Finding A Poker Game That Suits You Best

By Adriana Noton

Thanks to the professional circuit, live TV tournaments, and channels devoted specifically to it, poker has never been quite as popular. The game has been around for centuries now and people of all kinds love it, but it has never quite been exposed as it is right now. More people are playing the game than ever, at home and in the casinos, and perhaps because of playing opponents rather than the house, there is something that likens a poker game more to a sport than gambling.

The most popular version of the game currently is Texas Hold-Em, where you and your opponents are dealt just two cards, and you must make the best hand by using them with five community cards to make the best hand. The five cards are revealed through a series of deals known as the flop (where 3 cards are shown), the turn and the river. Between each of these rounds bets are made.

Of course not everyone lives near to a casino, or wants to take the game that seriously, but if you do enjoy playing, there is a lot of other ways to find a game. Ask your friends if any of them play a weekly card night. Many people have a regular game with colleagues or friends. These are normally social gatherings rather than serious money-winning nights, and can be a lot of fun.

Of course, if you are interested in playing for money, another option is online play. Online casinos have become a very popular option and some of today's professional players began their careers this way, winning their way onto the professional circuit. With most online casinos you will need to have a credit card to play, so you can transfer funds into an account, and may involve downloading a small software program.

If money is not why you want to play, you can find a whole host of other poker games online too. Many offer online play or are part of a social network, and the play is just for fun.

Apart from those focusing on on-line play, there are also some pretty good computer games where you can player. Some of these may include a whole host of other card or casino games with them, and if you just want to play a poker game for fun, they can be very entertaining.

It is of course not just computers that offer you playing options, you will find versions on all of the latest consoles like the Playstation 3, Wii or Xbox 360. Most of these also offer online multiplayer options, so if you do prefer to play against real live opponents, you can do it from the comfort of in front of your TV set. There are also a number of games like GTA or Red Dead Revolver, where as part of the story you can play poker. Many people have actually said they find themselves playing for hours and forgetting about the rest of the story.

Handheld devices like the PSP, iPad, Nintendo DS and for that matter most cell phones, also offer a vast array of games to playing cards to download, so you can keep on playing on the move, or while waiting at the doctor's office. But no matter the device, try and find a version of the game that you enjoy and get playing today.

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