Texas Holdem Online

Ever since 2003, people all over the world have wanted to learn how to play Texas Holdem.  The game made famous by televised poker is now the game of choice both in live brick and mortar casinos and on online internet gaming sites.  Many players logon to the internet in search for a game but are uncertain where to start.  Let’s go over some options for playing Texas Holdem online.

When you begin your quest to play Texas Holdem online, the first thing to determine is whether you are wanting to play for fun or if you are looking to play for real money.  If you are looking to play for fun, there are tons of websites out there that give you the opportunity to play Texas Holdem online.

Pogo.com is an internet gaming site that has games ranging from puzzle games to basic card games.  Players can build up tokens that they can use to enter themselves in various contests.  One popular game on the site it their Texas Holdem game.  Players can either play Limit or NL Holdem and use their tokens they have built up on the site as chips.  This is a great way to play for free, but at the same time to win something that could potentially bring the player something of value.

Another way to play Texas Holdem online is via Facebook.  Facebook has several Texas Holdem applications, but the most popular is the one made by Zynga.  The program has millions of users playing weekly and the games are free to play.  The chips earned can be used for avatars or other items to be used inside of the game.  This is purely for entertainment.  However, the setup is simple and is a good way to get your feet wet and make some new friends.

Playing Texas Holdem online for fun is great, but many players want to play online for cold hard cash.  If you are one of those players, then you have many options to play regardless of where you are located.

The two largest and most popular websites to play Texas Holdem online are Pokerstars.com and FullTiltPoker.com.  These are where the bulk of online poker players play at either regularly or infrequently.  First, let’s take a look at PokerStars.  PokerStars prides itself for having several WSOP Main Event winners as their sponsored pros.  Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, and Peter Eastgate are all sponsored pros.  Pokerstars has all three types of Holdem in Limit, Pot-Limit, and No-Limit.  Limits start as low as .02-.04 for Limit games and .01-.02 for NL and PL games.  You can also find six-handed games, heads-up games, and tournaments.  PokerStars hosts the largest weekly poker tournament with a $1.5 Million guaranteed tournament.

Full Tilt Poker is famous for their “Play with the pros” theme.  They have signed many top professional players that play in their tournaments and cash games.  Some take turns playing in the low stakes games and will even play in the free money games from time to time for publicity.  They also have all three types of Holdem available.  Full Tilt can be referred to as the “Bobby’s Room” of online poker with the highest limit cash games going off regularly.  It is not uncommon for $2,000 – $4,000 Limit or $500-$1,000 NL games to run regularly among the top professionals.  For those just starting out, Full Tilt regularly hosts small buy-in and free roll tournaments that players can use to help build their bankroll.

Of course, not everyone likes Full Tilt or PokerStars, so fortunately there are many options for players.  Two of the more popular options are Bwin.com and Partypoker.com.  Partypoker.com used to be the top ranked site in the world until they moved away from the United States market.  They are still a top ranked site outside of the United States.  PartyPoker is famous for soft tables and having plenty of action at all limits of the game.  The user interface is simple and very player friendly.

Bwin.com offers a poker client that is also highly popular.  If you are a tournament player, then you will like this site as there is a tournament going on every 5 minutes.  For cash game players, states range from .05-.10 to $500-$1000 for limit games and from .05-.10 to $10-$20 for NL games.  As part of the OnGame Network, the software is both secure and easy to use.  The competition is a little stiffer in the higher limits on this site, but overall this site is a great alternative for those looking for a change of pace.

As you can see, whether you are a player looking for some fun or a player looking to make some serious money, there are plenty of options to play Texas Holdem online.  Now it is time for you to go out, take your seat, and shuffle up and deal.

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