Online Poker is a popular table game at any real money casino. Discover the 10 basic rules of online casino poker and how to get started today. Hint: it's easier than you think.

If you’re thinking about swapping online pokies for online poker then now is your chance! Poker games are popular table games at any online casino in Australia.

Not only is it one of the most beloved online casino table games out there, but it also attracts some of the biggest personalities around. Even Croco doesn’t mind playing the odd hand of Texas Hold ‘Em poker. But then again… Croco loves a thrill!

Before we give you the secret recipe to winning at poker, there are a few things that you should know. The first one is that not all tips are created equal. Nor are all online casinos when it comes to online poker.

Here are the basic poker rules with 10 easy beginner steps for playing poker online with real money. Know that we’ve interviewed a few of our most high rolling PlayCroco Australian players in order to learn these poker tips. With any luck they’ll take you from BabyCroco to RoyalCroco in no time at all!


1. Online poker rules 🃏

Of course the first thing that every poker beginner player should know is that online poker, like all games, comes with a set of poker rules. If you ever want to master poker games or at least win some extra money for the weekend then you will need to know these poker rules and how to take advantage of real poker games.

You don’t want to find yourself in the middle of a poker tournament trying to learn poker rules on the fly. This will both disrupt your poker games and distract you from your poker hand. Online poker in Australia is a game that is meant to be played relatively quickly… especially online poker. By learning the rules you can ensure that the game flows smoothly!

Everything from which poker cards pairings and combinations are stronger than others to the different variations of poker is all essential knowledge. As is learning went to bluff and when not to bluff as well as how to identify when you opponent is pulling your leg!

It’s also worth mentioning that the poker hand you receive will depend on which position at the table that you sit. The further around the table your position is… the more poker hands you can open and the more pressure you can put on your poker opponent.

We’ll follow up with a more detailed online poker guide around the rules of poker games at a later date. For now though - the rest of these 10 basic poker tips should see you through your first few online poker sessions!

2. Online poker high stakes vs low stakes 

Another important point that you should take into consideration as an online poker beginner is that you should never jump straight into a high stakes poker game. Even though many poker players don’t like playing low stake poker games (because the rewards are also low), you should see this as an advantage… especially if you’re only new to the poker game.

A low stakes poker game will help you feel more comfortable. Safe in the knowledge that one wrong move won’t see you lose a large amount of real money. Just bet low and be happy knowing that you’re learning as you go! Because like nearly all things… actually experiencing how something works for yourself will speed up the process of learning it.

3. Real money online casino poker games: which type is the best? 

There are many different formats of poker… From double jackpot poker to bonus jackpot deluxe poker, Texas Hold ‘Em, Aces and Eights and plenty more online poker games. Some Australian poker players prefer one style of poker over the other. You will need to experiment with a few different types of poker in order to find which one is right for you!

In many ways this is just choosing from the many different types of online pokie machines. And just like pokie machines… you probably have a preference for one theme or type of pokie machine over another.

Finding which type of real cash online poker format that you like most can be a little bit time-consuming. But once you find a poker type that really rings true for you, you’ll be able to play that online poker game as little or as much as you like!

4. Online poker hands 

A common mistake of beginner poker players is that they think they can or that they should win on nearly every poker hand! In order not to fall into this trap… you need to be selective about which online poker hands that you play.

Some poker hands are more likely to win than others and will therefore naturally give you more real money. Other poker hands will look good, but in reality they’ll be uglier than the south end of a northbound Croco. And that’s pretty hard to look at.

Only play your strongest poker hands or hands that you know you can win on. By doing so you will learn how to play online poker effectively without losing real money in the process!

5. Play one poker game at a time 

If you’re at all familiar with online poker purely based on your exposure to poker films and TV shows, here is a little reality check for you…

If you see poker players betting on poker game using more than one screen for one game at a time, it’s either a Hollywood movie or the player is experienced enough that they are able to pull this off without losing real money.

For most of us who are only new to online poker though, playing multiple poker games at once might not be the best approach!

Of course, we understand the appeal of playing multiple poker games at once. This way you can set yourself up to win more real money! In the real world though… poker beginners that try to bite off more than they can chew (like Croco at a breakfast buffet) will expose him or herself to a certain amount of risk which could ruin your poker playing experience.

6. Which online poker games are available at PlayCroco casino? 

There are quite a few different online casino poker games to get started at PlayCroco. You can of course play online poker games for free or simply top up your account and play with real money.

PlayCroco casino offers the following online poker games:

  • Aces and Eights Poker
  • All American Poker
  • Bonus Deuces Wild Poker
  • Bonus Poker
  • Bonus Poker Deluxe
  • Deuces Wild Poker
  • Double Poker Deluxe
  • Double Double Poker Deluxe
  • Double Jackpot Poker
  • Double Double Jackpot Poker
  • Jacks or Better Poker
  • Joker Poker
  • Loose Deuces Poker
  • Sevens Wild Poker
  • Bonus Poker Deluxe

7. Online Poker hands ranking chart: learn about them 

We’ve already mentioned how learning the general rules surrounding an online poker game can be really useful. The next step, however, is to learn the poker hand ranking chart.

The poker hand chart (for those who are new to this type of online casino poker game) essentially dictates which poker hands are better than others. The following poker hands are ranked in order from best to worst…  

  • Royal flush: When you have an A, K, Q, J and 10 all in the same suit
  • Straight flush:  Five cards in a sequence that are all in the same suit
  • Four of a kind: All four cards of the same rank. One in each of the four different suits
  • Full house: Three of a kind with a pair
  • Flush: Any five cards of the same suit (that aren’t in a sequence)
  • Straight: Five cards in a sequence (but not of the same suit)
  • Three of a kind: Three cards of the same rank
  • Two pair: Two different pairs
  • Pair: Two cards of the same rank
  • High card: When you haven't made any of the hands above, the highest card plays

8. Online poker games: take your time and enjoy! 

There are some similarities between playing online poker and playing online pokie machines for real money! One of the biggest differences though is that while you can essentially play on autopilot when it comes to pokie machines. You must remember to think each decision through and take your time in a poker game…

This is much easier said than done. Even advanced players make mistakes because they get caught in the moment or swept up in emotion! This is due to the fact that there are a lot of decisions you need to make on every hand of poker.

What is your opponent doing? What are the chances of the dealer flipping a certain card? Why the heck is Croco wearing shades at the poker table?

Your first few poker games can feel overwhelming, but you’ll go along way if you just remember to take your time on every poker hand!

9. Online poker: when folding is the best option 🤝

Because sometimes folding really is the best option! Not all the time, mind you. But yeah… there are definitely a few moments in every poker game when your only option is to fold.

When you first start playing poker you might have trouble holding what you think is a good hand. Taking these tips into consideration though, you will quickly learn that the best strategy going forward is to only play your strongest poker hands!

It’s also worth noting that in every online poker game, the player or computer that you’re playing against may have a certain personality. If you’re playing against a computer that is aggressive and rising constantly, you may need to consider matching their aggressiveness and calling their bluff!

Of course, knowing when is the right time to call someone’s bluff is a whole another story. As you progress in poker you’ll learn when you should call someone out and when you shouldn’t. It’s actually not something that we can really teach you… it all comes down to practice poker.

10. Play online poker: stay focused 

Since there is sometimes a lull between poker hands or even during other types of online casino table games, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being distracted. These distractions could come in the form of a TV in the background, phone calls or even other opened internet windows…

When distracted, you may miss out on an opportunity to win some real money by playing the wrong online poker hand or making a fundamental online poker mistake! When these distractions accumulate… you run the risk of blowing a winning streak (or worse yet - you don’t live up to your potential as an online poker player).

By creating a distraction free zone you can avoid letting your mind wander during an online poker game. This will allow you to be more focused on playing the poker hands in front of you!

Not only that, but by having a distraction free zone you can put your energy into being a more considerate and professional online poker player. Head on over to your PlayCroco online casino account now and check out our many available online poker variations we have! There is guaranteed to be one there for every Croco member under the sun!


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