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People playing poker at a poker table.

A Sit-and-Go Tournament, also known as a Sit-N-Go, is a special kind of poker tournament that has no scheduled starting time. Instead of a starting time, the tournament begins as soon as the specified number of players are sitting at the table and ready to go.

People playing poker at a poker table.

Cash games, also known as ring games, are the original—and, in some respects, the purest—way of playing poker. When friends get together to play poker around the kitchen table or at the local tavern or social club, they almost invariably play cash games. And while poker tournaments have been getting the most publicity thanks to big televised poker extravaganzas, there are always excellent poker cash games available at both brick-and-mortar casinos and at online poker sites.

Picture of a poker tournament (many poker tables in a large room)

A poker tournament is a type of poker competition in which the players start off with an equal number of “chips” and compete for prizes that are awarded to the top finishers at the end of the tournament. The most famous poker tournament is the World Series of Poker but there are plenty of other poker tournaments—including online poker tournaments—available to players at every skill level and every bankroll level. So now let’s take a closer look at what exactly is a poker tournament and how you can play in one.

a text book with the title How to Play Poker 101

Learning how to play poker requires some effort, but it’s worth it. Millions of people think poker is the greatest game on earth, combining elements of luck, strategy, mathematics, psychology, logic, intuition, suspense, and excitement. We, at Intertops Poker, agree and offer this guide to how to play poker so you, too, can join in and experience the poker fun.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa [a reference to the Italian origin of Telesina]

Telesina, also known as Teresina, is an Italian version of 5-card stud. It is a very popular poker variation in Italy but is not so well known in the rest of the world, which is a shame, because it is an interesting and very exciting poker game. Fortunately, Telesina is available for online poker play at Intertops Poker. Here is a step-by-step guide to how to play Telesina Poker.

Poker players struggling to understand the hand

Every poker player is looking for an extra edge. One excellent way to improve your online poker playing is to see your poker game as if it were the opposite of a negotiation. At one time, businesspeople saw negotiations as zero-sum activities in which one side won and the other side lost. Today, negotiations are seen as win-win situations in which both sides get at least some parts of what they wanted. Not so in poker where we're going for the zero-sum outcome.

a picture of dogs playing poker

“Dogs Playing Poker” is among the most well-known paintings in the world, as easily recognizable by the average citizen—and certainly by the average poker player—as the Mona Lisa. And yet there is much about “Dogs Playing Poker” that is either unknown, under-appreciated, or misunderstood.

a judge scratching his heads in disbelief and confusion

It seems that the Americans have an amazing talent for complicating the simplest things. This time, it’s about online poker.

People playing Omaha Poker at a poker table.

Omaha Poker is an exciting strategy-based community-card poker game. It is a little bit complicated, but nevertheless easy to learn if you just relax and take it easy and follow this step-by-step guide through the various stages of the game.

People playing Texas Hold'em Poker at a poker table

Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker game in the world. It is played in the World Series of Poker and in brick-and-mortar casinos and online poker casinos around the world. Many newcomers, however, are intimidated by Texas Hold’em. With its esoteric vocabulary and its multiple betting rounds, it seems “difficult.”

Poker player ensnared in a trap

All poker players need to learn to detect and avoid traps.  However, there are two types of traps; gameplay traps for which the above advice is sound and personal traps which are harder to see and avoid.

Poker player with question marks over his head

One thing that most tutorials reiterate often is to play tighter when you're in early position and more aggressively when you're in late position.  This is sound advice for the most part but it also seems to contradict the advice to stay unpredictable in your betting.

Poker player unwinding in nature

During the game, we have to concentrate to the limit of our ability.  After the game, we're wired so relaxation and unwinding are vitally important.

Poker player with quizzical look

Possibly the hardest aspect of poker is deciding whether an opponent is betting with a real hand or is bluffing.  This dilemma faces every poker player and it changes from street to street.  To become expert in determining the real intent of an opponent’s bet takes time and practice.

Poker Player Sweating as he Calculates Pot Odds

It Takes Thousands of Hands to Achieve Poker Excellence

Calculating pot odds and implied odds are the mirror image of knowing the number of outs you have. 

a text book with the title How to Play Poker 101

Learning how to play poker requires some effort, but it’s worth it. Millions of people think poker is the greatest game on earth, combining elements of luck, strategy, mathematics, psychology, logic, intuition, suspense, and excitement. We, at Intertops Poker, agree and offer this guide to how to play poker so you, too, can join in and experience the poker fun.

Poker table showing different facial expressions of the players.

New players, especially, need to understand the importance of position in evaluating their hands.  The same hand in early position might be a lot less valuable than in late position.  Position changes with every hand as well.

A hand holding two Aces with hearts floating around them.

Inexperienced Poker Players Often Value their Aces Poorly

The ace is the best card in the deck but it is often not the best card in a hand.  Players need to learn to value their aces correctly.  One way is to study the nuances of the game such as opponents’ betting history as a supplement to betting high with good cards.

Good players will see you scratch your nose even online

The Importance of Learning Not to Telegraph Your Inexperience

Online poker players need a different sort of antennae for detecting tells.  New and inexperienced players need to be careful to demonstrate calm and determination as opposed to hastiness and lack of clear direction.

Why Poker is a Great Game

Learn to Think Like a Poker Player

Poker is perhaps the most challenging game because, at the same time, we have to be both straightforward in our thinking and to think deeply about information we don’t actually have.  When we play poker, we learn just how hard “thinking” can be.

Man driving a car with Intertops Poker written on the side of the car.

There is a very interesting analogy between learning poker and learning to drive. At first, we don't know what we're doing and we look at everything around us. As we get better, we look at only those things we need to look at.

How to become a pro poker player

Professional poker players have behavioral characteristics that set them apart from amateurs. Pros are more flexible than amateurs. They know when to stay in a pot and when to get out. They know not to throw good money after bad. Pros also identify themselves as pros.

Evolve into a better poker player

Many poker players place too much emphasis on big hands. They think that big hands bring big wins. They might, but often they don't. Small gains and small lessons are much better as winning measures and as learning tools. Develop the skills to evolve as a poker player.

Laptop opened with chips all around

There is a lot of great poker that you can watch on the internet. We also offer great poker action at Intertops. You can learn a lot from watching poker. We feel that the experience you get figuring out hands by playing online is an even better learning experience.

Watch out for Problem Poker Players – hint: they’re not just the drunks

The second Responsible Gambling Conference recently took place. Casino operators are always looking to keep their gamers well within the limits of safe gambling as opposed to problem gambling. Poker player have a unique set of symptoms that point to possible problem gambling.

Poker Strategy:  Play Tight or Aggressive?

We all love poker both online and at land based casinos. We look to improve all the time as well. One advice we hear a lot is play tight. Another advice we hear a lot is be aggressive. How can we tell when it's time to play tight and when it's time to be aggressive?

A Royal Flush of diamonds reflected in the sunglasses of a player

Poker is a game of surmises since our opponents; cards are hidden. One way to surmise a hand is by determining the odds of winning the hand. This is based on the strength of the player's hand and his or her imagination as to what he opponents might have.

Overhead view of players playing at a poker table with Intertops Poker written on it

Great poker players are made by hard work and a lot of practice. Playing online is a great way to play many hands and to learn something from each one. By playing online, you make yourself better for the inevitable live game at a casino or poker room.

A laptop opened to Intertops Poker with chips around and a player's hands on the keyboard.

Ever since amateur Chris Moneymaker won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker in 2003, thousands of amateurs have set their sights on becoming poker pros. Heavyweight boxing champ David Haye is trying his hand at poker. He is using poker coaches.

Poker table with chips and a padlock super-imposed on it

Some internet poker sites have made contractual agreements with land based casinos in the United States to run those casinos' online poker rooms. This does not mean that all other online poker rooms are unsafe. Intertops is 100% safe in every way.

man holding cards and playing poker

We all relate to winners. When casino gamers look at the news, we often see a lot about poker - news about tournaments and news about the political side of gambling in general. We would like to see more about talented poker players just starting to become well-known.

Understanding the Poker Hands Ranking

Hello and welcome to the exciting world of poker! We’re not surprised you have decided to join millions of fans around the world, but we are just wondering what too you son long?!

Understanding Omaha Hi-Lo Poker

Even though Texas Hold’Em is still the most popular Poker game around, Omaha is gaining popularity fast and could potentially claim the title in the not-too-distant future.

Famous Poker Players

If you’re a poker fan, you must have read about successful world-famous players, and maybe even watched them in action via televised events or indeed live, and thought: “Perhaps one day this will be me?” 

Popular Poker Tournaments and Events

There’s no doubt that tournaments are the reason many of today’s poker players became interested in the game.

A short history of Poker

There is no general agreement as to how this hugely popular casino game came into existence. The further back we try to trace it, the most difficult it gets, mainly due to a lack of written records.

Intertops EPC Velden!

Get ready for another trip to Austria! Along with the “Milli Maker” WSOP satellites we are running, Intertops is also getting geared up for the aftermath of the World Series!