How To Play Online Poker – A Guide

Poker is often referred to as the ultimate card game, from Texas hold ‘em to three-card draw poker. Now you can play online poker with a massive range of poker games online at All Slots Casino, including video poker slots, all from home or on the go, for your convenience and entertainment.

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Let’s get started with this guide to playing casino poker online and how to do it.

Getting started with online poker Canada

A standard 52-card deck is the basic tool of the poker card game. Players bet against each other using plastic chips or virtual online chips which are exchanged for money at the end of play. At the heart of the bet is the value of the set of cards (hand) held by the player.

Online poker isn’t difficult to learn but can be more complex to master, as it requires a combination of luck, skill and strategy. Different versions of poker provide options when it comes to preferred playing styles, but the essentials remain the same.

The role of the online poker dealer is performed by computer software and the poker numbers are randomly generated. That all changes in live dealer poker, where the dealer and the cards as real as the fingers on your hands!

Interesting fact: a single game of poker once lasted for eight and a half months!

How to play poker

Different versions of poker include a family of variations of rules on the same framework. These include Texas hold 'em, Omaha hold 'em, five-card draw, five-card stud and seven-card stud.

Often one or more participants are required to put money in the pot before the start of play in what’s known as a ‘forced bet’.

To begin the game, the dealer shuffles, cuts and deals the cards face down to all players. From here, several betting rounds take place – players look to develop the hand dealt to them by adding or replacing cards to their hand.

Each round, players place bets. If one player places a bet that can’t be matched, the competitors fold, and if all competitors fold, the remaining player wins the pot of money – effectively winning the game without having to show their hand. This means that luck, strategy and bluffing can all play a part in the game – you don’t even need the best hand to win.

If more than one player still holds cards at the end of the last betting round, all must reveal their hands to show who has the best cards – the winner.

Video poker

Video poker is a specialised offering from All Slots Casino, in a wide range of themes promising lots of fun. It’s perfect for slot games fans as there are similarities and it’s easy to learn and amusing to play.

Easy steps to video poker include: choosing how many credits to bet, then working out the options of bet one, max bet and draw. The pay table shows you all the hands that can possibly win. When and how you can win depends on the choice of online poker game. So in the game ‘Jacks or Better’, a hand consisting of jacks, queens, kings or aces is the one to have, as the name suggests.

Once a bet has been placed in this video poker format, five cards are virtually dealt with the option to hold or replace. Cards not held are replaced with the final hand revealing whether or not a win is accomplished, the moment hoped for by all players.

Possible poker hands

Possible hands present varying winning potential.

The best hand in poker – the Holy Grail, if you like  – is a Royal Flush, with five cards representing Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 from the same suit. One below that is the Straight Flush with five cards from the same suit all in sequence.

Those are great hands to hold, but you can play a fantastic game with Four of a Kind, or four cards of the same rank plus one other card or a Full House – three cards of one rank and two of another.

A Flush offers the chance to get the poker face action going; it’s a hand with five cards from the same suit, while a Straight gathers five cards in a sequence (for example, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Three cards of the same rank is a Three of a Kind, and a Two Pair is two cards of one rank and two cards of another. A One Pair is just two cards of the same rank while a High Card is the highest card that will win when nobody has a pair.

Poker games on All Slots Casino

There are 17 basic poker game varieties to choose from on All Slots Casino, with plenty of choice for beginners and experienced players.

These include Aces and Eights, Double Joker, All America.

The 17 options cover: single hand, 4-hand, 10-hand, 50-hand, 100-hand and level-up games.

Players get to choose how to play at All Slots Casino, including online poker on mobile or in a live dealer game.

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Poker online: FAQs

Here are commonly asked questions and their answers about online poker and other casino games. Take a look and boost your confidence before you start playing with All Slots Casino.

Q: Why do so many people rate us as the best site to play poker online?

A: All Slots Casino offers a wide range of video poker titles and other card games and slots – the luxury of choice. Players also enjoy the exclusive welcome bonus and other potential rewards.

Q: Can you win real money playing poker online?

A: Players can play for free with certain games as well as play online poker for real money. This gives the chance to practice and get used to the games and their rules.

Q: Is it legal to play poker online in Canada?

A: Canada’s gambling laws are varied throughout the country, however, players are able to register legally and play games such as online poker in Canada via All Slots Casino with is registered via the internationally-recognised Malta Gambling Authority. The rules in place for registration ensure player peace of mind.

Q: What is the best mobile casino for real money poker?

A: All Slots Casino offers a fantastic real money poker experience with the mobile casino offering, a popular option when it comes to online poker sites. Various video poker formats can be played as well as online slots and card games such as blackjack – all while on the go. Regular play in the mobile casino contributes to loyalty points and the opportunity to earn exclusive rewards.

Q: What are the odds of winning at three card poker?

A: Basic strategy contributes to the odds of winning at three card draw poker. It’s a newer version of the game, perfect for the short-game player with limited play time available. Players can enjoy the online poker experience quickly and effectively.

Q: What is the house advantage in three card poker?

A: The house edge or advantage in three card draw poker can be as low as 2% or, if played blind, over 7.5% - it depends on the player’s approach to the game.

Q: How much does it cost to play poker at a casino?

A: The costs of playing poker at a casino vary depending of the version of poker played and the venue visited. Playing video poker online is a great way to practice the game before playing live dealer poker. That way, players can develop a strategy that they’re comfortable with and master the rules.

Q: How do you play Texas Hold‘em poker?

A: One of the most popular versions of poker is Texas hold 'em – it even sounds like the game played in a Western movie. It’s fairly easy to learn. Each player is dealt two cards, face down. The dealer then spreads the cards so that players can build the best-possible hand of five cards. Before and after each card is revealed, players have the opportunity to bet and the best poker hand wins the pot. Every player is hoping for that Royal Flush, but each has to guess what’s behind the poker face of their fellow players.