The family of card games that come under the umbrella heading of ‘poker’ includes the likes of Straight, Draw, Texas Hold’em and Stud, and many of them date back to the early part of the 19th century. These variants all have a number of things in common, as they are all card-based betting games where the winner of every hand is determined by the combination of cards held by each player. There are differences centering on things like the number of cards each player holds during a round of course, and in recent years, more dramatic adaptations to the game have taken place. This is perhaps partly because poker is now competing with other types of online gaming, but here we will look more closely at some of those changes.
Better Ways To Learn The Game
Many of the changes that have taken place in the poker world are the result of players becoming better at the game during the last decade. Established figures within this world attribute these changes to several different factors, the first of which being that top quality poker training resources are now much easier to access than they were in the past. Whereas previous generations of poker players had little more than some books and prototype instruction pages at online poker sites, newer players can visit high grade internet sites offering detailed training on tactics and strategy – such as RunItOnce and Gripsed. There are also channels on Twitch like the Global Poker League that feature simulations of game-play complete with narration breaking the strategies involved so that viewers can understand them and apply them to their own play.
Players Getting Creative
The greater availability of good learning resources has meant that players are improving a lot faster and are developing fresh strategies for winning. An example of this would be the ‘reverse float’ where a player floats out of position instead of in position, which was non-existent a decade ago but is now a commonplace strategy. Another example of players experimenting with tried and trusted strategies and coming up with something innovative was the idea of opening under the gun even when they did not have a strong hand – which is the exact opposite of what standard poker strategy has always taught. This frequently proved to be a very effective way of bluffing for a lot of players as conventional wisdom says that a player only opens under the gun when they have something close to a guaranteed winning hand.
Players Getting Aggressive
Another change that has been noted is the rise in aggressive poker playing, which does not mean actual physical or verbal aggression, but rather an aggressive approach to tactical strategy. Players are now getting involved in pre-flop raising wars, with 3-bets and 5-bets now very commonly seen when they were virtually non-existent in the game. Accepted strategic moves such as ‘fourth raise should always be aces’ – as outlined in the successful poker strategy guide the Little Green Book by Phil Gordon – are now used much less frequently than before. This aggressive play also is also leading to players raising by huge amounts – sometimes 200 percent of the value of the pot. Many more established players view this sort of thing as a needlessly reckless way of playing the game and which they blame on television coverage of poker matches where viewers only see a small number of exciting hands within a lengthy game and get the impression from this that they must bet huge amounts in every hand or they are being too cautious.
A New Game In Town
The changes that have been taking place within the world of poker are not just limited to new strategies for existing forms of poker: we have also seen entirely new variants of the game being created. One very popular example of this is called Pick’em8. This game sees the player given eight cards and required to select two of them that will be used as the hole cards, which are combined with five community cards when each round of the game starts. This adds up to hand according to the rules of Texas Hold’em – of which this game is a variant – and the strength of the hand you have is decided according to the rules of that game.
What Makes It Different?
Clearly this game takes heavy inspiration from an existing form of poker, but it has aspects that are unique. Probably the single most notable of these is that when you are playing it you do not compete directly against any other players, which is a real shift from the traditional idea of poker as a game played among a group. is also a lot faster and simpler than most of the traditional forms of the game, which perhaps accounts for how quickly it has taken off, as it is poker format that anyone can understand and master. It can also be played with stakes as small as $0.25 a game. The combination of low stakes and relatively easy game-play makes it a poker format that can appeal to the widest possible customer base and is surely a big factor in its popularity among online players.
As you can see, the changes that have taken place within the world of poker encompass both the emergence of new strategies for the existing types of poker and the creation of new spin-off games. Sometimes these changes are the result of players having better skills thanks to good coaching and at other times they are down to players getting the wrong messages by watching selected coverage of games. New forms of poker on the other hand are being driven by online gaming, which is constantly evolving and innovating. One thing is for certain in all this: we can expect to see further changes in the future.