Poker is one of the most entertaining and exciting casino games, especially in an online casino. It’s one of the few casino games that is as exciting for the spectators as it is for the poker players. If you are new to online poker and you hold ambitions for winning one of these tournaments then it may be worth reading some of our guides that will explain all the options, formats for the tournaments at the top poker tournament sites and we also have a how to get started section.
The very first poker room opened it’s doors in 1998, Planet Poker was the first real money online poker rooms and it was completely groundbreaking. For the first time you could connect online and join a table and place a bet on a poker game. It didn’t take long for the popularity of online poker to grow and if you were one of the first to take up online poker then the technology was miles behind where it is right now.
The servers running the poker games quickly became overloaded and the technology really struggled. Still, that didn’t stop the rise of online poker and more competition quickly entered the market to snap up frustrated poker players. The increased competition and several poker site operators now in the market quickly saw the birth of the online poker tournament and the rest is history.
Players now have a wider choice than ever before and some seriously big poker brands have emerged meaning there is a constant stream of poker tournaments and ever-increasing prizes available in 2020 than ever before.
PokerStars are one of the most popular online poker options in the UK. Massive jackpots available and a tremendous range of games which includes Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Stud, Razz, Badugi, 5-Card Draw, Triple Draw, H.O.R.S.E., 8-Game Mix, Courcheval, Hold’em/Omaha and Triple Stud. They are probably the leading online poker site on the planet and have a great welcome package and range of promotions to run alongside this.
888 Holdings PLC operate numerous gambling sites online. Whilst they have 888 Sport, 888 Casino, 888 Bingo they also have 888 Poker, a site totally dedicated to variations of the infamous card game. The poker games included on the site are Texas holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi Lo, 7 Card Stud, SNAP, BLAST and Pick'em. There are some massive tournaments on offer which include Sit and Go, MTT, Progressive Knockout, Multi Flight, Free Tournaments, Satellites and Deep Stack. There are some great promotions for new and existing customers to take advantage of and this includes a welcome bonus available to new customers.
Betsafe are an online casino, poker and sportsbook platform with a wide range of markets and offers available to new and existing customers.
Guts Poker are an online platform offering a wide range of variations of the famous card game. They have a downloadable version of Guts Poker or you can play it through their browser. New customers can take advantage of an enticing welcome offer which is a great way to start your journey with Guts Casino.
Full Tilt Poker offer a wide range of poker options online. If you want to bag some massive jackpots in there spin & go tournaments or play some speed poker at the Zoom table they have you covered. They offer two card, four card and five card alternatives. With there 24/7 customer service and wide range of payment options they offer a great online gambling facility. There are also a range of promotions and bonuses for new and existing customers to take advantage of.
Poker Tournament Rules
There are some basic rules of poker that are applicable for whichever version of the game you are playing but there are some slight variations which you need to be familiar with if you decide to play in a poker tournament. The poker tournament organiser will decide which version of the rules they are using and we’ve listed the most popular variations below:
- Texas Hold’em – This is one of the most popular formats of tournament poker. Its starts with each player being dealt two cards, you view your cards and the first round of betting begins. There are a total of five community cards and these are revealed in three stages. Each reveal is followed by another round of betting. A player must use one of their own cards and then any of the community cards to make the best hand they can.
- Omaha – In this version of the game poker players are dealt four cards each, face down. You then turn over the cards and the first round of betting begins. Once the first round of betting concludes, three community cards are dealt which is also known as the flop. Another round of betting begins. Another two community cards are then dealt, also known as the turn making five community cards in total. Another round of betting commences. In order to win a player will need to make the best hand possible, using at least two of their original four cards along with the community cards.
- 7-Card Stud – In this variation, each player will start with three cards each – two of the dealt cards will be face down and one will be face up. Betting commences after the initial deal. Once initial betting is concluded the next round starts and each player receives a face-up card, this is accompanied by a round of betting. This is repeated another two times until each player has received a total of three face-up cards. The final card is dealt face-down before the final bets. All cards are then turned and the player with the best hand wins.
- Hi-Lo – Is typically used with Omaha or 7-card stud rules. Hi-lo poker can see the pot split between the highest hand and the lowest hand which is where the name comes from. A stake is wagered on the high and on the low. The low has to qualify or it’s just a high game.
- 5-Card Draw – Probably the most straightforward version of the game. Each player in the game is dealt five cards. You reveal all 5 cards in one go but only the player can see their cards. Player one (left of the dealer) will decide to play or check, once a play is made each player must decide to match the bet, raise the bet or fold. The winning player is the one with the highest hand at the end of the betting.
Poker Tournament Formats
So now you are familiar with the different poker variants, the tournaments themselves can also have a different format which is also worth knowing about before deciding to enter.
- Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs) – Each player has the same amount of chips when entering the poker tournament. There are a number of tables available for poker players and this is determined by the number of total players in the competition. Once a player is eliminated the tables are shuffled around or “balanced”. The winner of the poker tournament is the player left at the end with chips.
- Sit and Go – Designed to be short games and fast-paced but follows the same format as MTTs. Sit and Go poker games tend not to have fixed start times, there are typically between five and ten seats available at the table and the game will begin when all seats are filled. The great thing about Site & Go poker tournaments is that smaller games can be done in an hour.
- Shootouts – Are similar to MTTs in that Shootouts will have several tables all in the game. The big difference between Shootouts and MTTs is that the tables are never balanced out. If you win a table then the winners will go on to form new tables and this process will repeat until only one player remains.