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Lesson 13

Poker

Poker is the one game that has probably done more than any other to increase the popularity of online gambling. Apart from most online casinos where it's available, you can find a host of dedicated poker rooms as well.

The draw to this game is that it involves a greater element of skill than any other casino game and the money involved only comes from the players - not the casino.

Below, you'll find a brief introduction to poker in general and some of the major varieties.

Poker Is More than One Card Game

In fact, poker is a collective name for many different card games.

Ultimatley, poker is a game in which players with fully or partially concealed cards make wagers into a central pot'. This pot is then awarded to the remaining player or players who possess the best combination of cards.

The majority of poker games do share some common features: betting in rounds and the ranking of hands for example. The divisions between the different types are generally stud games, draw games, and flop games.

Some of the most common poker games online are Texas Hold'em, Seven Card Stud, Five-card Draw and Omaha .

Because each game is different, there's not enough space here to describe the rules and characteristics of each variety. For more information, check the web for particular rules and strategy for certain poker games and/or try out several varieties online.

Casino Poker Variations

You can also find a couple of poker variations in online casinos. The two most popular are Pai Gow and Caribbean Stud.

The difference between these games and regular poker is that you play against a dealer instead of other players. So even though the game is based on poker, one could argue that it's more closely related to casino games like blackjack or baccarat.

Continue to Lesson 14

 

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