With the proliferation of poker rooms and casinos online, more and more people are choosing to learn and play poker. Of these, most people, especially those who are only just beginning to learn how to play, seem to prefer Texas Holdem poker.
There can be many reasons for this of course, but the main one is due to the fact that Texas Holdem is relatively easy to learn and play compared to other card games. In many respects this is true; However, it is also a little misleading. This poker game is, in reality, as complicated as its counterparts.
The only real difference between say five card stud and Holdem is that Holdem is easier to understand conceptually, and more people are playing the game so it is much easier to practice. With the popularity of this game, you will find free online games in every nook and cranny of the web.
In these games, you are not playing for money, so the stakes are just about non-existent, and this in turn means that people can learn to play without fear of losing large sums of money. In these free online card games, the experience gained is free and is therefore infinitely valuable to those who play.
However, the only problem with free online poker games is that by its very nature, because it is free, people wager outrageous sums and make equally outrageous bluffs on what are more or less ridiculous hands.
This is due to the fact that they have nothing to lose and therefore can let loose their own personal controls and play hell for leather with no consequences. For the new player, this can hold difficulties, because they are not getting the proper experience of playing poker in the real world, with real people, for real odds.
The ideal way to deal with this then, is to begin your play at these free poker games, and then to graduate and move on to the online Texas Holdem poker games where you will have to wager real sums of cold hard cash. It is only in these money games that you will find your card skills being truly tested, your poker experience expanding and finally advancing yourself in the ranks of poker players.