In the past years online poker has become a huge market for companies offering online gambling. There are in fact more and more separate sites offering only poker. Similar to slots bonuses, poker bonuses are specifically designed to encourage poker players to play.
A common part of poker terminology, bad beat is used for a very strong hand, which lost in the round. This sometimes happens if a player with a consistently strong hand bets and his initially weaker opponent calls and “hits” at the end a very improbable card combination by luck. Despite that there isn’t a defined hand rank, after which all losses are considered bad beats, the poker rooms offering special bad beat bonuses require most often that the losing hand is at least 4 Kind
A Satellite tournament at poker is a smaller tournament, offering its winners entry to a bigger tournament (Main Event). For example, if the Main Event seat normally costs $1,000, there could be a level 1 Satellite with a $100 buy-in, where for every 10 registered players (10 x $100 = $1000) a seat to the Main Event is guaranteed. There could also be level 2 Satellites with $10 buy-in, offering a place to the $100 level 1 Satellite for every 10 registered players, and so on.
A poker tracker is a software that uses the poker hand history and compiles statistics and other analytical information from it, enabling players to self-analyze their gameplay after each game. It allows for instance session profit and loss monitoring, provides data such as hand count, time played, average winnings per hand/hour, cumulative balance etc. Most poker rooms allow the usage of such softwares as they do not interfere in the gameplay, but serve instead only as a statistical information source.
After the installation and start of the poker client the first thing you will see is the poker “lobby”. It is an overview of all poker tables, options and other menus and tabs. In general, all online poker sites tend to make their lobbies as clean and easy to navigate as possible, so that you can effortlessly find and access everything you need. You will locate two main sections, cash tables and tournaments. When you’ve chosen a table, double-click it to open it.
When you sit down at a table, you will see a small pop-up window, asking you for the amount of chips you would like to buy at the table. If you wish to re-buy chips at later stages, click on the dealer or on the special button saying “Buy chips”. The chips are credited after the end of the current hand in order to prevent unfair short-stacked strategies.
Although both are tournaments, there is a considerable difference between them.
A scheduled tournament is the classical tournaments with a predetermined start time and date, available in the poker lobby sometimes weeks before its start date. Most of these tournaments are designed for hundreds of people, feature big prize pools and can take up to several hours to finish.
A “buy-in” is the amount that each player must pay to enter a tournament. The buy-in can be in play money (fictive), real money (for ex. $10), or $0 (none). The latter are also called freerolls as they cost nothing but award a (small) real money prize pool. They are popular among beginners for the unique opportunity to build up a bankroll without making a deposit.