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The recent upsurge in the number of people playing poker can possibly be attributed to the fact that people no longer need to visit casinos or dusty backroom bars. The availability of online gaming sites has made it easier for people to get involved in the game for a number of reasons. Firstly, you can play the game at your own convenience from your armchair at home or your hotel room. Another reason is that online gaming often provides a certain degree of anonymity to the player as you are not actually sat opposite your fellow players so a good poker face is not required and it makes it easier for you to hold your nerve when that great hand you have been waiting for finally arrives. There is also some big cash to be made as well with some companies offering million-dollar prize money to tournament winners.

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The game itself is actually quite easy to learn and although there are many different versions of the game the most popular is probably Texas Hold Em. You would usually start with around eight or ten players who each pay an agreed amount as the buy in to play. This is then exchanged for poker chips of different values that you use to bet with. The dealer then deals each player two cards and the first round of betting begins where you have the option of either folding or throwing away you cards, check which is a no bet or raising the stakes. Other players then have the opportunity to match the bet or see the flop. At this point, the flop, I dealt and three community cards are placed in the center and the betting round starts again. Another two cards are dealt later and the aim is to create a hand of five cards that is better than any other players. Whoever has the best hand will win the pot in the middle of the table and the process starts again with the overall winner taking everybody else’s chips.

Hands can be anything from a single ace high right through the various combinations of runs, straights, full houses to the ultimate hand of a royal flush – the ten card to ace of the same suit – very rare indeed. So as you can see with a little bit of skill and slightly more luck you could find yourself playing a seat at the final table and winning yourself a cool one million dollars. Try it out at where they have all kinds of games to get involved with.


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