turned 18, a student of mine – knowing about my passion for games of chance in the cyberspace – wanted to explore its secrets for himself. He seemed a bit confused about the nature of poker, and that of casino games. But the question made me think about the perception of poker among the uninitiated – they see it as a game of chance.

Online casinos have poker – sort of

Poker is not a game of chance, which makes it unfit for online casinos. It is a game with a lot of skill and strategy involved, while casino games rely almost exclusively on chance. Besides, poker is a game you play with real opponents, not an impersonal random number generator, like in the case of most casino games. So, the first answer you might feel tempted to give to such a question would be a categoric “No”. Continue reading →

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A Preview of the 2014 WSOP November Nine

With the WSOP Main Event final table set to recommence play on Monday, November 10th, it’s time to preview the players at the final table that make up a part of the November Nine. All of them have a chance to win the guaranteed $10 million for first place plus the prestigious gold bracelet.

Jorryt Van Hoof is the chip leader with 38,375,000 in chips. Regardless of where he finishes, it will be his largest live tournament score to date by a very big margin.

Felix Stephensen is an online cash game specialist with obviously a great deal of talent in tournaments, as well. He has 32,775,000 chips to play with as the second chip leader. Continue reading →

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Now That It’s Semi-Legal, Live vs Online Poker

Online poker and live poker games in the United States both have disadvantages and advantages. I’m writing this article specifically for the players who are undecided which form of poker is best for them. With that said, it doesn’t have to be one or the other, you can play both if you so choose (assuming there is a casino somewhere close to you.)

When it comes to online poker you will see many more hands per hour. This is true whether you’re playing at one table or several tables. You will definitely see this if you are playing more than one cash game hand or if you are playing more than one online tournament at a time – made possible because of . You’ll be lucky to see 30 hands an hour playing live poker. Continue reading →

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Poker Throughout History

old_poker_gameThe game of poker is thought by many historians to have originated more than ten centuries ago. Most people believe it to be a combination of different games that have involved playing with ranked cards.

Most people believe that poker came from the Chinese around 969 A.D. Legend holds that Emperor Mu-tsuang played “cards” with his wife on the eve of the New Year. On the other hand, some poker aficionados believe that the Egyptians deserve the credit for introducing the first poker variant. Egyptians in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries played several forms of cards; and in the sixteenth century, Persian peoples used “Treasure Cards” for a variety of gambling games. Continue reading →

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California Getting Closer To Offering Legalized Online Poker

California has two potential online poker bills, which if passed, will launch legalized real money online poker in the state. The only U.S. states to have a regulated online poker market is Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey. Combined these three states have a population of 12 million people. Compare this to California which has a population of 38 million.

Considering the larger group of online poker players in California, it would be reasonable to expect that more operators could be viable as they wouldn’t be faced with the liquidity problems that smaller sites in some of the other states have had to deal with. Continue reading →

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Bitcoin Poker Sites

First things first, what is Bitcoin? For those who don’t know, Bitcoin is a virtual currency that was developed by an anonymous person known only as Satoshi Nakamoto. Launched around 2009, Bitcoins are mined by computers which are solving complex math problems. There is a cap on the total number of bitcoins that could possibly exist as a way to ensure they are not devalued by having an unlimited supply of them.

How do I get Bitcoin?

There are basically two ways with which you can obtain Bitcoin (BTC). You can mine for them, as alluded to above, but with this comes huge costs, as mining for Bitcoins requires a dedicated computer with specialized hardware. Alternatively, you can purchase them online at a currency exchange such as Coinbase or Blockchain. Continue reading →

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Rogue Online Poker Rooms

Many prospective poker players have concerns about the safety of the online game. Poker history is littered with examples of seemingly legitimate poker sites which went bad. This post covers the history of 3 rouge online poker rooms, and one which is showing some early warning signs. At the end you will find some easy steps to protect yourself from any future scandals.

Ultimate Bet / Absolute Poker And Their Cheating Scandals

Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker were two of the bigger poker sites during the poker boom years. They were owned and run by the same organization based out of Costa Rica and later shared a platform in the form of the Cereus Poker Network. Continue reading →

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