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Internet poker has become one of the most popular forms of online gambling in recent years. Each and every day millions of players log in to their poker accounts and play online. With so many active players you will always find a game that suits your bankroll and skill level - that's one of the it's so popular.

The other big difference between playing games like Texas Hold'em compared to casino games is that there is no house edge in poker. This is due to the fact that you are playing against other players and not against the house. Poker also has much more of a skill element to it than other casino style games.

Top Online Poker Rooms
Rather than list every online poker room we have selected what we believe to be the top five. All of the sites below will give you some sort of welcome bonus and all offer ongoing bonuses for regular players. You will also find a good range of games, lots of tournaments and a wide range of table limits.
Full Tilt Poker Full Tilt Poker

The most popular online poker site at the moment. Full Tilt Poker welcomes all players with a 100% bonus.
USA : Allowed
Party Poker Party Poker

While Party Poker no longer accepts US players they still have a lot of action going on 24/7.
USA : Not Allowed
Poker Time Poker Time

Powered by Microgaming, Poker Time offers all new players a $25 free chip and the chance to claim a 100% bonus.
USA : Restricted (Some banned States)
Bodog Bodog Poker

One of the few reputable sites still taking US players, Bodog offers you the chance to get up to $500 free.
USA : Allowed
William Hill William Hill Poker

One of the biggest names in UK betting, William Hill has a popular online poker room and offers plenty of bonuses.
USA : Not Allowed
Quick Guide to Texas Hold'em
If you have never played poker before then Texas Hold'em is the game to learn. It is the most widely played game and if you have ever seen poker on TV chances are they were playing texas hold'em. It's an easy game to learn and you can practice your skill at the free tables before playing for real money.

The aim of the game is to make the best possible 5 card poker hand using any combination of your two cards and the five community cards. Below is the sequence of play that every game follows.

  • Blind Bets
    These bets are placed before any cards are dealt. The small blind is placed by the player to the left of the dealer button and the big blind is posted by the player to the left of the small blind.
  • Player Cards
    Each player gets two cards face down. There is then a betting round.
  • The Flop
    Three cards are dealt face up on the table and there is a round of betting

  • The Turn
    Another card is dealt and another round of betting takes place

  • The River
    The final community card is dealt and the final round of betting takes place

  • The Showdown
    Active players reveal their cards to see who has the highest hand

There are several different limit types when it comes to Texas Hold'em. The games you generally see on TV are No Limit which means you can bet any amount at any time. As a new player you are better going with either Limit or Pot Limit games. Limit games have fixed bet sizes so for example a $1/$2 means that there is a $1 limit for the first two betting rounds and a $2 for the last two. In Pot Limit games you can bet anything from the minimum bet to the size of the pot.

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