Poker rules and what is poker online?

Online Poker

The game of poker has witnessed a rapid growth in popularity and adoption across the globe during the last two decades. One of the main reasons for this is due to the growth of online poker.

Guest author Jørgen Aasgen takes a close look at what is poker online and takes you through some of the basic poker rules that will help you get familiar with the game of poker. Click here to find out more about Jørgen Aasgen.

Poker online
Poker online

What Is Poker?

The first thing you need to understand is that poker is not a game that is based on luck or chance. The top poker players in the world will tell you that poker is a game that is based on skills and strategy. There is an element of luck involved like a lot of casino games but if you want to be consistent at winning at the poker table, you need to develop a robust poker strategy.

The second thing you need to know is that live poker games are poker games that take place at a land-based poker room, or a poker parlour or a home game. Online poker is when poker is played at an online poker room with different online players. Live dealer poker is when you play poker online but you are playing at a live dealer casino so you get to interact with a live dealer who is dealing cards from a live poker studio.

When you look at the poker market in Norway for instance, you will find that the demand for online poker and live dealer poker games keep growing with every passing year. One reason for this is because Norwegian poker players are winning a lot more at online poker events and poker operators keep increasing the prize pool and making online poker tournaments more attractive for Norwegian poker players. If you are looking for an online casino that has a good poker offering, do check out the list of casinos at

Different Poker Games

The three methods listed above are the three different ways you can play poker today. However, do keep in mind that there are different types of poker games often referred to as poker variants. Some of these different types of poker include Texas Hold’em, Omaha Poker, Omaha Hi-Lo, 5 Card Draw, 7 Card Stud, Short Deck Poker, 2-7 Triple Draw, Razz, Open Face Chinese Poker (OFC), Caribbean Stud Poker.

The most popular poker variant whether in live poker tournaments or online poker tournaments is Texas Hold’em. The rules remain the same for the most part in all poker variants but there are some variations. We are only going to look at the basic poker rules to help you get started.

Basic Poker Rules

Whether you are playing live poker or online poker, you don’t need to bring anything to the table other than your poker chips and a poker strategy. When you play live poker, a human dealer will deal out your cards. When you play online poker, the cards will be dealt out automatically.

The game of poker is played with a traditional deck of 52 cards and only one deck of cards is used during a live poker game. However, when you play at an online casino, some online poker rooms will use two decks of cards but only one of them will always be in play.

When it comes to poker chips, you will have to use real money to buy your chips. When you play at traditional land-based casinos and reputed online casinos, the chip values are clearly displayed. You will need to put down $50 to buy a 50 dollar chip and $100 to buy a 100 chip and likewise.

When you decide to bet at the poker table, you will have to first pay the buy-in amount before you can start playing. Poker games are usually split into low stakes, mid-stakes and high stakes action. You need to decide based on your bankroll as to which type of poker action you want to get involved with and then buy-in to that table.

If you run out of chips, you need to buy more if you want to keep playing. If you lose at the poker table, the chips that you put down will be taken away by the dealer. If you win at the poker table, the full pot of chips that you won will be credited to you.


Go ahead and take part in a game of poker and see how things work out for you. It might take you a few days to understand how all of the poker rules work. We suggest starting out with Texas Hold’em as you are likely to find a lot more Texas Hold’em poker games when compared to any other online poker variants.  

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