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Ever since Chris Moneymaker parlayed a $39 satellite buy-in into a seat at the 2003 WSOP Main Event, online poker games have become hot. And you want a piece of that action! So does everyone else because poker gaming online is now established as game where skill and logic prevail over blind luck and intuition.
But there is a lot to online poker gaming and it can seem a bit overwhelming. But don’t panic as we are going to show you:
- The different poker variants and what they offer
- Where to sign up to ensure you have a great experience
- Resources and links on this site that can help you improve your skills
The Growth of Poker
Before the now infamous "Moneymaker Boom" poker games were a fading light in the gambling world, dwindling in the back rooms of casinos across the globe. Indeed, with poker revenue hitting an all-time low in the mid-nineties, many major operators scaled back their poker rooms in favour of traditional table games such as blackjack, roulette and craps. However, thanks to the synergy of Moneymaker's victory and the growth of online gaming, poker games soon became a veritable cash cow and now take pride of place in gaming establishments from the UK, to the US, and beyond.
The Many Forms of Poker
Far from a singular entity, poker is actually a collection of interesting variants that each house their own subtle skill considerations. While traditional depictions of a poker game online involve various versions of stud or draw, the most popular game in the present day is Texas Hold'em: specifically No Limit Texas Hold'em. Known as the Cadillac of poker and featuring two hole cards and five community cards, the card game was once described by Crandell Addington as one where "the target comes alive and shoots back at you."
While No Limit Texas Hold'em is by far the most popular form of poker gaming on the planet, other variants are now stealing some of the limelight. Indeed, in addition to Pot Limit Omaha a number of mixed games, such as H.O.R.S.E (Texas Hold'em, Omaha hi/lo, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud hi/lo) and Eight-Game, are now attracting attention along with innovative formats such as Open Face Chinese Poker.