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A Casino Poker Primer: A Guide for Beginners

I play so much poker online that I sometimes forget that there are people out there who want to play but don’t really understand all the options…save for going to their closest brick and mortar casino.

So…for them, I dedicate this posting. And for the experienced players, I’ll get back to sifting through world reports about poker so that YOU know what’s happening everywhere.

First: Casino poker refers to any game played with cards; that’s different from video poker, obviously. Thanks to the many who have contributed to this posting….

When playing online, the distinction may not be quite as obvious since there are no physical cards to play with, so consider casino poker the variation played on a table, often against opponents and with a dealer.

There are a whole host of online casino poker games. Some you might have heard of. Others, not.

At many casinos, players can find games that vary in difficulty, with some games poker varieties requiring more skill than others.

Some games are more commonly found at online casinos, while some of the others players need to seek out at online poker rooms instead.

The most popular games

1. Texas Hold ‘Em
This is one variety of online casino poker that has become especially popular.

It’s the game often portrayed in celebrity and pro tournaments that are aired on TV.

It’s a slightly simpler game than other types of casino poker, because it uses community cards.

With Texas Hold ‘Em each player receives their own 2 cards, facedown. The community cards are referred to as the flop for the first 3 cards, and then the next two dealt subsequently are the turn and the river.

Those who want to play Texas Hold ‘Em can choose between Limit Texas Hold ‘Em where the potential pot of winnings are fixed and there are maximum bets, or No Limit where players can bet as much as they want and this determines the pot.

2. Omaha Poker
Omaha Poker is not so different from Texas Hold ‘Em and it’s another really popular game with online casinos.

The simpler version of Omaha Poker is referred to as Omaha Hi; in this game players receive 4 cards of their own, and have to use 2 of them in combination with the 5 community cards for a hand. Omaha Hi/Low requires that they split their 4 cards to create 2 hands; one that’s high and one that’s low.

Like Texas Hold ‘Em the game comes in Limit or No Limit, though Limit with Omaha seems to be more popular.

3. Seven Card Stud
I grew up playing this game.

It’s classic. Here, players have all of their cards in their hand and have the option to discard some of their cards in the hopes of receiving better ones for a stronger hand

We’ll talk strategy another time. But those three games are probably the most commonly played online games these days.

Enjoy, and let me know if this was helpful.

If so, we’ll do a poker strategy posting sometime soon.

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