Poker is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular card games. It’s known worldwide for requiring an element of skill, some good luck and the ability to bluff your opponents and is also responsible for such phrases as ‘poker face.’ There is some dispute in regard to the history of the game though. However, the German game of ‘Pochspiel’ is thought to be the earliest variant of the card game, incorporating betting, the ranking of card hands and even some bluffing. This was a game that was played in Germany way back in the 15th century.
Let’s head back into the 21st Centruy however, and the game of poker has been completely revolutionised by the Internet. Yes, the Internet has changed the way we do pretty much everything. From shopping, to banking, working and even socialising, the Internet is very much a part of our life. Poker has not missed out on the technical revolution either, with the game now proving an incredibly popular online activity. But just how has the Internet changed Poker?
Well, first of all, the way in which it is played has now changed. You no longer need to go to a bar or to a friend’s house with a group of people to play. You can play with people from all over the world from the comfort of your own home. You can take part in tournaments featuring thousands of people from in front of your living room and actually win money.
Let’s also not forget that online play means that, to some degree, the ‘poker face’ is eradicated from the game and your opponents rely much more on familiarising themselves with your betting habits to read you.
But it isn’t just the game play that has changed. The way people learn to play has changed too. There are countless resources online out there designed specifically to aid people in learning poker tactics and strategies. This enables players to incorporate a far more scientific approach to their play. The resources available online continue to raise the popularity of this age old card game.