In just a couple of years’ time it will have been 20 years since the first internet poker games were played for real money. In that time the game has evolved in many ways. Not only has the game of choice switched from fixed-limit to no-limit Holdem, the software, game types and software used to enjoy the games have changed too.
This page gives you an idea of what to expect from internet poker right now. First below, the online poker sites are covered – including how your location affects the sites you can play on. After that the game formats and myriad variations are covered. Finally, you can find out about the software – with mobile devices as well as computers covered.
Poker Rooms by Location
The poker sites you can reach depend on your location. The biggest division is between the US online poker sites and those welcoming players from around the world. There are also specific sites for other countries where poker is regulated – for example France and Italy.
In the US, federal law restricts deposits to poker sites – though does not make playing real money internet poker illegal for individual players. With no licensed sites outside of a handful of States, poker rooms operate offshore. These rooms are based in the Caribbean, or sometimes in Central America. You will find some long-running brands offshore, and together they make up a thriving poker economy. Sites include BetOnline, Ignition Poker and America’s Cardroom.
Around the world you can access the huge international high volume online poker rooms. The biggest of these is PokerStars, which is several times bigger than its closest rivals. Other large sites include 888 Poker, Party Poker and the iPoker Network. These sites are licensed in reputable jurisdictions around Europe, and their size enables them to offer a huge selection of games and poker tournaments with big guaranteed prize pools.
While players in many countries enjoy these huge sites, there are several countries which ‘ring fence’ their player base. Examples here include France, Spain and Italy.
Games Available on Internet Poker Sites
In the past, the only choice was to play a cash game or a poker tournament. Both of these still run, however there are now many variations within each type – and many novel and entertaining types of poker too. All internet poker sites are dominated by no-limit Holdem. This is many times more popular than Omaha, the second biggest game. Other variations such as Stud and Draw Poker are available at the biggest poker sites.
Cash game poker is where each bet you make is with real money. Here you can reload or top up your stack at any point, and pots you drag are worth exactly the amount shown. 6-max no-limit Holdem has emerged as the single most popular game format – though you’ll find every table size from 2 through to 10 players. You can find games with penny blinds, and others where the smallest buy-ins run into $10000+.
Tournaments are an area which shows a huge amount of innovation. This is a knockout format, where you buy-in and are handed tournament chips. The games last until one player has all of the chips – with payouts based on how long you last. There are literally 100’s of variations in game format, speed (turbo, hyper turbo and so on), betting type, bounties and prize pool distribution. You can enjoy poker tournaments which award prizes in prestigious live events – and others with guaranteed prize pools which reach into the millions.
Sit N Goes have evolved many variations of their own. These started out as 1 table tournaments, though now have variations which include double or nothing, Fifty50 and the many different variations on lottery jackpot sit n goes.
A fairly recent innovation is collectively known as ‘Fast-Fold Poker’. This goes under various names including Zoom Poker, Speed Holdem and Zone Poker. The concept is the same for each type, with players placed in ‘pool’ and randomly combined at the start of each new hand. With a new hand starting as soon as you fold, there is no waiting time – making this format much faster than traditional cash game poker.
Playing Internet Poker on Different Devices
At one point you needed to download software to enjoy online poker games. While this format still exists, you can now reach the games via your web browser and on mobile devices. Some internet poker sites have created apps which are specifically coded for Android phones or iPhones. Others use responsive browser games which detect your device and adjust the display accordingly.
Fast fold games – where the action comes thick and fast – are ideal for mobile devices. These games allow you to get a lot of poker play into a short space of time.
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