Online Poker can be a daunting task for the uninitiated. But it needn’t be that way. In this first of a 2-part article we explain what happens when you play the ‘simpler’ version of online Poker, when it’s just you against the casino, no other players to worry about.
Why play online at all?
Since you don’t have to worry about being in an intimidating casino facing experienced players, online Poker is a good place to start. Add to that the fact that you can often play for low stakes, it’s secure with little chance of collusion or other foul practices, you can take as much time as you wish in deciding what to do, and you can play from the comfort of home, the online version represents an excellent introduction to the wider world of Poker.
Why the different types of Poker?
Poker evolved gradually over a long period time and well before the Internet came along. Regional variations such as Russian Poker and Pai Gow have led to a wide range of very different games.
Which type is for me?
That’s for you to decide of course, simple versions like Video Poker can be a gateway to the other variants such as Russian Poker or the prestigious Texas Hold ‘Em. Fortunately online casinos allow you to play for free so you can practice and get a feel for the different types.
What’s worth looking for?
A progressive jackpot! This is where individual players will contribute to a pot each time they play against the house; this jackpot, which can reach astronomical figures and usually pays out to the lucky player who gets the highest possible scoring hand (ie. a Royal Flush).
Other useful extras are games which have a clearly defined set of rules and paytable, or even an ‘expert’ function which can give advice and tactics on what to do in a given situation in Poker.
They’re generally automated programs, though you might occasionally find a ‘live dealer’ version where an actual real croupier will deal for you, though this is more common in Blackjack or Baccarat.
Real Time Gaming (RTG) licenses a huge range of online Poker rooms. Because of the nature of their model, casinos have a substantial amount of leeway in the use of their software, which means RTG-powered casinos can demonstrate a vast range of looks, designs and, quite frankly, quality, so be sure to do your research before signing up. Recommended RTG casinos include Win Palace, Jackpot Casino and High Noon.