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Welcome to Poker

In this digital age you don’t have to venture outside to a casino to play poker. Playing online gives you the opportunity to test your skills against other players from around the world and the action is just as exciting as it is in land based casinos. The majority of poker sites will offer you a bonus when making your first deposit. The worldwide popularity of Texas Hold’em is such that many new to the game might think it is the only version played. But that is far from the case. Seven-Card Stud is still quite popular, as is Five-Card Draw. Texas Hold’em also has a close cousin that is played at tournaments and is actually preferred by many professional players—“Omaha.” If you are looking to play poker online for real money, we detail some of the best bonuses for new players. Good luck at the tables and if in doubt, just ask yourself… What would Doyle Brunson do.

How to play Poker

Poker is a collective group of gambling card games which has a diverse and complex family tree. Its roots can be traced back to China, where playing cards were invented in the early 12th century. Colourful illustrations were added to the cards by royal families in India, and the ornate Asian decks soon reached Europe via the merchants of Venice and Crusaders returning from the Middle East.

The Italians deserve credit for developing the modern 52-card “Latin” deck with its four suits—Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs. Much later, following the French Revolution, Parisians would finalize the ranking of the “court cards,” with the Ace outranking the royals—King, Queen and Jack.

Such Renaissance games as Basset and Brelan from Italy and Pochen from Germany are considered to be antecedents to Poker. They led to variations called Glic and Piquet in France. In turn, the English came up with Primero, Bragg, Lanterloo, Gleek and Ombre.

These distant cousins of Poker featured “action rounds” of betting, which became extremely popular for socializing as well as gambling in the 17th century.

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