Casino Games: Online Poker. Part One.

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Casino Games: Online Poker. Part One.

Pros And Cons Of Playing Poker Online

Let’s start with the differences between online and offline poker game or the pros and cons of the online poker version. The main principal difference is obvious; poker players, the opponents cannot see each other. An online poker player does not have to maintain his “poker image” and it is impossible to “read” the opponents hand by focusing on the body Language. In other words, the psychological aspect of the game is rather weak online. Some find this aspect good, others not so much.

Online poker, however has advantages that are too many to name. We have listed the main ones below:
  • Like offline casinos, online poker rooms are open for business 24 hours a day 365 days a year and poker players may play all around the clock, the whole year through.
  • Online poker players do not have to dress up and look presentable to play. All a player needs do is login and play.
  • Playing poker online at the computer is more comfortable that at the casino table.
  • Online poker players can choose from a wide variety of games including the rarest ones.
  • Poker players may participate in a number of tournaments and cash-games at the same time.
  • Poker players can play at several online poker sites at the same. Play many games with simultaneous shuffling and dealing. Time limit for decision making even makes the game more lively.
  • Online poker players do not have to control and count the pot and their own chips.
  • Playing poker online is a good way to practice and master the game especially for the beginners who want to play micro limits which cannot be found in offline casinos.
Before playing the game.

If you are ready to play poker in an online poker room, you should install the poker room client programs. Basically the poker software comprises two parts – server part – here the cards are generated and information about all the players is collected. Client’s part – here the player sees the cards, opponents and makes poker decisions. Both parts of the software are connected via the Internet and constantly exchange information.

Client programs.

There are  two types of client programs: Downloaded (executable programs ) and non-downloaded ( flash or java, played in the browser). Non-downloaded programs are less convenient though their popularity is increasing. To play via a non-downloaded poker room version a poker player just needs to click on “Instant Play”, then a small browser window will be opened and the poker room software will be downloaded there. If it is a java poker room program, the player should have java install and enabled on his computer. Flash  should be installed to view flash. Poker players may need to have the latest browser versions to play the non downloaded version of the poker client.

If you prefer the downloaded version ( and it is more convenient and functional), click on “Download” on the poker room site and download the program. When the download is complete, install the poker client. The client will automatically add the icon of the poker room at your desktop or to folder “Programs”.

Rules for the registration at online poker rooms, depositing money and withdrawal winnings are the same as in online casinos. When registering, fill out the form, indicate your full name, address, phone number, email, select username and password, and also your screen name that will be used during the poker room playing sessions. Almost all online poker rooms accept credit cards. There are a few e-wallets such as Skrill, Neteller, Firepay and so on to ease online poker players funding options.

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