Every physical thing in our world has a virtual counterpart. Because of this, poker too has its own version called online poker! Online poker is the same as the game of poker, only it can be played anytime you want and wherever you are as long as you have an internet connection and a computer. Poker, in a nutshell, dates back centuries ago and is referred to as ‘vying game’ where players attempt to outpace one another by coming out with the best possible card combinations. The historical background of the game, as the experts have said, descended from ‘poque,’ a French word, which in turn came from a German word ‘pochen’ meaning ‘to knock.’ But the mechanics of poker, as scholars have said, is very similar to the Old Persian game ‘as nas.’ It is said that Persian sailors taught the game to French settlers in the US and New Orleans. And from then on, certain modifications were made and now we have what we know today as online poker! Traditional poker rooms are still available today, and they are more commonly called as ‘brick and mortar’ poker rooms. Some players are quite hesitant to play at these places because they are intimidated with the geographical locations and the people they get to mingle with. The people who are shy and are intimidated by these poker rooms find solace and comfort in playing online poker in the comforts of their home. Moreover, they are cheaper, you don’t have to dress up, spend on gas and waste travel time just to play poker—and no tipping dealers too! For beginners, it is advisable to play online poker since they can hone their skills without money involved. Most poker rooms out there, like Sportsbook.com, have the option of playing poker for free or for fake points. You can try it if you want to get the feel of their software and would like to train. Cheating, like collusion, is actually strictly prohibited in online casinos. The admin checks players’ IP addresses in every room to make sure no two players are in the same location.