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What to Play, Online Poker

Jun 15, 2008
Now, you've made up your mind, you will play some internet poker. You need to pick a game to play. Only looking at Texas holdem, let's see what you have to choose from.

The classic tournament format. These are events where you start at a designated time, buy in for a stack of chips, and play until you run out of chips or players. Tournaments take quite a while to complete.

Still a multi table event, there is also the re buy /add on format. Here, for a designated amount of time, usually one hour, you can buy more chips whenever your chip stack is at the original buy in amount, or less. After the first hour, you can add on by buying more chips. Then the rest of the tournament is like a normal multi table event.

The free roll is one of the ways online poker rooms try to keep their players happy. These are normally just multi table tournaments with one big difference. They have prizes, but are free to enter!

Instead of paying full entry for a tournament, you can try a satellite. In this format you will play for a seat in a bigger multi table event. For example, a $20 satellite for a $100 event one of every five players will be awarded a seat to the $100 tournament.

The Sit and Go format of tournaments is very popular. The main difference with Sit and Go events is that they begin when a designated number of players sit at the table. So, to play in a nine player Sit and Go you start when the ninth player sits down.

A combination, of sorts, is the multi table sit and go. Here, at least two tables, could be many more, are used. The tournament will have an exact number of players and start when the entries fill. After that, this will be just like a multi table event.

The poker we all play at home is the ring game. This is where you put your cash on the table and play for it. The three main formats are, no limit, pot limit, and limit.

Yet another type of event would be the heads up tournament. Players compete in heads up matches, like a tennis tournament, with the winners advancing. This continues until you have a champion.

In addition to Texas holdem, five card draw, razz, stud games and more are offered.

As you can see there's a lot of choices. Learn the game before you play. Losing, because you didn't know the particulars of the game you're in, will be very irritating.
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