When it comes to the Internet’s most popular pastime, texas holdem online poker is certainly somewhere up at the top, if it isn’t actually king of the ring. Over the past few years poker has exploded in popularity all over the world, in part due to a big presence online. As poker has continued to grow in popularity, the online presence of poker and poker players has also increased.
While you can find poker sites catering to players of every variation of poker imaginable, the undisputed champion in terms of overall popularity is the version of poker know as Texas Hold ‘em.
The most popular
It should come as no surprise to anyone that hold ‘em is the most popular version of poker online, because it is also probably the most popular version as far as all the major tournaments in the world. At the World Series of Poker, for example, there are playoffs for very poker variation imaginable, but it is Texas hold ‘em that has enjoyed pride of place as the Main Event decade after decade.
It’s not just the world’s biggest tournament that focuses on hold ‘em either; if you turn on the television and look for any broadcast poker tournament, the odds are pretty good that hold ‘em is the game that you will be watching.
Online Texas hold ‘em can be found in every major online poker site, the most popular choice for those who want to play in poker rooms. It’s hard to really know the reasons why hold ‘em is so popular both online and off (beyond the obvious snowball effect) but I would guess that it has to do with the fact that the basic game play is pretty straightforward.
You know what your hole cards are and everyone plays the same community cards, and the rest is really up to the math. There isn’t quite the element of guesswork that needs to be applied in other poker variations (such as draw) and the possible combinations are decreased somewhat in comparison to others (seven card stud and Omaha).
Outside of the game itself, online holdem has enjoyed a surge in popularity due to the fact that players can at least learn the basics of the game without costing them anything. If you go to a land based poker game, even if it’s just between friends, odds are it will cost you a little bit before you start to even realize which hands beat other hands and the other basic rules of the game.
At most sites that incorporate Texas Hold ‘em, though, you can play as many games as you want with “funny money” credited to a fake account by the online poker room. It’s a great way to hone your skills and get used to the game.
Once you do brush up on the basics of the game, the online holdem sites will, without fail, offer you the opportunity to play for money in both casual games and tournaments. As always, exercise caution here; never get in over your head when you are playing online hold ‘em or any other form of gambling, it’s just not worth it.