Variations of poker are played throughout the world and the three most popular types are: Draw, Stud and Community Card Poker. Of these, the most frequently played is the Community Card variant called Texas Hold’em.
Hold’em has simple rules which make it a fairly easy game for beginners to learn. It’s also fast paced and this makes it exciting to watch. It has enjoyed a meteoric rise because it’s featured in movies like Rounders and Casino Royale and it’s the poker variant that’s chosen for the highly televised World Series of Poker Main Event. In 2003, Chris Moneymaker became the first winner who had qualified online and he did so playing Texas Hold’em. This event significantly increased the interest in poker and the number of online poker sites and tournaments exploded.
Another factor which contributed to its popularity was the invention of the hole cam. This small camera showed the face-down cards during recorded poker games and this novel aspect quickly grabbed the attention of the viewers at home. Texas Hold’em is the game that most new poker players want to learn and it has some of the most impressive tournament prizes at both online and land based casinos.