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Online poker is a game based on the traditional game of poker. Playing online in internet casinos is becoming more and more popular.

Strategy for successful play is much the same as in traditional poker games. There’s an element of chance but making smart choices with the cards you’re dealt, is key to success.

Each player is dealt five cards and can keep all five or discard some and take new cards from the deck; in online poker you aren’t playing against a computer, you’re playing against real people from all over the world, so it’s an exciting way to play against real competitors without having to travel to a casino – or even leave the comfort of your own home.

Once you’ve chosen an online casino you might have to download some software – this is straightforward and if you do your research you can be sure that the personal details you’ll be asked to provide are held securely.

The next step is entering a game and getting your cards; once you have your hand, take stock and decide which to keep and which to discard. It’s tempting to keep hold of single high cards in the hopes of making a good hand, but a low pair is more likely to win than any single card, however high the card may be.

Don’t be tempted to play every hand either – it’s a better strategy to fold the weaker hands and only play hands you have a chance of success with.

Good hands in poker are a royal flush, a straight flush, flush, straight, full house, three of a kind, two pair, four of a kind, high card and pair.

Only keep a high card if you genuinely have no other options and don’t want to fold – but remember, one high card doesn’t make a strong game.

There are a lot of online poker games running every day – a mind boggling amount. A great way to start, though, is joining a freeroll. This is a game that’s free to enter but pays out real cash, or gives out branded products to the players who place.

The payout isn’t huge with freerolls – but they’re a superb way to learn the ropes against real players with low risk entry and they give every player a real incentive to play well and win.

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