In an article published in Science in January 2015, a group of researchers announced that they “essentially weakly solved” heads-up limit Texas hold ‘em with their development of their Cepheus poker bot. The authors claimed that Cepheus poker bot would lose at most 0.001 big blinds per game on average.
There are also less autonomous poker programs whose primary purpose is to calculate the odds of certain hand outcomes. Just like with all other gambling games, many scientists have tried to figure out possible outcomes of the game by calculating them using their knowledge in mathematics.
Playing Poker Online
A great advantage of playing poker online is the fact that you can play it from the comfort of your home. You don’t need to look for a right casino and walk miles away from your home. Instead, you can choose any casino based on your preferences by a simple click of the mouse.
You can play poker at any time of day and you can manage your bankroll easily through online sites.
Another excellent thing is that you don’t really need to have a lot of money on your bankroll. You can play for the smallest stakes imaginable or even for free.
Playing free poker is great for getting used to the game, the casino and the tempo of the game. If you are a complete beginner, you can thus learn a lot without losing any money of yours.
Poker is today played online every day by millions of people and it has become widely popular.
The rules of online poker are identical to live poker game in person. However, you will easily and quickly notice that there are some differences.
Online poker game is usually somewhat faster and more accessible, since you find a game anytime, anywhere you are in the world. Furthermore, it comes with less risk, since you can play for smaller amounts of money.
A major difference lies in the fact that you cannot see other players’ faces. This can be both an advantage and disadvantage. If you cannot see other players, they cannot see you either. When you are bluffing, they can only guess so. However, since the same applies to you, you will see that you are going to need some time to get used to it and you will find that there are many ways to figure out if someone is bluffing. For instance, you can watch for the betting patterns of particular players. You cannot read their body language but you can read their behavior through actions they do when they are winning or losing. If you see someone make the same out-of-line bet repeatedly after they miss their draw, feel free to call that bet with second-best pair.
Nevertheless, you should not try to guess if someone is bluffing based solely on betting patterns. Poker experts can often realize that an abnormally large bet is a bluff since normally you would encourage action with a strong hand rather than blowing them out of the pot.
An interesting thing in online poker is playing in online poker tournaments. In tournament poker you pay your buy-in and get a stack of chips. When you don’t have any more chips you are out of the tournament. The eventual winner is the one who collects all the chips.
Online poker tournaments are a great way to potentially win a big prize. These tournaments can host literally thousands of players without needing a physical space for them. The famous PokerStars Sunday Million runs every week and offers a $1 million prize pool for a buy-in of just $215.
Famous variants of tournaments are sit & gos which are smaller tournament, sometimes only one table, that start up as soon as enough players are at the table. Sit & Gos tournaments happen all the time on online poker sites because so many people play in these sites.
Of course, before checking in any online poker casino or online tournament you need to be well acquainted with the rules, terms and conditions of that casino.
It is also very important to know certain online etiquette when playing.
For instance, you should never berate other poker players and you need to respect them. If a player makes a bad move, don’t berate him or her. This may not just be normal poker etiquette, but it may be a rule of a casino.
Poker is not played by bullies, but by dignified people who base their winnings on ability to self-control and not on bullying others. Insulting someone will not help you get your money back and it can even make the other player play better against you. Online poker is supposed to be fun. Furthermore, by insulting someone, you can get an insult back and then get so frustrated that it may influence your further decisions.
It is very important to remember not to give other players any advice. If you start giving advice to someone, you may quite easily give away what cards you have in your hand. You may something that may help other players read into your actions. This is never recommended, not only in online poker but in general.
This may be quite obvious, but is actually tremendously important not to talk about your cards. It is so easy to give a hint of what you have in your hand and it can easily help others to win, especially to some more experienced players.
If you do not want to lose money, it is not recommended to chat about cards. In online poker game you can chat with other players, but as in live game, you should be aware of the things you are saying.
You need to be careful, because just as you might find out about other people certain things in chat, they may find out some things about you. Players who play poker more often can be quite experienced in psychology.
In an online game, tempo is somewhat quicker than in live game, but it is a general rule that you should not stall the poker game. If you are taking too long to play, players can frustrated and leave the game that has become too slow.
If you are losing, just like in all other gambling games, you may become so frustrated and start losing self-control. Sometimes it is better to leave the table than to fall any deeper. The same goes for when you are winning. You need to be able to know when you had enough and try not to get carried away by either winnings or losses.
Playing poker can be risky, especially if you are addicted to gambling. There are thousands of cases of people who were not able to stop on time and who lost all their money or even more. It is so easy to get carried away, so stay safe and enjoy!