Online poker has taken the whole internet by surprise, it actually generates more money than sex does.
Now that everyone can play poker online behind his or her computers it has become a very social thing to do. Instead of just surfing the Internet like we used to do, nowadays people play poker. There of course some people who say that they can earn a living out of playing poker online for a few hours a day but that is only a very small percentage.
As there has been such an increase in the popularity of playing poker online that there has also been an increase in the amount of poker rooms. There are of course only a few large poker rooms that have a database of 50,000+ poker players but there are even more smaller ones. These smaller ones can also be fun but if you are looking to always play in full rooms then we suggest you stay with the big ones.
There are many different kinds of poker, Caribbean Stud, Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7 card stud, 5 card draw, etc, etc. We will give you a short explanation of the most popular form, Texas Hold’em.
Players: max 10 players can play at a time.
Dealer: this can be anyone at the table, there is a button that moves from player to player in a clockwise direction that indicates who the dealer is per round.
Deal: everyone who is playing is dealt 2 cards, Hole Cards. Now there will be three cards dealt in the middle, face up. These are called community cards. It is the whole idea of the game to use your “hole cards” and the “community cards” to make a hand. After every betting round there will be a forth and fifth community card placed face up on the table.
Blinds: at the beginning of a hand two players have to post blind bets, small blind and big blind. The player left of the dealer has to put up the small blind and the next player the big blind. If a player has just put up a blind then they only have to make up the difference with the current bet at that time.
Betting order: during any game there are four rounds where bets can be made. These start after every time a new community card is turned. The first player to the left of the dealer always starts the betting except on the first round, then it is the first player to the left of the person who posted the big blind.
Showdown: when all the cards have been dealt and there is no more betting it is time to show your cards, showdown. The player who has the best hand using his/her own cards and the community cards wins the pot. If players have the same value hand then the pot will be split, a player is not allowed to use only the community cards to make a hand but must also use at least one of his/her hole cards.