Beginners Guide To Playing Online Poker

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With restrictions forcing casinos to close online poker in South Africa has seen a sharp rise in players signing up, if you have not already you might be curious as to how it works? Whilst it is very similar to the live version there are some things you should know in order to play poker online.  

The most popular online poker is Texas Hold’em, arguably the most popular poker game in general. The online alternative works in the same way, the goal is to get a higher-ranking hand than your opponents, when you think you have got this is where you can increase your bet and get opponents to fold. The hands include: 

  • Pair 
  • Two pair 
  • Three of a kind 
  • Straight 
  • Flush 
  • Full house 
  • Four of a kind 
  • Straight flush 
  • Royal Flush 

Types of Poker 

There are a number of variants of online poker to explore including Texas Hold’em, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw, Follow the Queen and Omaha. The general idea in all these online poker games is to make the best possible hand.  There are three main types of games involved with different poker variants: 

  • ‘Stud’ games deal usually 5 or 7 cards and players must make the best possible hand with them. 
  • ‘draw’ games allow players to trade in up to 3 of their cards in an attempt to receive a better hand. 
  • ‘community card’ games give players “hole cards” that are their own and “community cards” that anyone can use to make the bets possible hand. 

In 7 Card Stud the player must play the best hand they can using up to 5 cards, in Omaha each player has 4 hole cards and 5 community cards of which to make the best 5 card hand possible. In 5 card draw each player is dealt 5 cards, but on the first go each player may choose to trade in up to 3 of them. Follow the Queen is a 7 card ‘stud’ game in which the cards that follows after a queen is flipped is the wild card. 

Where To Play

All of these variants and more are available across sites accessed through our online-casino-slots website. Esch site offers brilliant starting bonuses to new players, offering the best South African online poker deals with great percentages of your deposit back as free bets and casino free spins available. For example, African Grand Casino will return up to 750% of your first deposit and 110 free casino spins, there are many more brilliant offers like this to take advantage of. 

The great thing about online Poker is that you have more control about the price of chips, for new players this means you can start off playing as low as R0.01 chips and build up your pot as you become more accustomed with how the game works.