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How to Play Online Poker?

While there are many different types of online poker available, the most popular is Texas Hold’em.

The aim of this online poker game is simple: win more chips than your opponents. Unlike other card games, however, there are only four rounds in Texas Hold’em for you to prove your poker prowess. These rounds are the ‘flop’ (the 1st three community cards), the ‘river’ (the 4th community card) and the ‘turn’ (the 5th and final community card).

Round one – pre-flop

Online poker games begin with the two players to the left of the button (the dealer) putting in a small and big blind. These are two pre-determined bets entered at the start of each hand, with the big blind acting as the minimum bet and the small blind equalling to half that value.

Each player at the table then receives two cards face down. Moving clockwise around the table, players decide to check (match the big blind bet), raise (increase the bet) or fold (forfeit their hand) based on the strength of their first two cards. Once this round of betting has occurred, three community cards are dealt to the table; this is also known as the ‘flop’.

Round two – the flop

Players must use these three community cards to build the best possible poker hand, making combinations with the first two cards they have received. Based on the strength of this poker hand, another round of betting occurs, with each player either checking, raising or folding.

Round three – after the ‘turn’

The dealer then places the fourth community card, or the ‘turn’. The remaining players now decide to check, raise or fold, based on the current strength of their hand.

Round four – after the ‘river’

Now is when the final community card (the ‘river’) is dealt. No more cards are dealt after this point in the game, making this the make or break moment for the strength of your hand.

If more than one player is remaining in the game after this round of betting, a showdown is triggered.

The showdown

The climactic moment of online poker, the showdown sees all remaining players show their cards to the table. The best five-card hand takes the glory – and all the chips betted from previous rounds.

On rare occasions, two players with hands of the same value will share the winnings – also known as a ‘split pot’.

How to Calculate Poker Odds?

Calculating poker (or ‘pot’) odds is the mathematics that tells the player whether a call, raise or fold is the correct course of action, given the ‘risk to reward ratio’ (potential cost-benefit of risking a bet).

There are a lot of variables at play when calculating poker odds, but the simplest formula to follow is Pot odds = [pot size : amount to call].

Let’s put this into context. Imagine there is £75 in the pot and your opponent bets £25. Your poker odds would then be calculated like this:

  • [£75+£25]:[£25]
  • [£100]:[£25]
  • Pot odds = [4:1]

Pot odds help players decide what to call. In this case, the cost to call would be £125/£25 = 20% of the pot. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the pot odds (i.e. a bigger number in the left side of the ratio), the better price for calling.

Once you understand online poker odds, you can then move onto learning hand percentages and probability. View our helpful table, below, for a breakdown of all potential card combinations and their value.

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

 

What are the Top Online Poker Tips for Beginners?

Get the edge over your poker opponents with these insider tips, below:

  • Mix up your games: Whilst you’re getting to grips with Texas Hold’em, be sure to play around with the different types of online poker available at Mr. Green. Experiment with your playing style by trying one of these options: Omaha, Seven Card Stud, Five Card Draw, Razz or Mixed Poker.
  • Create a table image: You may not be able to see your opponents in online poker but rest assured – everyone at the table is analysing your hand. Use this to your advantage. For example, if you play tight (fold a lot of hands) then suddenly make a big bet, players will believe you have a strong hand. As you don’t use facial bluffs in online poker, your table image is the best way to make other players lose confidence in their own hand.
  • Don’t fold before the flop: Even with an initial bad hand, try to avoid folding after the dealer reveals the first three community cards. As long as the bet hasn’t been raised by another player, you can ‘check’ on this round, allowing you to see another card for free that could improve your standing.
  • Bankroll management is vital: Always look after your finances. As an online poker rookie, the occasional mistake is inevitable, so start by playing with low stakes to minimise losses. Remember, when the fun stops, stop.

Are you ready to put your skills to the test? Play Texas Hold’em and other online poker games at Mr Green today. If you want to further your playstyle, take a look at our poker strategies too.

Poker vs video poker

There’s been a war waging over which poker is better: online poker or video poker. Of course, there are strong similarities, as they’re both derived from the same game. They aren’t without their differences, either, however. Let’s explore those differences in detail.

Level of skill

Online poker is a virtual version of the game, typically played with strangers, although it could be against the website’s CPU system. Online poker offers beginners a way to start playing the game and get to grips with its rules and strategies. It also provides certain benefits such as free games and practice rounds. This helps to teach beginners the game and give them the confidence to take their game to the next level. It’s also a simple game that uses graphics of cards. Online poker does, however, focus on a stringent rulebook that enforces how the game is played and what players can and can’t do. Depending on which version of poker is being played, these rules dictate the player’s decisions, which is sometimes an unappealing aspect to complete beginners.

Video poker is also played online, and with a dynamic appearance and added graphics. Sometimes, the gameplay is modified to resemble a slot game, and is typically centred around a five-card game style, which minimises a need for any advanced strategy. Ultimately, it’s a solo game that allows players to get their feet wet in a casino environment without worrying about what other players might do should they struggle in the early stages of their play. Real money video poker offers players the chance to win a jackpot, as well as take advantage of a bonus through the existing and colourful style of gameplay. There are also multiplayer versions available. Due to the game’s simplicity, only a small amount of poker knowledge is needed, but it’s a great way to learn for beginners.

Strategy

Strategy is one of the best aspects of poker, and is an aspect of the game that appeals to those who love to pit their wits against others, and increases the brainpower of those who play on a regular basis. The game calls for critical thinking, quick decision-making under pressure, and forward planning. Online poker requires more strategic thinking than video poker, especially when it comes to variants that provide a live dealer experience with additional time constraints.

Less strategy is involved in video poker. It does provide other benefits in terms of thinking, however. To make this easier, you will need to ensure that you can carry out simple tasks without even thinking about them. Being successful in video poker can benefit your strategic thinking before you progress to more advanced forms of poker, as it provides a basic education in the game, allowing your brain to think strategically. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t any strategy involved at all, however. When it comes to choosing hands and anticipating the next move, it’s a solid game for beginners. It also often lists the winning hand combinations, which is a nice reference point for anyone still becoming familiar with the rules of poker.

Preference 

There are advantages to both video poker and online poker, and so it really comes down to whichever version you prefer. The two games provide different game styles, with each providing something different to cater for whichever mood you’re in. Both games are easier than their counterparts found at a brick-and-mortar casino, which calls for an advanced knowledge of poker and its variants. Video poker and online poker also feature progressive jackpots that appeal to those who play regularly, as the better the player, the more chance they have of winning than at a traditional poker table.

Poker at Mr Green

Mr Green has won numerous titles and awards, including Socially Responsible Operator of the year at the EGR 2012 awards and Casino Brand of the Year from the very same organisation in 2014. One aspect of its casino that Mr Green is most proud of is poker. The casino offers several variants of the game, such as Casino Hold’em, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Three Card Poker. Many of Mr Green’s players enjoy live casino poker and video poker, which we’re going to take a closer look at here.

Live casino poker at Mr Green

Mr Green’s live dealer poker offering is a major attraction for many of its customers. Live dealer poker is unlike other poker games available at the casino, as it involves real-life dealers who deal the cards to you in real-time. This makes for a hyper-realistic experience when you take a seat at the live table, where you’re set for an authentic replica of a poker room found at a brick-and-mortar casino.

Competent and approachable dealers know how to treat the players and will make you feel special. While the streams come direct from Evolution Gaming’s studios, you are presented with a choice of various tables, with all of Mr Green’s live casino action streamed from such gambling venues as Malta’s Dragonara Casino, London’s Hippodrome, and the U.S.A’.s Foxwoods Casino. 

The live dealer poker interface makes it simple to browse through the open tables, join with other players, and just generally, have fun. So don’t worry if you’re new to live dealer poker, you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Video poker at Mr Green

Mr Green offers several variations of video poker, with the most prominent being Jacks or Better, available in two variations. One was developed by NetEnt and allows you two bet on anything from one hand at a time to up to 25 hands simultaneously. Another variation, from IFT, offers an optional side bet that requires you to match three colours in order to get a multiplier on all winning hands. Each of these variants is full-play.

Joker Wild and All American are also available. Both variants are from NetEnt, which means that they can be played in multi-line format, and you can double your wins on all qualifying hands. A number of other variants from IGT are also provided, including Triple Play Draw Poker and Double Bonus Poker.