Poker is quite a widespread game of chance. First prototypes of modern poker games are mentioned in sources, which refer to 16th century. However, first poker salons and casinos began to appear at the beginning of 20th century. The popularity of game dramatically increased since that time. All of the most popular modern variations of poker (Texas Holdem, Omaha, 5 cards draw-poker, 7 cards stud-poker) were invented in the XX century.
Since the end of the 20th century, the popularity of poker online grows at the exponential rate. In World Wide Web, you can easily find lots of poker online sites with articles, instructions, video materials about poker. Even though poker is a typical game of chance, your result in gambling depends not only on the cards you have received. Poker professionals say that all the poker players may be divided on two categories. Players of the first category believe in fortune. They believe that the only reason they win or lose is that they have lucky streak or unlucky streak. These players almost never become prosperous. Players of second category are working hard at start. They learn mathematics, poker theory, and try different sorts of gambling strategy. This fact illustrates why there are so many mathematicians, physicists, programmers among worldly famous poker stars.
One of the grandest poker tournaments in the world (World Series of Poker, or WSOP) is held up offline in Las Vegas, USA. As can be seen from this fact, the target for the most ambitious players is taking part in offline tournament, but during their long-term, exhaustive training they take part in poker online tournaments more often. Online tournaments have their own specificity as compared to offline gambling. Firstly, when you play poker online you cannot see your co-players. You can just look at their ratings on the gambling site and make certain conclusions about their skills. In offline game, you can see your co-players, their faces and gesture, and this information may considerably help you, but in offline game you can see much less combinations at one single moment than in online game. Among other things, offline gambling is much slower as compared to poker online games.
Online gamers usually get bored in casino, they listen music in pauses, and drift off when other players make turns and bets. Professionals highly recommend relax and have a small talk with competitors. Acting this way, you’ll have an ability to identify who your co-players are, and to what category of poker players they belong. What do these people look like? Maybe some of them look annoyed, frightened, or simply drunk? What is their general level of training? What is their experience in playing poker in casinos? How many times had he been to this particular gambling establishment? Answers on all those questions can help you during a game. On the other side, you don’t have all this information when you play online poker, and this can help you in training your gambling skills, trying different strategies without digressing from the game because of all those personal factors.