There is a common illusion that poker is largely a game of chance, but nothing could be further from the truth. Poker originated, according to David Parlett (A History of Card Games, Oxford 1991), in New Orleans in 1803. It has evolved alot since those early days if crooked dealing on Mississippi steamboats. The Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas now holds an annual World Championship with a first prise of over a million dollars!

Online Casinos hold poker games 24 hours a day and a skilful player can make a comfortable living at the game. The advantage of playing in online casinos is that a dealer is provided and the game will therefore be fair unlike many illegal establishments where stacked decks and dealers who can deal from the bottom or even second card at will are a danger to the unsuspecting player. Of course other than the fairness other great benifits to playing online are the speed and security of the action, you can play right now from whereever you are.

If you are intending to play online poker for serious stakes we strongly recommend that you learn as much about the game as possible and that you only play in reputable casinos and online casinos such as those listed on this site. It is also worth bearing in mind that there are many different variations of the game so ensure you learn the same variation that you play to save yourself from any nasty surprises.

It is important that you know the rules, the rank of the cards and the order of the hands.