Introduction

Welcome to multiplayer online poker games, the fastest growing pastime on the net today. Unlike the Online Casinos, the house does not have an edge here, as the online poker player is playing against real people. It is up to the player’s to fund that game, and the house gets its cut for providing the facilities. Without leaving their homes, players can get together to play Poker and because of its growing popularity it is not uncommon to find hundreds and even thousands of players online. This enables one to find online poker games that are most suitable to ones pocket or skill level (yes, there is a comfort zone for novices too). Most poker rooms may also provide full sets of rules and game strategy. There are even those who go the extra mile to assist you in getting good online gaming pleasure. South Africa is very lucky to have one of the best poker rooms on the internet. Piggs Peak Poker is a well established poker room that features South African Rands poker games.

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Online Poker Games

Texas Hold’em
Unlike Seven-Card Stud, Texas Hold’em is a fast and fun gane and is mostly the choice for all Poker Tournament Championship events. To start there are two cards, (hole cards) dealt to each player face down, which is then followed by a betting round. This is followed by an additional three cards, (The Flop) being dealt face up in the center of the table. These are community cards and form part of each player’s hand. Another betting round follows this. One more card, (The Turn) is dealt to the center and another betting round. The final card, (The River) is dealt to the center and is followed by the final betting round. Along with the hole cards, the original 2 card hands are turned over and the highest five-card Hand determines the winner.

Seven Card Stud
Along with it being the best known of all poker games, Seven-Card Stud is probably the easiest to learn but the hardest to play (so many cards!). Seven cards are dealt to the player, starting with two cards, (Hole Cards) face down and one card face up. A further three rounds follow where 1 card card is dealt face up to each player. A betting round follows each deal. The final betting follows the final card being dealt face down. The player with the best five-Card hand wins the money.

Omaha
Although it is dealt the same way as Hold’em, Omaha is an action variation and instead of two cards to start, each player is dealt four cards face down. To make your best five-card hand you must use two down cards out of your hand, along with three on the board (Community cards). Rather than having one set of two cards hidden, each player’s hand has a six two-card combinations therefore creating more winning opportunities per player than in hold’em. This makes it a killer game also enabling it to be fast-paced.

Omaha (8 or Better)
These games can get fast and furious. They are dealt in the same way as Omaha. However the best (Highest) and the worst (Lowest) hands split the pot. Aces can count for either a High or low. The best hand for a low is A-2-3-4-5, which is also considered a straight. You hand needs to have no cards exceeding 8 in order to win low. There are more drawing opportunities in this game than in the high version of Omaha for each player. This is because the same player can win both high and low in the same hand as there is a different two-card combination that can be used from your hand for high and for low.