After over 40 years serving as the largest poker tournament in the world, WSOP (under the leadership of Caesar's Interactive Entertainment) breached the online poker world with a bang. Catering solely to players in the United Kingdom, WSOP Poker (Poker.WSOP.com) is powered by the Dragonfish software platform, which in turn, is owned by Cassava Enterprises (888 Holdings) and synced up with the Pacific Poker network. This amounts to a very large Texas Hold'em play pool, large guaranteed tournaments and free rolls every day of the week, and immediate access to online satellite tournaments for what continues to be the largest poker tournament in the world. New players are entitled to a Match Bonus up to $500 Free and several freeroll ticket entries. US players currently have access to WSOP's free fun-money poker site.
Poker Stars is undoubtedly the largest and most popular poker room on the Web today, and with good reason. With more tournaments than anywhere else, as well as a steadily generous promotions scheme, Poker Stars has an impressive retention rate (over 100,000 players online during peak times). Poker Stars is licensed in the UK whitelisted EU jurisdiction of Isle of Man, where all financial transactions are likewise processed from. Accommodating to a wide range of players and bankrolls, Poker Stars offers satellites to the largest tournaments in the professional poker circuit, including the WSOP. In fact, more Poker Stars players have won seats to the WSOP than anywhere else on the internet. Poker Stars is also home to the World Championship of Online Poker ($10 million main event) and the largest and longest running weekly tournament on the Web - Sunday Millions - which offers $1 million in guaranteed winnings every week of the year.
Poker is the one game featured here at Online Casino Suite that does not impose a House Edge. Casinos and poker rooms make their money off of the rake, which is a small shaving off of the total pot for each hand played. On the contrary, poker is a game in which highly skilled players can make a good earning with little risk. But if you are seeking to play poker so as to quit your day job, think again. To become a consistently successful poker player requires the dedication and discipline of a professional athlete.
There are different versions of poker - Texas Hold'em being the most popular today. In poker rooms you will certainly find Texas Hold'em and are likely to also find Omaha Hi/lo and Seven Card Stud. In online casinos, you will likely find different versions of poker that include Caribbean Stud, Let it Ride and Three Card. Caribbean Stud Poker is played against the casino, and gives players a chance to win a progressive jackpot. It also gives players an opportunity to use very complicated strategy. Let it Ride is neither played against the dealer nor other players, but simply pays for minimum qualifying poker hands.
Knowing your poker hands is key to understanding all
of the different versions of poker played in online
casinos and poker rooms. It's also important to
familiarize yourself with all of the terms used at the
table. If you don't know what a raise is, then you
better put your money away.
If you have an interest to play poker online for real money, there are many options for you. Depending on your level of skill, certain rooms will be more accommodating than others. As far as you should be concerned, look for rooms that offer guaranteed payouts, round-the-clock action/tournaments and a large member base.
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