Poker is one of the most played card games around the world, and the reason it is so very popular with people in many different countries is that the game is one on which a skilled and experienced player is going to have something of a much increased chance of winning.
As long as you initially get your head around the way in which each of the many different poker game variants work, play and operate and you also grasp the odds of any hand you have been so far dealt out being a winning one then there are some huge rewards of playing poker in a real money playing environment.
Be aware though that there was a time when the only way you could play poker was at home with friends or family members or in a licensed land based gambling venue such as a casino that had a set aside poker room.
However, what you will now find that no matter where you happen to live anywhere in Canada is that you can now access and play absolutely any type of poker game variant you want to play via a computer, cell phone or a tablet device. You will also be able to play cash ring games or even enter poker tournaments in all of those playing environments too!
How to Play Poker
The aim of playing poker is quite simple, all players that are sat around the poker table, either in a land based poker room or online are required to take turns to pay one of two initial wagers known as a blind and a big blind. The amount of that obligatory bet that will move around the table so every player will be paying it is dependent on the stake levels of the poker table you are playing it.
In games such as Texas Hold’em for example each player will then be dealt two facing down card that only they are going to look at and then a round of betting takes place. Player can opt to fold their hand at each round of betting by the way, but by doing so they will lose any chips they have fed into the pot.
In the middle of the table there are going to be dealt out what are known as a set of community cards and those are facing upwards cards any player left in each game can make use of to finally form a five card poker hand.
The Dealer will deal out one additional card to the community cards on the three additional rounds of betting which are known as the turn, flop and river. Once the final river card is dealt out to the community cards players will then get to the showdown stage of the game and it is at that point in time players will reveal their hand.
It will be the player that has the highest ranked poker hand that will win the pot, however if more than one player has the same ranked poker hand then the pot is equally split up between those players.
Legality of Poker in Canada
As you will see from the video below, in some countries of the world such as the UK the Government there has warmly embraced online poker and gambling online in general and as such any one old enough to gamble in the UK is able to do so from anywhere and on any type of device too.
However, the laws in Canada are of course different to those in the UK and as such whilst there are no licensed poker sites operating and regulated within Canada, you are going to find that as a Canadian citizen you are going to have access to a huge number of different online and mobile poker sites and apps, but just make sure that the ones you do decide to play poker at or on are licensed in at least one country!
History of Poker
The very first poker games to be played find different parts of the world were the stud poker variants, however one poker game that has become the most played variant since poker games became mainstream is the Texas Hold’em poke game and you are going to find you can play that game in all manner of different playing environments.
It was of course at home and in poker rooms that poker players were at one time only going to be able to play poker for real money or even just for fun, however in the last 1990’s the very first online poker sites opened their cyber doors and a few years later the very first mobile poker sites also went live too.
However, those very easier poker sites were very basic in their design but as the years have ticked by we have seen some very advanced poker software platforms and poker apps being made available to players all over the world and as such right now you can play poker from anywhere whenever you want to play from home on your computer or on any type of mobile device too so you really are spoilt for choice!
Learn How to Play Poker Games
If you want to learn how to play poker games then you will find that any site or app that does offer poker games will have help files attached to their sites, and by making use of those poker game help files you will get an understanding of how to play them.
Keep in mind that as someone playing poker online or on any mobile device you are going to be able to pick and choose your own stake levels, and it is important that you only use money to play poker with that you can afford to lose.
Also do consider making use of some of the many poker site bonus offers that are available to both new customers and regularly customers of any poker sites, for those bonuses, if they come with a fair set of terms and conditions are always going to ensure that you get plenty of value and with some luck in using them you could win some very high amount of cash, as long as you do always adhere to the terms and conditions attached to claiming and then using your bonus credits of course!
Who Invented Poker?
Sadly there is no record anywhere of who invented poker however a famous actor who was around in the early 1820’s did put on record that he had been playing a poker game variant back then and as such that is when we presume the very first weird and wonderful early variants of poker first stated to be played in various different locations!
How Poker Started in Canada
It was the fact that many people started to move to Canada many years ago that saw the introduction to the very first poker games and it was usually at home or in bars that the very first poker games were played with family members of friends simply playing for fun.
However, as gambling venues started to become much more mainstream in Canada and much further beyond too that is when many casino venues decided to open up and make available to their customers special areas on their gaming floors that were dedicated to the game of poker.
As such you will always find plenty of places in which you can now play poker either in a cash ring game settings or even poker tournaments, and also there are a huge number of different online and mobile poker sites that you are going o be able to sign up to and play any type of poker game you want o play too.
Who Offers Poker Site Licenses
Poker sites can and are licensed in many different countries and jurisdictions, and as someone who intends to use such a site we would strongly advise you to select a Poker site that does hold a full and valid gambling license.
Licensed and regulated Poker sites are going to operate to the very best and highest of industry standards and that above all else will ensure the games you do play are fair and you will never experience any problems getting paid out any winning you achieve either, and will of course be paid out all of your winnings in a timely fashion too.
Therefore make a point of checking the website of any Poker site you are thinking of signing up to and checking to see which, if any, licensing authority of gaming commission has issued that site with a license, and always avoid signing up to any site or app that does not have a full and much more importantly valid gaming license too.