Online poker, often called Internet Poker, is playing the game of poker but instead of in person with real cards you play online via the Internet.
How is online poker different to playing in person?
In essence the game is the same online as playing poker in person but the rules can be very different. Also the players do not sit across from each other as everyone is behind their computer screen and can be in different locations. This eliminates one of the major factors in playing poker in person, reading your opponents body language and the psychology behind the game. And so players who play online need to learn different skills such as fold and flop percentages and reaction times.
What else is different? The actual game played online is generally faster than in person, this is purely due to the human factor being taken out of it, for example the time it takes to gather up the cards, shuffle and deal is not used as online it is instant, and no interruptions or chat and so it is generally a faster game online playing up to 100 hands per hour.
The choice of online poker games
Just as there is more than one type of poker game in person there is more than one online poker game. These include:
- Texas Holdem Poker
- Limit Texas Holdem Poker