Probably the most well-known card game in the world, the game of Poker has it's origin in the French community, in America, in New Orleans at the beginning of the 19th century.
The term comes from the French term "Poque" but most people agree that the ancestor of the game, dating back to the 15th century, was the German game Pochspiel. In America it became popular very quickly as it was played in gambling saloons and steam boats on the Louisiana and the Mississippi rivers.
Poker is a game of chance. However, when you consider the concept of making a bet, this card game involves certain skills and psychology.
In an online poker game everything is much simpler
and you can forget about the psychological issues as you will play only against one opponent, a computer. Rules are simple and straight forward. If your hand is higher than that of the computer you win.
The odds of wining are very high because you can win at least the amount of money you betted if you have at least one pair
. The better the hand the bigger the amount you can win. The best hand you can have is the Royal Flush and in online poker games you can win even 100 times
the sum you wager.
Also, in the case of an online game you do not have to compete against other players, so that if they had a better hand you would lose, or if it were a tie you would not have to split the pot. Also online games are often made to help the player, for instance you have as much time to think as you wish, or you can play around more with the cards you want to discard or hold, no one is pressing you.
The hands are ranked as follows:
Royal Flush: a series of cards, all of the same suit ranking Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten.
Straight Flush: a five card sequence where all the cards are of the same suit. For instance, 4,5,6,7,8, of hearts is a Straight Flush.
Four-of-a-Kind: four cards of the same rank with one other card of varying rank. The highest ranking Four-of-a-Kind would win in case of a tie.
Full House: a hand comprised of both a three-of-a-kind (three cards with the same rank) and a pair (two cards with the same rank). An example would be K-K-K-6-6.
Flush: consists of 5 cards of the same suit.
Straight: five cards in sequence, of mixed suits. (K-A-2-3-4) straights are NOT valid.
Three-of-a-Kind: three cards of the same rank with two other cards of varying rank (not a pair).
Two Pair: a hand that contains two cards of one rank, two cards of another rank, and a dissimilar fifth card.
One Pair: a hand that contains one set of cards with the same rank.
High Card: the weakest of poker hands, is not valid for online poker games, but if you play it at a casino you win if you have the highest ranking card. In the event of a tie, the next highest card wins, and so on.
In a typical online poker game you first need to make a bet then your cards are displayed. Next step is to choose which cards you want to keep and which should be changed.
This is the part where you can estimate your chances of winning. You can even change all 5 cards if you wish. The computer then will prompt you with the result.
That's it, simple as that. We wish you good luck and high hands!