Card games have grown in popularity recently and even though we spend a lot of time using the internet, we still play card games. Some of these games are the ones you have heard of, such as blackjack and poker.
Today’s topic will be poker, a card game that can be learned in minutes, yet still be difficult enough to master and could take years before one is able to compete at a higher level. The game is also partly luck-based and falls under the category of gambling, but does have a high skill ceiling, as well.
Here is everything you should know about poker.
Poker is a Comparing Card Game
The more you learn, the more you are surprised. Poker is a card game, which is what most people are aware of. However, most people also don’t know that poker is a comparing card game. The object of the game is to have a better hand than the opposing players. The way you determine who has the better hand is by comparing cards in the end, after everyone has received their cards and decided whether they want to fold (stop playing for that round), or call (match) the bet.
Comparing card games are aplenty, from blackjack to baccarat, to name a few of the ones that you will know off the top of your head.
Poker Has Many Variants
Unlike most games which are relatively fixed and bound in tradition, poker has tons of variants which revolve around the four main ones, straight, stud, draw and community. Texas Hold ‘em belongs to the community group of poker variations, and it is one of the most popular poker types.
Games are also considered to be poker variants if they follow the poker hand rankings, going from five of a kind if wildcards are used, then straight or rather, royal flush, down to the higher card. Given this rule, there are thousands of poker variants. Video poker, for example, is based on the draw poker family, and is more akin to a slot machine than actual poker.
Poker Has Tournaments
Poker has many tournaments. They range from local to international.
The problem with poker is that it has so many variants. Being so versatile, poker is hard to pin down and players would have to adapt and learn new variants if they would want to attend and compete in different poker tournaments. Some World Championships exist, however, neither of them is a single, most anticipated event, like the FIBA and FIFA World Cups are, for example.
Poker Has Many Video Game Counterparts
Poker is available online, as a video game. Some poker variants can be played online, for free, without any financial stakes. There are also poker games which can be played for money, also available online. Some games can be played against computers, while others can be played against people, albeit still online. Online poker is considered to be harder than regular, because bluffing and other psychological aspects of the game are not available.
Poker is an interesting comparing card game that has been around for centuries. It is still played, online and in person, depending on what the player prefers. Poker has many variants and would take a while for a person to even track them all down, let alone learn their rules.