Anyone who has ever set foot in a casino, watched a James Bond film, or even held a deck of cards will likely be aware of the game of poker. Poker is one of the oldest and most enduring card games in the history of the world, with a 500-year pedigree that has culminated in it becoming one of the most widely followed games ever.
The earliest forms of the game are believed to have originated in 15th century France, where the 52-card deck game of skill known as Poque became all the rage among the French nobility. This soon made its way across the Channel to England, where the game took on the name ‘Brag’, owing to the importance of bluffing for success.
Poker really came into its own when it crossed the Atlantic and landed in the United States, where it spread along the Mississippi River in farming and mining communities, before becoming a staple in the dusty towns of the Wild West.
By the time the 20th century rolled around, poker tournaments had begun to spring up across the country and into Canada, where massive audiences followed poker tournaments with multi-million-dollar prizes. Today, thanks to digital technology, anyone can play all variations of poker, exactly how they want to play.
Despite poker’s rich historical origins, it is certainly a game that has adapted to the times and thrived. Today, it is by far and away one of the most popular online casino card games in the world. Here at Mr Green, players can find a wealth of poker games and a huge range of poker variations provided by some of the world’s top game providers.
Players can enjoy virtual poker that replicates the same unpredictability and excitement as the real thing, thanks to our innovative random number generator (RNG) technology that is designed to ensure fair and fun play across all of our games.
At Mr Green Casino Canada, you’ll also find immersive Live Casino Poker, where you can go head-to-head with a real-life dealer and other players at a real casino poker table. Whichever you prefer, we put you in the driver’s seat and in full control of your poker game.
Did you know that Mr Green lets you play all of your favourite poker games for free? If you would rather try out some no-risk gaming and play with virtual money, you can do so at any of our online poker titles.
This is an ideal way to work on your poker skills and build up your strategy before you try out the real thing at the Mr Green live poker lounge.
What’s more, you can even play poker for real money for free, simply by claiming the exclusive Mr Green Canada Welcome Bonus, which gives you a 100% matched deposit up to $100! This way, you can try out all of our poker experiences without spending your own bankroll.
Poker is a game that requires a unique combination of luck and skill in order to win. Your goal is to build a winning hand and bluff your way to the prize pot, picking off your opponents and beating out whoever stays at the table. In a nutshell, the dealer will shuffle the 52-card deck and deal out the cards, with each player trying to make the strongest hand with the cards available.
The goal is to up the ante and raise the stakes with each round of betting, mixing, and matching with the community cards in the middle of the table until you can build a winning hand. Although the rules vary in different poker variants, these are the essential poker rules to keep in mind.
Table: The Best Ranked Hole Cards
*Pocket = two of the same card.
Let’s take a look at some of the winning poker hands that you can use to claim your jackpot prize:
You will come to find that there are always two aspects that remain constant at the start of each hand, namely the dealer button and the blinds. The dealer button is always located in front of the person whose turn it is.
There are two blinds in a game of poker: the big blind and the small blind. Blinds are essentially forced bets that need to be placed by the two players situated on the left of the dealer button. The small blind is always half the value of the big blind. After a completed hand, both the blinds and the dealer button move to the next available person in a counter-clockwise direction.
After you receive your two hole cards, you will need to decide whether you want to continue playing or not by evaluating your two initial cards. The player located on the left of the dealer button will decide first, followed by the rest of the players in a clockwise direction. If you choose to continue playing, you will need to match the big blind amount. However, if any player raised the bet amount before you make your decision, you will need to match the raised amount instead of the big blind.
The flop refers to the three community cards that are dealt in the middle of the table. Once completing the first round of betting, three community cards will be dealt out. You are allowed to use any number of cards from the flop to form a poker hand. After the dealt flop, the second round of betting will commence.
During each betting round, each player can choose between raising, calling, checking and folding. You are only allowed to check when there are no bets involved during your turn.
Upon completing the second betting round, a fourth community card will be dealt in the middle, followed by another betting round. Finally, the fifth community card is dealt in the middle, followed by the final betting round. It is here where a showdown takes place between the remaining players.
Table: The best poker hands
|Rank||Hand name||Hand description|
|1||Royal Flush||10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit|
|2||Straight Flush||Five consecutive cards of the same suit|
|3||Four of a Kind||The same card in each of the four suits|
|4||Full House||Three of a kind and a pair|
|5||Flush||Five random cards in one suit|
|6||Straight||Five consecutive cards in mixed suits|
|7||Three of a Kind||Three of the same cards|
|8||Two Pairs||Two pairings of the same card|
|9||One Pair||One pairing of the same card|
|10||High Card||No matching of either card or suit|
Every remaining player at the table will be required to show their hand during a showdown. The player that has the best poker hand will win the pot. Whenever there are two players with an identical poker hand, they will divide the pot.
Unsurprisingly for a game with such a rich and varied historical pedigree, there is more than one type of poker game out there. At Mr Green Casino, we have all of the top poker variants for you, as well as exclusive VIP live casino poker for our high roller players. Here are the main poker variants that you might want to try out:
While a lot of success in poker is based on blind luck, skill and strategy are also essential to succeed. With that in mind, here are some of our top tips for poker success:
Don’t play every hand: instead of playing as many hands as possible and hoping that your bluff will always win, focus on playing only your strongest hands as aggressively as possible.
Have a strict bankroll: know exactly how much you are willing to spend and always call it quits when this has been reached.
Keep emotions out of it: when you get too emotional at the poker table, you will make stupid mistakes. Play responsibly and step back if you find yourself getting too emotional.
Know when to attack: always focus on your opponents as well as your own hand. If you see signs of weakness or uncertainty, go on the offensive and call their bluff.
At Mr Green Casino, you can play all of your favourite poker games anytime, anywhere. With the award-winning Mr Green App, you can enjoy Live Poker and online poker at any time on your smartphone, with high-def graphics and seamless gameplay. If you want to play poker on the go, our mobile app has got you covered.
At Mr Green, you can choose from classic online poker and immersive live poker experiences, each of which has its advantages. With online poker, you are playing against a computer that uses RNG software to deal out your cards.
It is a less high-pressure environment than live poker since you are not playing alongside other people. It also means you do not have to work as hard on your bluff since you are not trying to trick a real person. This is why classic online poker can be ideal for beginner players who want to improve their skills.
Live poker is best suited to those looking for an authentic, immersive experience that feels like being in the heart of a buzzing Las Vegas casino. Live poker is all about the experience, the high stakes, and VIP privilege of a luxury gaming lounge, all in your living room
There are lots of exciting video poker variants available at Mr Green Casino. Some of the popular video poker variants include Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, All American, and Deuces Wild, to mention but a few. Each of these video poker variants come with plenty of potential winning opportunities and provides an easy-to-understand and enjoyable gameplay experience around the clock.
At Mr Green Canada, the full casino experience awaits you. Our award-winning table games from some of the world’s top developers offer countless hours of entertainment. Here’s what you can play at Mr Green today: