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Online Poker - Everything You Need To Know To Get Started!

Aug 17, 2007
Poker includes various card games that are played by at least two people who take turns betting on the value of their hands. Online poker consists of the same games, played against other players over an internet connection. There are numerous web sites set up in which the players can create accounts and play poker with other players, these sites are typically called online poker rooms.

The most commonly played online poker game at the current time is Texas Hold 'em. The game has a few variations including a no limit version and a pot limit version. The limits apply to the amount players are allowed to wager. Other games are gaining popularity online, including 7 or 5 card stud, Omaha hi, and Omaha low.

Some of the most popular places to play online poker include:

PokerStars.com
Poker.com
Absolute Poker
Bodog
Full Tilt

Each of these online poker rooms offer the option to play for fun, with no real money being wagered, and the option to play with real money. You fund your account with the poker room and then can play in tournaments or cash games. If you lose in a real money game, you lose the amount of money you have paid to play in the tournament or the amount of money wagered in a cash game. A good way to try a new poker room is to play for fun first. This allows you to test out the software the site uses, and test your skills. For strategy and tutorial articles, online poker and casino site promotions and the latest news in the industry, visit jacknoir.com. The site is updated daily and is the online poker and gambler's best friend.
Understanding the value of the hands is essential to playing any variation of poker, online or off! Here are the poker hand values, from highest to lowest:

Royal Flush: All of the cards are the same suit, and includes the cards 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace.
Straight Flush: All cards are the same suit, and are in a sequence (2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
Four of a Kind: Four cards are the same.
Full house: Three cards that are the same, and two cards with a second rank. (3, 3, 3, 6, 6).
Straight: All cards are in a sequence.
Three of a Kind: Three cards are the same
Two Pair: Two sets of cards that match. (5, 5, 7, 7, anything)
One Pair: Two of the cards match.
High Card: When there are no real hands in poker, the person with the highest ranking card in their hand has the high card and wins that hand. Starts with Ace, moves down the ranks to 2.

If you know how to play poker around the table with a deck of cards and some friends, you will not have difficulty transitioning to the online poker environment. Easy to use options are included with every poker software- allowing users to decide whether to check, fold, call or raise with their hand. If the world of poker is completely new to you, starting online is a great place for you to learn the rules of the game!
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