The history of how the poker game came about is very hard to pinpoint. Historians have long debated about the origins of the game. Although, fragments of cards that is tentatively dated to be from the 12th to 13th century were found in Egypt. Others propose that modern cards were from the Indian card game "Ganjifa."

The history of poker can be further narrowed down to several possible origins and along the way, it becomes difficult as trying to pull a royal straight flush.

In the Americas, the history of poker is more documented. Based from document records, the poker game journeyed from the New Orleans in a steamboat and up to the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

The poker game eventually spread via train and wagon. Changes in the game like stud poker, the straight, and the draw, became famous, specially during the Civil War.

The European face of poker, however, ended when the joker card was introduced in the game as a wild card in the year 1875. Also, in 1910, the state of Nevada declared betting games a felony and illegal before the law.

The state of California legitimized the draw poker because the draw poker was said to be based on the skill level of the player and the anti-gambling laws implemented during that time have no power against it. The Attorney General of California, however, declared the stud poker as illegal because the game is based on chance.

With this decision, the draw poker games developed and spread out across the nation. By 1931, the state of Nevada reversed its earlier decision and legalized casino gambling.

Despite all the different kinds of theories on the real origin of the poker game, one truth reveals itself, the poker game is a game that has endured the ravages of time and adapted to each and every generation that plays it.

Every one of the creative people who managed to do a variation of the poker game subconsciously adds another piece of history to the old and interesting history of poker.

-- The Advent Of High Stakes Online Poker

Since the early days of the poker game, poker became a bit isolated from the world. Limited to plays from business men in expensive suits inside high-rolling casinos, the poker game was out of reach from the common man. Moreover, beginners and novices who are interested in the game have a hard time to pursue their dream.

Why? Because they should be ready to shell out large amounts of cash money to be able to play. Moreover, the beginner should be ready to face the challenge of trying to stay expressionless even though his card has absolutely no sign of winning, or his opponent will have the opportunity to read his reaction and every movement.

It is a good thing that high stakes online poker came into the scene. Through the years, high stakes online poker became so famous that the World Series of Poker accepted entries from players of high stakes online poker.

-- Differences Between High Stakes Online Poker And Conventional Poker

There are many differences that beginners can identify between high stakes online poker and the brick and mortar poker game. Enumerated below are the seen differences between the high stakes online poker and brick and mortar poker game.

1. High stakes online poker is usually much more cheaper because of a smaller overhead cost. Unlike a brick and mortar casino, a high stake online poker can easily add a virtual table online as requested by a player.

2. High stakes online poker is more player friendly. The high stakes online poker software is automated to regularly notify a player if it is his turn or what the status of the game is.

3. Players of high stakes online poker or beginners for that matter need not fear that they can not manage their reactions during the game since the game is played in a virtual space and either player could see their opponent physically.

4. High stakes online poker allow the poker players to play poker at a very low stake. High stakes online poker also usually offer poker freerolls that further attracts beginners.

Casino Games: Online Poker. Part Two.


Let's start with differences of online poker from off line poker game and the pros and cons of the online poker version. The main principal difference is obvious - poker players, the opponents cannot see each other. Hence, on one hand online poker player does not have to maintain his "poker image" and on the other hand the poker player cannot "read" the opponent hand by focusing on the Body Language.  So, in online poker room the psychological moment of the game is rather weak, for somebody it is good and for someone it is not so good. In other respects online poker presents only advantages and it will take a long time to name all of them. Here are the main ones.

Any online poker room the same as any online casinos work 24 hours a day 365 days a year and any poker player may play all around the clock  hole year.

Online poker room player does not have to tog up and go somewhere.  Playing poker online at the computer is more comfortable that at the casino table.

Online poker room player can choose from a wide variety of games including the rarest ones. Online poker room player may play during a fifteen minute break; or leave the table any time. Poker player may participate in a number of tournaments and cash-games. Online poker room player can play short handed tables or face-to-face. Online poker room player may play at several online poker room tables at a time, play many games in an hour with simultaneous shuffling and dealing. Time limit for decision taking makes the game more dynamic. Online poker room player does not have to control and count the jackpot and his own chips.

Playing poker in online poker room is a good practice for the beginners playing micro limits which cannot be found in off line casino. 

Before playing the game. 
If you are ready to play poker in an online poker room, you should install online poker room client programs. Basically the poker software comprises two parts - server part - here the cards are generated  and information about all the players is collected. Client's part - here the player sees the cards, opponents and makes poker decisions. Both parts of the software are connected via the Internet and constantly exchange information.  

Client programs.
Online poker room client programs can be of two types: downloaded (executable programs ) and non-downloaded ( flash or java, played in the browser ). Non-downloaded programs are less convenient though their number is increasing. To play non-downloaded poker room version a poker player should, as a rule, press some button like "Instant Play",  then a small browser window will be opened and the poker room software will be downloaded there.  If this is java poker room program, the player should have java scripts enabled in his browser,  flash plug-in should be installed to view flash.  The poker players are likely to have Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher with 128-byte encryption.

If you prefer downloaded  version ( and it is more convenient and functional), please find the section  "Download"  at the poker room site and download the program (usually 4-8 Mb,  though sometimes occur small ones less than 1MB;  they download the software after the launch and then will install the client). When the download is complete, start the program and it will install the poker client. As a rule the client will automatically add the icon of poker room at your desktop or to folder "Programs".

Rules for the registration at online poker rooms, money depositing and withdrawal of the winning money are the same as in online casinos. When registering, fill out the application,  indicate your  full name, address,  phone number, email,  select login and password, and  also your screen name that will be used during the poker room playing sessions.  Almost all online poker rooms accept cards. There are a few e-wallets such as Moneybookes, Neteller, Firepay and so on to ease online poker room players funding options.



Casino Games: Online Poker. Part One.

Choice of the poker room for the poker game is very significant. It is prudent to pay attention to the following factors: convenience of depositing and withdrawal options,  availability of the  required games and consequently - total amount of players, level of opponents, software, support, bonuses, etc...

If you intend to use only credit for depositing and withdrawal funds and bank transfer, then it will immediately limit the list of the available poker rooms.  If you can use several methods of depositing and withdrawal funds, for example, you have an account with e-wallets such as money bookers or neteller then this issue will not restrict your choice.  

The next question is: what poker game and at what limits are going to play? Texas hold'em limit and no limit, also single and multi-table hold'em tournaments are popular at any online room, but those who prefer Omaha poker, and stud poker have to choose the most attended rooms (Party, Stars, Full Tilt) to find the opponents. The same refers to those who love high stakes, not all online poker rooms even in holdem have players who stake $50/$100 or higher.

Most poker players want to win money, so they look for weaker poker opponents. Lately the trend of levelling the poker opponents in different poker rooms is becoming more and more obvious, nonetheless Party and casino poker rooms are considered to have less professional poker players (Prima networks, Boss Media, Play tech, Pacific Poker).

Poker player may have specific requirements to the poker room software, for example, non-downloaded software is offered by poker rooms of On game, ¬2¬, Prima and Party Poker. Many poker rooms allow to reduce the size of tables, and the computer screen without overlay holds four table with the resolution 1024ı768. For somebody the facility of Poker Tracker can be a criteria. One can buy Tracker and use it, other poker players prefer poker rooms that are not allowed the Poker Tracker. 

In general, it is not about WHERE you play but HOW you play. So, choose the poker room with sufficient number of opponents at your selected limit, convenient depositing and withdrawal funds options, maybe good bonus and go ahead!
 
The game. 
After registration, log-in and enter the lobby of the online poker room. Here, as a rule, a poker player will find out the number of players, latest news, choose options, enter the cash desk to make deposit.  But the main thing is the choice of the poker games. A poker player may choose the necessary game (holdem, Omaha, stud, etc.), its type (limit, unlimited, pot-limit), cash or tournaments (sit&go or multi table), limits. The number of poker players and anticipants is shown for each poker table and also average jackpot, number of poker players at the flop and number of hands per hour. The poker player can view information about all the players of the selected poker table in anew window. The player may join the vacant table, or wait list (the player can wait for the first vacated table at the particular limit or particular table).

To make the first deposit, enter the cash desk and deposit the required sum, choosing the payment method. 

When the table opens, the poker player may take any vacant seat. Appearance of the players and the table differ from one poker room to another, but the principle is the same everywhere - oval table with seats around it. Chat option is usually at the bottom of the poker room site, as well as options and buttons for decision-making. While it is no your turn to lead, you may use the buttons of preliminary choice of action. Tick one of the proposed flags and when it is your turn, it will be done automatically. If you have not performed preliminary choice, then you have to select one of three buttons: Fold, Call, Raise. You can use mouse to operate, but some poker rooms allow to play with keyboard using "hot buttons".  You pocket cards are displayed next to your name, general cards are put in the centre of the table. The poker player usually can view the statistics of his game, communicate with other players in the chat, make notes  about  other poker players  which will be available at every poker game with this opponent. 

Enjoy experience with online poker.



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