Poker is a card game that requires the combination of skills, luck and strategies. The precise origin of the game has been mysterious although rumors have stated that people in China have learnt how to play poker since a couple of centuries ago. Despite the vague derivation of where exactly Poker came from, it is relatively easy to witness the widespread popularity of the game in western countries, especially the United States.The first game of poker carried out in the United States was held in the Southern City of New Orleans, dated late in the 1800s. Besides, there has been a march of players travelling from Ohio Rivers and Mississippi to have hands-on attempt on the games. In fact, the excitement and addiction of the game has brought storm to the countries where spreading was done drastically.Basically this game focuses on deciphering the competitors’ gestures, expressions and demeanors. Any slight movement such as long breathing or twitch of the eyebrows may indicate to an observant and experienced player if you are either at the winning or losing edge. So if you wish to learn how to play poker, first, be sure to have a straight expression known as the “poker face”. Some people claimed that celebrities, especially actors would succeed in poker game as they have high capabilities of controlling their emotions and facial expressions.There are several variations of poker such as the “Seven Card Stud” and “Texas Hold ‘em”. In fact, the Poker game has been transmitted into the online form, making internet surfers and gamers become adhesively addicted to the games. Players can either choose to play with real rivals from other parts of the world or solely against the computer. Due to the elite emission of the online poker into the gaming world, many players especially the novice ones are now using the online game to practice their skills before they play in real authentic casinos. Undeniably, through adequate practice and with the right software, you are capable of being a Poker master.Perhaps, you would be nervous and fearful during your initial visits to the casino. But as time passed by, you will gain your confidence and this game will no longer be a stranger to you. It is for sure that strategy is a core key in most games hence being the primary factor in determining either you being a winner or a loser. With adequate training and strong determination, you should be able to turn into a great poker player.
When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.