How To Play Online Poker?


Starting online poker is not very complicated. But for your gaming experience to be as successful as possible, it is always best to be accompanied step by step to make sure you do everything right. Then follow the guide!

Online poker: everyone talks about it, and many now seem to find the business as simple as buying bread from the bakery.

However, if you are not computer literate, being able to enjoy the fun of Internet poker (and why not you too get your share of the cake), can sometimes not always be obvious.

Our poker tutorial or tutorial is there to help you in your first steps as an online player.

Poker registration: How to register in a poker room?

How to register? Registering on a poker room is ultimately quite simple. You can first consult our comparisons and reviews of rooms, in order to get a good idea of the poker offer, bonuses, and find the room that suits you best.

Once you have made your choice on one or more specific poker rooms, simply click on one of our links to the poker room.

Once you reach the room’s site in this way, your poker registration is only a matter of minutes.

In general, the procedure is clearly indicated, and an online poker tutorial will be almost useless: just follow the steps described.

The usual procedure is as follows: you will first have to download the software by clicking on its link, which is generally well highlighted. Sometimes, the term used will be in English: “download”.

Save the file to your hard disk, then launch it. Then follow the installation procedure as you would install any software on your computer.

Once the operation is complete, double-click on the software icon.

Note: some rooms offer a version of their software without downloading. The operation is the same, except that the client will work this time directly in your Internet browser, without you having to install anything.

Create an account

At this point, the software will ask you for a log-in (username) and a password (password), which you do not yet have. This is where you must click on “create an account”, or “new user”. The operation will either be integrated into the software (simply fill in the requested fields), or you will be redirected to the room’s website (the procedure remains the same).

Don’t forget to enter our promotional code dedicated to the room at the time of registration (if requested) to be able to benefit from our exclusive bonus negotiated for you!

Account validation procedures may then differ from one room to another. Once you have your access data (which you can sometimes receive by e-mail), return to the software’s home window, and enter your login details.

You’re there! You’re there!

Once connected, it will be up to you this time to explore the sections and features of the software, which can differ quite a bit from one room to another.

Usually organized in tabs, these sections will most often allow you to navigate between cash game games (money games, also called ring games) and tournaments of different types.

Everywhere else, the menus will allow you to access countless options (personalization, various information, contacts,…), without forgetting access to the cashier section where you can make your deposits and withdrawals, and even check the status of your bonuses.

As you can see, how to register for poker is not so hard to come by.

For those who are concerned about registration and legal poker at this pivotal time of market opening, it is only a matter of days before everything becomes a little more transparent. Stay informed by consulting PokerListings !

Note: Find other useful links before you start playing poker:

Poker Rules – A full page on the rules of poker, in all the poker variants you can play.

Poker Strategy – One of our flagship sections, thanks to which you will be able to learn a lot and become better than most of the other players you will meet at the tables.

How to read the ranking at the top of this page?

Before starting to describe the different poker games approved by ARJEL (as well as others) in French poker rooms, we propose above a general ranking that groups the rooms according to the number and quality of poker variants offered, and several important parameters according to our evaluations.

Each room in the ranking is subject to a thorough review of the promotions, software, security protocols used and game offerings available. We recommend that you read their review carefully to find the room that best suits your preferences and your experience as a poker player.

All the rooms listed above are approved by ARJEL: they allow you to play all types of poker games authorized in France in a totally legal way. Here is a presentation of it.

Why a page on the different types of poker?

Poker in France has managed to move beyond the fashion stage to become a passion shared by tens of thousands of players. And online rooms have done a great deal of work to offer the best possible offer of poker games to their players in order to build their loyalty.

Competition between operators always has the beneficial effect of significantly increasing the supply of available poker variants. In almost every room, you will find a large number of tables ranging from the traditional Texas Hold’Em (which also has a few very different versions) to the most strategic Omaha, as well as Heads Up, which have become one of the most sought-after specialties.

To help you get the most out of your online poker experience and get to know each type of poker game available, we have created a short guide for each variant with its advantages, disadvantages, and recommended objectives for players.

If you are interested in any of these poker games, then please do not stop at the content of this page. Simply click on the link in the text to learn the basic rules and principles of each game. This will allow you to get to the tables without having to pay for being an inexperienced beginner.

Texas Holdem. Overview of the situation

Texas Hold’en is probably the most popular poker game. It is offered in all the gaming rooms that make up the French online poker landscape.

There are several versions, ranging from cash games to tournaments with or without limits (the differences are discussed in detail below). In Texas Hold’Em, each player sitting around the table plays with two private and hidden cards, which he must combine with five other community and face-up cards that are placed on the board during the different phases of the game.

The objective of a Texas Hold’Em poker game is to combine your private cards with those of the board to make the highest possible 5-card hand at the table.

Texas Holdem

Tournament and Cash: two different poker games

While the Texas Hold’Em poker game play remains the same in all versions of the game, there are real differences between the “cash” game and Hold’Em tournaments, which will significantly change the game play and the player’s chances (and skills required).

Tournament Texas Hold’Em is considered to be the most intense expression of the sport and strategic dimension of the game.

Poker tournaments usually involve a buy-in fee. Then, all registered players receive the same number of stack chips to bet during their game. The tournament ends when, hand after hand, a player has managed to collect all the chips from all the other players in play.

Competitions are generally quite long (except for table tournaments, which are called sit-and-go).

The poker tournament is divided into levels: these moments will determine the constant increase in blinds to gradually accelerate the pace of the game.

Unlike tournaments, Texas Hold’Em cash games are the fastest version of poker you can play, and the one you can also find most often in casinos.

Tables start as soon as two or more players decide to participate. The silver parts have a constant armour height and present a fluidity in the sequence of actions. They are more suitable for players who have some knowledge of poker and are not afraid of losing their money.

In summary: We recommend poker tournaments (especially those that are free, freerolls) to less experienced players. You can consult our strategic section dedicated to cash poker games to find the best tips for cash poker, and make them available to anyone who does not have several years of experience at the tables.

The parts with or without limits

Although the No-Limit version of the game is the best known and most played, Texas Hold’Em is one of the poker games that also offers a Limit version. The Limit mode imposes a specific limit on the bets that the player cannot exceed on each hand.

It is undeniable that limitless poker is more exciting and attractive than the one with limited wagering. But it should also be noted that playing without a ceiling implies a different game sequence, with larger pots, and a much lower percentage of slaughter (when the hand ends).

If this is the first time you have tried Texas Hold’em Poker, we recommend that you read the section on poker rules and poker strategies in PokerListings to learn more. If you have played Texas Holdem Poker before, you will find on this page the list of the best French poker rooms specialized in this kind of poker.

Heads-Up Poker

Known to the general public as the last moment of a tournament, the one in which the last two players compete for first place and victory, Heads-Up is also a kind of poker game in its own right that has recently found a large number of fans for two main reasons.

First, this poker mode offers a good game speed and a high adrenaline due to the confrontation between two players. It is also considered a major exercise in achieving positive results in poker competitions. These are inevitably concluded by a heads-up, and anyone who masters this type of poker is really at an advantage.

The rules of the game are the same as in multi-player Texas Hold’Em. The only difference between the two games is that you are up against a single opponent instead of 4, 6, 9 or 10. This implies significant differences in game strategies, since at Heads Up the probability of having high value cards is much higher than in games with more players.

If you are interested in this variant of poker, once again we invite you to visit our strategy section to discover all the basics of the game and our best tips.

Omaha poker

Since the explosion of Texas Hold’Em attracted thousands of players around the French tables ready to compete, the tables and tournaments are more and more frequented and the game is not always of an excellent level. Many more experienced players then chose to specialize in one of the most technical poker games available, Omaha.

The main difference with Texas Hold’em is that Omaha requires all players to receive 4 private cards instead of 2, two of which must be used to make the best five-card hand with 3 of the community cards placed by the dealer on the board.

If in Hold’em you can use only one or even none of the cards in your hand, in Omaha you are required to use both.

Omaha poker exists in three different versions (depending on the betting system): Fixed Limit, No Limit and Pot Limit (reported in most rooms with the acronym PLO). The Pot Limit is generally preferred by players.

Aware of the number of our readers interested in Omaha, the PokerListings team has chosen to dedicate a large space to this variant of poker with resources such as the Omaha rules and of course a Strategy section for Omaha.

In summary: If you’ve spent a lot of time playing Texas Hold’Em and want to try something new, then playing Omaha is probably the most logical choice for you. In France, the vast majority of poker rooms offer Omaha games.

Note that Omaha High-Low (where you play for both the best and worst game) is not yet available in real money.

Stud Poker

Our journey through the various poker games ends with the purists’ favorite game and the most widespread before the advent of Texas Holdem: Stud.

Available in several versions, Stud is the only type of poker presented on this page that does not use community cards to make up the final hand. This feature considerably increases the level of difficulty of the parties. Indeed, the lack of information on the hands of other players severely restricts the possibilities of successfully interpreting their game.

In short: Stud is a game with a public of enthusiasts who are generally very passionate about this very special poker game, and who therefore know it in depth. Before you blindly launch yourself on a table of 5 or 7 Card Stud, it is recommended to read our specific section dedicated to the different versions available: the Stud Rules and the Stud Strategy. Otherwise, as always if you are not sufficiently informed, you risk paying a very high price for your experience.

Other Variants

There are many variations of poker and others exist, some still popular, others much more exotic and little practiced.

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