Online poker is simply the card game played over the Internet with players logging on to their computers to participate in virtual poker tournaments. It was partly responsible for the phenomenal rise in the amount of online poker players around the world. Now, it is estimated that there are well over 20 million poker enthusiasts around the world, with the US alone accounting for almost half of all online poker players. The exponential growth of this game can hardly be ignored.
However, with the enormous growth came some serious disadvantages also. For example, the rapid growth of online poker attracted many new people who did not really have any experience at all in playing poker and so ended up losing their money rather quickly – even if they were experts in the field. Worse, many novice players found themselves in card rooms where they had very small stakes and were unable to get enough money to quit losing and make some money at the same time. These players naturally ended up quitting the game rather soon due to frustration. To prevent this from happening, online card rooms came up with a great deal of security measures like a system where you would play with fake money; another where all stakes are transparent and the playing conditions and cards clearly stated so that there are no hidden agendas or strategies involved; and some even give you the option of playing with fake money through a ‘house’ poker where you would still be under the rule of an actual experienced professional poker player.
There are also many online poker sites which provide their clients with some valuable tools like the Online Poker Odds Calculator, the Hand Wins Calculator, and even the Holdem Statistics. All of these tools are designed to help the players analyze the odds and the chances of winning in live poker games and work out a strategy accordingly. Some of the tools even work in a manner where the players can get to know about the various different styles of playing the same hand and the different odds of winning in each of them. Some of the most popular online poker rooms include Titan Poker, Party Poker, Full Tilt, Paradise Poker, and Ultimate Bet.