The word “poker” is derived from the Greek word meaning “pot”, which is where the similarities between online and offline poker originate from. Poker is any of a variety of card games where players bet over which hand is most likely to win in terms of the specific rules of the game. Like many of the world’s traditional games, however, poker has also developed its own unique set of rules, particularly since its conception and development as an online game. One of the biggest differences between online and offline poker, then, lies in the rules of engagement.
In most online games, players will be dealt a hand of cards face down. Once the cards are dealt, they will be turned over to the player sitting across from the dealer and a blind placed on the table. All other cards must be brought out and placed in front of the blind. Players are not allowed to look at their cards, and must follow the rules of poker directly. They may wager chips, but only up to the maximum number of chips already in play on their hand.
In a live game, on the other hand, all players are dealt a hand and are immediately dealt another round of betting before the first player has had a chance to Fold. Once all players have had their turn, each player is able to call the dealer to start the second round of betting. At this point, a card is flipped over and placed in front of the dealer. Players are allowed to make bids based on their highest hand, although they may still fold if they do not have a strong enough hand to make the winning bid. After the second round of betting, all players in the table with the exception of one must leave the table and new betting begins.
Online Poker includes a built-in mechanism that limits the number of times players may bet on the same round. The number of times players can enter the betting phase will be indicated on the home screen or on the summary page of the Poker Site. If the number of times players may Bet while playing is limited, players who win a large amount of money in the first betting round will stay in the pot longer and accumulate more money from the second round of betting, and so forth. This prevents players from “burning out” and repeating themselves, and ensures that there is a level playing field.
Two good examples of games where the odds are in favor of the house are Stud Poker and Five Card Stud Poker. In stud poker, a player is less likely to get a lower hand than a full house in a sit down game. However, if two studs are paired, one player is almost always better than the other at raising. In five-card stud poker, the value of the cards is what the computer calls the “house advantage”, which is the difference between the highest valued card (five) and the lowest valued card (four).
Players are encouraged to play with the computer interface as a means of testing various settings. This includes the minimum amount of bet that a player must risk, whether they must play with the first round of betting, the minimum and maximum bets for the first round, and the final bet for the last round. It also allows players to see how certain combinations and/or hole cards affect the results of the POKER games