An online poker strategy requires a change in perspective if you habitually play poker in physical locations because the rules of engagement are different and there are different stresses and pressures on the player. Online poker is often seen as a more accommodating option for novices, allowing them a n excellent way to learn the game whilst being removed from the pressures and demands that playing the game in person entails. Certainly, the major psychological pressures such as tells and the need to bluff are removed, but this does not mean that there is no need for an online poker strategy, because online poker is rather challenging in of itself.There are a number of online poker strategy videos available and whilst this may seem a rather bizarre way to learn the game, online poker strategy videos go one step further than actual online poker games and give novices the benefit of the theory without actually risking their money. More than just a sexed up version of the humble manual, an online poker strategy video will allow the viewer to learn how to play the game with the input of an expert who will no doubt be able to provide valuable insights into the game that will not and cannot be replicated in the manuals.There are several different ways of learning and the overwhelming majority of people learn most effectively with the use of visual materials such as videos rather than dry reams of manuals and paperwork. Most of these videos will give a breakdown and overview of all the rules concerning the various forms of poker. Given how many different variations there are, this can often prove to be bewildering for the novice player. Actually seeing the rules in force, being implemented makes things much easier to understand and control whereas simply reading them off the front of a book will not have the same practical benefit.Earlier on the article we touched on online poker strategy videos being excellent because they offer information that simply cannot be taught or conveyed effectively (if indeed at all) via a book or manual. One of the most evident examples of this is “posture” for poker games, which encompasses how to sit at the poker table, how to deal with facial expressions to avoid giving too much away etc.”Tells”, or involuntary gestures of the body which are an indicator of emotion are often used by players to determine whether a prospective player is indeed bluffing or not. Whilst this is an issue that will not feature too much in online poker, it is important to note that tells are a crucial element in physical poker, so being aware of the elements involved is quite crucial. Of course being able to hide your “tells” whilst a very difficult to do, is a very powerful skill to learn and so you may want to devote sometime to doing this.
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.