For those just starting with poker, online poker sites like 888poker can serve as a great learning tool for getting acquainted with rules and game play, different poker variants, and strategy. Getting accounts on such sites is often easy and free, allowing novices to sit down at tables right away and start learning by experience in play money or "micro" stakes games.
888poker has introduced a useful interactive online program for poker newcomers called "The Game" that is simple to use and serves as a great introduction to several different poker variants.
The program covers five different variants — Texas hold'em, pot-limit Omaha, Omaha hi-lo, seven-card stud, and an 888poker-specific variant called SNAP (a "fast-fold" hold'em game). "The Game" is easy to navigate and remarkably thorough with its presentation of each game, covering rules and even some strategy via a smooth, animated interface.
Click on one of the five cards representing the five games to enter the discussion of that particular variant. First comes a general overview of the game containing an abbreviated explanation of the variant and how it is played.
After that click through to read the rules with the accompanying images of the games in action helping illustrate what is being explained. You can skip ahead and go back and forth between the screens as well, making it even easier to follow the discussions.
Move on to read some beginner-level tips for each variant, covering basic concepts that new players will want to know about before sitting down to play their first hands.
Also included is a list of hand rankings, and an invitation to begin playing right away on 888poker.
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Meanwhile, you can jump right in and start playing 888poker's interactive program "The Game."