With more people trying to save money and staying at home during the evenings, the accessibility of the Internet and poker games online has grown in popularity.
As the name suggests, online poker is the game of poker played over the Internet and has been partly responsible for the dramatic increase in the number of poker players world-wide. A survey carried out in 2005 stated that online poker revenues grew from $82.7 million in 2001 to $2.4 billion in 2004.
Online venues are dramatically cheaper to run than bricks and mortar venues mainly due to the fact that there are no overhead costs such as heating, or charges per table. Added to this, extra tables do not of course take up extra room as they would in a bricks and mortar location. Online poker rooms also allow the players to play for low stakes such as 1 pence or 2 pence. Poker freeroll tournaments where there is no entry fee are also often held, encouraging beginners and less wealthy clientele.
There are several forms of online poker card games that are played over the Internet. The most popular and therefore more frequently played of these is Texas Hold'Em poker, followed by Omaha poker and Seven Card Stud poker. There are also games such as Caribbean Stud poker and Hi Lo poker.
To find out more and take part in games, visit any of the online poker websites such as poker.williamhill.com, pokerscards.com or Bwin.