Online poker has it all

There are many different casino games that you can play online in today’s market.  Roulette, blackjack, craps, slots, video poker: but the one that has it all is online poker.

Why?  You ask.  Well, because it is the quintessential gambler’s game.  It is nail-biting, exhilarating, thrilling, scary and adrenalin-pumped, all at once.  It requires skill to play poker, brains and just a little bit of cunning.  Yes, we know, there are sometimes negative connotations with the game, it can sometimes be represented in popular culture as being a game for gangsters or fraudsters, and even in real life, we get some associations with reported criminals, but on the whole, it’s it known to be a very exciting, and risk driven game, with amazing wins and losses to be had by sitting down to the table.

In today’s online arena you have so many options where you can play; there are virtual online casinos, there are online live poker games, which combine the thrill of being in the casino with the ease of playing from your office or home.

Of course, before you buyin to a poker game, you first need to make sure you know the rules of the game.  We will give you a brief overview on the different types of poker out there, the most common of which today is Texas Hold’em Poker, and where are the best casinos to play at.  If you are looking for more detailed information, you can also check out some good articles on the web, whereby you can pick up some poker tips.

Poker and the rise in popularity of free slots

Of course it’s not just poker games that attract players these days.  In fact many poker players also enjoy playing variety of other casino themed games.  Historically blackjack has been a popular side game for poker players, so much so that some major casino operators actively cross sold blackjack to their player base in an attempt to improve overall revenues.  Unfortunately this had the opposite effect with online poker revenues dropping.  Ultimately it’s clear that players tend to have a playing budget and for the wise majority, when that budget is exhausted that’s it.  In these cases players have looked to play other free casino games, and this has seen the rise in popularity of free slots sites such as Slotathon.com, where players can play a large number of free online slot games from a number of leading software manufacturers.

Poker – a history

There are so many resources on the internet that will tell you about the history of the game of poker, it’s almost not worth going into it here.  But we will give you a brief summary, so as to give you a bit of context of the game.

Poker is centuries old.  A Chinese emperor, ruling in the 10th Century, was reported to have played a game very similar to modern day poker.  Persians also played a similar game back in the 16th century called As-Nas. But back in Europe, the closest ancestor to poker was the Spanish 16th century game known as ‘primero’, meaning first, where players would receive 3 cards each and have to place bets as to whether they had the best cards, or ‘bluff’ (pretend they had good cards when indeed they didn’t). Sneak a peek at your hole cards This game then gave rise to French and German equivalents of the game a century later, ‘poque’ and ‘pochen’ respectively (loosely translated as ‘bluff’).  The French took the game to their settlements in America, notably New Orleans, where it coined the name ‘poker’ by the English speakers out there and got adapted to more of the 5 card game that we recognise today.

Over the next century, the game returned to Europe, now with a few variations on the game; five-card draw, seven-card stud and the most recent variation, Texas Hold’em, which gained massive popularity during the 70s after being included in the World Series of Poker (the WSOP).

Check out the variations of poker on some of the following pages of this site and also, have a look at some of the great cinematic poker games of all time on our poker films and books page.

Don’t forget, there are many many places where you can play online poker on the internet.  Most online casinos will have poker games within their gaming options, so click through here for some of the best online casinos around.