Las Vegas might be the Gambling Capital of the World, but no one gambles more than Australians, and one of the most popular ways to risk a few dollars in this country is with poker. This game has a number of variants and is played all over the world. It is one of the few gambling games that can be played professionally, and one of the few that can be played both against the house and against other players.
In this article we’ll focus on online variants of poker, looking at how you can exploit them to get a consistent return for your money, and where the best places are to play them.
There are many poker variants, and most of these can be found on online casinos, poker rooms and more. The most common variant is Texas Hold’em, whereby just 2 cards are dealt to each player along with 5 community cards that all players can “use”. This game is played against other players, with the house taking a small cut from each pot, and not benefiting whether you win or lose that pot.
Texas Hold’em can be found on many online poker rooms, but it is not used on video poker machines, which are played against an automated opponent, with the house having a small edge. These games use the Five Card Draw variant, which is one of the oldest forms of poker and used to be the most popular, played by Wild Bill and company in the Wild West.
Three Card Poker is also common and is also played against the house. These games take place on a table and are played between a dealer and a player, much like blackjack.
Other games include Badugi, Omaha, Stud, Hi/Lo, Chinese Poker and OFC Poker. There are also “mixed” games, whereby you play 2 or more poker variants over the course of a single cash game or tournament, donating a certain amount of hands or a certain length of time to each variant.
One of the many good things about poker is that it can be beaten. That’s why there are many professionals playing this game, and why they make a lot of money doing it. The strategy you use depends on the game you play. In multi-table Hold’em play, it is important to play counterintuitively. This means that whilst many players assume the best thing to do is to play loose prior to the bubble and then to tighten up, the right thing to do is the opposite, as this means you can exploit everyone else’s nervous play, taking their chips off them by being aggressive and forcing them to fold time after time.
In Three-Card Poker it is important to remember that the dealer needs to qualify, so the hand doesn’t really begin until after this point, and if you play your cards right (quite literally) you can scoop a lot of small wins prior to them qualifying, all of which will lead to a sizeable total during prolonged play.
When it comes to actual poker hands, then you need to remember that all poker is about playing for the best odds. You make your moves based on what will give you the best chance of getting a return. Do not take risks, don’t aim for long-shots. Just play safely and convince Lady Luck to join you by making sure you only commit to moves that give you the best chance of winning. This applies to all forms of poker, including video poker, although where this is concerned you can be forgiven for taking a few chances, especially when you consider the astronomical returns that things like royal flushes can bring.
Where to Play
Whilst you might lean towards an online poker room when choosing where to play, you can’t beat online casinos where poker is concerned. The bonuses here are considerably better, because they take your losses directly and don’t rely on small rakes, so they can afford to run big promotions. In a poker room you’ll have to risk thousands and thousands of dollars before you can unlock small bonuses of no more than $50. On an online casino, however, you’ll get some free cash as soon as you join.
One of the better online casinos out there right now is Royal Vegas Casino. As well as a new member bonus of $1,200, they also have a loyalty scheme, some top notch software and a great deal more. They are even members of the Fortune Lounge Group, who have all sorts of promotions and tournaments. When it comes to poker, Royal Vegas has over a dozen video poker variants and it also has variants of everything from Red Dog and Three Card Poker, to Caribbean Stud poker and more.