Different Types of Poker
Coming online to play poker requires that the player first becomes familiar with the different types of poker available at a typical site. This will enable the player to make an informed decision about what type of poker to try first and how to advance in future gaming sessions.
Ring games are the most basic form of online poker playing and are usually what players are most familiar with from live poker gaming. Also known as live games, ring games essentially allow any player to join a single table, purchase chips, play a game of poker against other players around the table and then cash out at any stage. Games such as Texas Hold ‘em and Omaha are usually played in ring game form.
Players are encouraged to start off their poker careers with simple ring games in order to familiarize themselves with the game and its rules.
The main difference between ring games and poker tournaments is the ability of the player to stand up from the table and cash out whenever he feels like it. This cannot be done during a tournament.
Tournaments are traditionally divided into single table or multi table events. In addition, poker tournaments are also divided into scheduled or sit and go events. Schedules are usually posted on the poker site for players to sign up.
Once players are familiar with ring game poker, they should shift to free roll poker tournaments to get a feel for the tournament format, without undue risk to the bankrolls.
One of the greatest benefits of online poker is the fact that the player is offered the chance to play the game absolutely for free. This is obviously not an option available at land based poker rooms, and can go a long way in getting the player familiar with the game, rules and software, without risking a cent of their bankroll.
To take advantage of free play poker, players need to register with the site and open an account. This is a quick and simple process that involves providing personal details and choosing a poker name and password. Once the player has an account, he can head off for the free chip tables and play any type of game at the site with virtual money credited to his account. Once this money runs out, the player can request a top up, although most sites – at one stage or another – will limit free play sessions.
Real Money Play
Once players have practiced enough through the free play offer at an online poker site, they will want to move on to real money play. To do so, they will need to fund their poker accounts with a banking method of their choice and keep it topped up with real money if they want to continue playing. Many players are under the impression that playing poker for real money involves wagering hundreds of dollars at a time. They will be pleasantly surprised to learn, however, that some tournaments have buy in rates beginning at a mere $1, while ring games can be played for as little as a few cents.