How to Play Online Poker in Ohio
Online poker has been popular among casual players, amateurs, and pros around the world since the turn of the 21st century. Online poker games follow the same rules as live poker games, except players cannot physically see their opponents. Players still need discipline, an understanding of the rules and the odds against them, and to be able to catch on to the betting patterns of their opponents. It’s just played on a computer, tablet, or smartphone instead of in person.
Types of Poker in Ohio
There are a variety of types of poker games, each with its own rules, skills required, and potential odds of winning. Unlike traditional poker games, where plays receive instant compensation or comps in the form of rooms, food, or drinks, online players will get tournament and prize entries, free play money, or cash payouts for winning. Online games take longer to pay out, though, and many have deposit and maximum withdrawal limits to consider.
Beyond all the logistics of actually signing up and playing online, you have to know how to play the various games available. Here, we’ll go over the three most common online poker games and what they entail.
Texas Hold’em poker is the ultimate of all poker games. This game can be played with fixed limits, no limits, or pot limits. Each player is given two “hole cards” (face down) to begin. Then, a round of betting takes place, based on the initial hand the players were dealt. Once all wagers have been made, the dealer will play the flop (placing three cards face-up on the table). After the flop, there will be two more single-card deals with bets in between each card draw.
The object is to gain as many chips from your opponents as possible, as with most poker games. Using the deals, players can create their best 5-card hand using the face-up cards and their two hole cards. If they desire, they can also bluff their way into the pot. For simplicity, a game of Texas Hold’em would look like this:
- Deal two hole cards to each player (face down)
- All players bet
- Deal three flop cards (face up)
- All players bet
- Deal the turn card (face up, next to the flop cards)
- Another round of betting
- Deal the final face-up card (the river)
- Final round of betting
- Players show cards and determine winner
Omaha Hold’em follows most of the same rules as Texas Hold’em, with a few exceptions:
- Players get four hole cards instead of two
- Omaha requires players to use exactly two hole cards and three face-up cards to create their hand, whereas players can use any combination of cards in Texas Hold’em
- Most Omaha games are fixed limit or pot limit
- Omaha Hi Lo follows the same rules, but requires players to make both the best hand and the worst hand, or at least one of them, to win
7-card stud is the most common type of stud poker. It differs from other games in a lot of ways but it still has the same ultimate goal of making the best hand while gaining the most chips. In a 7-card stud game, each player is dealt two face-down hole cards and one face-up card on top of them.
Based on that deal, players place their initial bets. Then, each player is dealt three more cards, all face up, with another round of betting to follow. This repeats once more (for a total of seven cards per player), and then a final face-down card is dealt and players have one more round of betting before determining the winner.
Stud is usually played with a fixed limit. Other forms include 5-card stud and Razz, and Stud/8 (similar to Omaha Hi Lo).