Casino Games – Poker Intellectual Component – Part One

According to the historians’ statements and to the archaeologists’ testimonies, games have existed throughout the whole history of human society. Before we start to learn more about poker we would like to formulate the general classification of games and to identify the place of poker within its frames. Mostly classifications are relative but still we need them in order to have the general idea of any phenomenon.

Athletic games, intellectual games and gambling.

Athletic games: the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved largely at the expense of athletic qualities of the competitors.

Intellectual games: the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved largely at the expense of intellectual qualities of the competitors.

The relativity of these definitions is obvious. Athletic games (boxing, football or any other type) surely contain intellectual component. In every type of games we have to think. The majority of famous athletes today prefer to keep their personal athletic diaries where they describe in every detail all of their competition and training matters.

Standing apart from others is the third type of games: gambling and casino games.

The definition of gambling and casino games based on the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved by chance. In such kinds of games the athletic or intellectual or any others qualities of the competitors are not principal. Believe it or not but according to this classification poker belongs to the second category, intellectual games. Let’s turn to the more detailed review of the latter.

Intellectual games. Games with almost perfect information and games with inexact information.

Games with almost perfect information: the idea of the game where all the game information (the position, the players’ actions) is fully open to all participants of the game.

To tell the truth there is restricted information even in that kind of games. That is: every player has its own idea of the game action and these thoughts as a rule are unknown to others. Chess is the most striking example of intellectual games with almost perfect information.

Games with inexact information: the idea of the game, where the part of information is mutually hidden from all its participants. The information type can be different. For example in backgammon the game position and players’ actions are fully open, however, the result of future dice toss is unknown to all of participants. In turn, in poker the scope of hidden information is bigger: the unknown information is not only the future coming out of cards from a pack but also the cards of each participant because they are hidden from the rest participants of the game.

We have made this preliminary analysis in order to draw the readers’ attention to the comparison of two types of intellectual games. As an example for a game with almost perfect information we will examine chess, as this game is probably well-known to our readers. As an example of games with inexact information we will study poker.

We have found out that in both the games the final result is achieved by intellectual qualities. But the intellectual effort is just a verbal definition. What does it stand for?

Casino Games – Online Poker – Part One

Let’s start with differences of online poker from off line poker game and the pros and cons of the online version. The main principal difference is obvious – gamblers, the opponents cannot see each other. Hence, on one hand a player does not have to maintain his “poker image” and on the other hand the player cannot “read” the opponent hand by focusing on the Body Language. So, in online poker room the psychological moment of the game is rather weak, for somebody it is good and for someone it is not so good. In other respects online poker presents only advantages and it will take a long time to name all of them. Here are the main ones.

Any room the same as any online casinos work 24 hours a day 365 days a year and any gambler may play all around the clock hole year.

A player does not have to tog up and go somewhere. Playing poker online at the computer is more comfortable that at the casino table.

The gambler can choose from a wide variety of games including the rarest ones, may play during a fifteen minute break; or leave the table any time. Players may participate in a number of tournaments and cash-games, can play short handed tables or face-to-face, may play at several online poker room tables at a time, play many games in an hour with simultaneous shuffling and dealing. Time limit for decision taking makes the game more dynamic. The players do not have to control and count the jackpot and their own chips.

Playing poker online is a good practice for the beginners playing micro limits which cannot be found in off line casino.

Before playing the game.

If you are ready to play poker online, you should install client programs. Basically the software comprises two parts – server part – here the cards are generated and information about all the gamblers is collected. Client’s part – here the player sees the cards, opponents and makes gaming decisions. Both parts of the software are connected via the Internet and constantly exchange information.

Client programs.

Client programs can be of two types: downloaded (executable programs) and non-downloaded (flash or java, played in the browser). Non-downloaded programs are less convenient though their number is increasing. To play non-downloaded poker room version a gambler should, as a rule, press some button like “Instant Play”, then a small browser window will be opened and the poker room software will be downloaded there. If this is java program, the player should have java scripts enabled in his browser, flash plug-in should be installed to view flash. The players are likely to have Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher with 128-byte encryption.

If you prefer downloaded version (and it is more convenient and functional), please find the section “Download” at the web site and download the program (usually 4-8 Mb, though sometimes occur small ones less than 1MB; they download the software after the launch and then will install the client). When the download is complete, start the program and it will install the client program. As a rule the client will automatically add the icon of the poker room at your desktop or to folder “Programs”.

Rules for the registration at the poker rooms, money depositing and withdrawal of the winning money are the same as in online casinos. When registering, fill out the application, indicate your full name, address, phone number, email, select login and password, and also your screen name that will be used during the poker room playing sessions. Almost all online poker rooms accept cards. There are a few e-wallets such as Moneybookes, Neteller, Firepay and so on to ease the players funding options.