Online poker: Per aspera ad astra


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For years poker existed in smoky bars and noisy casinos. That all changed in the early 2000s when a booming internet and an obscure Tennessee accountant turned the whole poker industry upside down.

In the ’90s online poker was enjoyed in several chat rooms – amateur experiments, nothing more. With the advancement of technology, poker sites emerged with a robust security system. Players could bet against each other without fearing for their money.

The online poker boom started in 2003 when a regular American, Chris Manimaker, entered the World Series of Poker Main Event via a $40 online tournament. Manimaker ended up winning $2.5 million, single-handedly turning the entire poker world upside down. Soon poker began to be televised on ESPN and hundreds of thousands of players set off to conquer the internet.

Online poker is popular for the same reasons as real room poker. The rules are simple, the game is addictive and enjoyable. In poker, skill is of paramount importance as opposed to slots or roulette. Plus, you can play at any time, at any limit, from the comfort of your own home.

Is poker a sport or fun?

Poker is the world’s most popular two-player intelligent card game, although thousands of people can participate in tournaments at different poker tables simultaneously. A competent game of poker is based on logic and the mathematical calculation of various probabilities and odds. As in any intellectual game, the poker player who does the better job of trying out and calculating probabilities and outcomes will always win.

Each bid in trade is made by the players by placing a certain number of chips in the center of the table. These chips from the “pot”, which at the end of the draw goes to the winner.

The skill of a poker player is based on his ability to continuously calculate the size of the pot (both current and potential) relative to the strength of his hand and the probability that it will improve (or deteriorate) as more cards are drawn. The world’s top poker experts make huge amounts of calculations in their heads every second, constantly monitor their opponents’ play, and are also experts in psychology. Therefore, it can be concluded that poker, in terms of the number of possible strategies to play and so on, is a sport. However, on the other hand, it brings a huge amount of fun, at the expense of emotions not only from possible winning but also from losing.

What varieties of poker can I play?

There are many different types of poker, each of which will certainly have its variation of betting, bluffing, as well as its hierarchy of combinations. The most popular form of poker is No-Limit Texas Hold’em, Doyle Brunson once called it the “Cadillac of Poker”.

In No-Limit Hold’em, two cards are dealt to each player. The main objective: to make the strongest combination using the starting cards and common cards on the board. Hold’em is noticeably easier than many other types of poker but is very difficult to master.

Online Poker Tournaments

In tournament poker, a player deposits a buy-in and gets an initial stack. If you lose all your chips, you’re out; if you collect all the player’s chips, you win. Because the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, and European Poker Tour tournaments are very popular.

Online poker tournaments, on the other hand, are considered to be the cheapest way to win big money. There are several $10 buy-in tournaments where the winner receives over $200,000.

The peak time in poker rooms is on weekends: maximum number of players, largest prize pools. Sunday tournaments are often more prestigious and lucrative than many live events, attracting thousands of entrants. 


Sit & Go

Sit & Go tournaments are essentially small tournaments (one or more tables) and start after a certain number of players have signed up. Sit & Go tournaments run around the clock due to high gaming traffic. Sit & Go tournaments take much less time, but the prize money is also much lower. Before you start playing in these tournaments, be sure to check out our exclusive Sit & Go Essentials series for lots of useful tips.

Cash Games

At the cash tables, every chip has a real value. You’re free to leave the table at any time, so you’re free to play for 10 minutes or 10 hours ( /). One of the most important features of this format is the freedom of the cash player. In tournaments, you have to sit out a certain amount of time, at cash tables you are always a free bird.


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