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Skill & Knowledge

Learn how skill and knowledge factor into games of chance

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Finding Help

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Finding Help | GameSense

If you find yourself gambling too much, or if it no longer feels like a game, there’s help if you need it.

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Poker

Think you know when to hold'em and when to fold'em? Then try your hand at poker - a popular card game where players compete against each other for a chance to win the pot.  

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You can play poker online now!

Game Overview

Poker is part of the traditional table game family involving elements of chance, strategy and player psychology. Players are randomly dealt a combination of cards and draw from shared community cards. Each player bets according to the rank they believe their hand is worth. During a round of play, you either check (no bet), 'fold' your cards against a bet, match the bet, or raise the bet. Sometimes 'bluffing' is involved to advance strategy. The player with the highest ranking hand, takes the pot at the end of the game. In this game, the outcome is influenced by how players play their cards.

Game Types Available: Omaha & Texas Hold’em

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Odds of Winning

Poker is a skill-based casino game. In skill-based gambling, your ability can have some influence on whether you win or lose. As a result, the odds of winning are not the same among all players - some players have an advantage over others. However technique, knowledge or strategy can only go so far. You still can't control which cards you are dealt.

Skill and strategy can play a role in these games because players must make decisions that can affect the outcome. Players who make poor decisions will win less often than players who consistently make decisions based on knowledge and experience.

Playing poker well involves using a variety of skill, including calculating odds, reading opposing players and not letting other players read you (i.e. keeping a good poker face). Of course, even very good players will experience loss. However, over the long term a skilful poker player will end up winning more than other less skilful players. For more information on the odds of winning all games, visit Gamesense.ca.