Free No Registration Poker Games

By Lesley Henton
You, online poker, no risk, money
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According to gamblingfactsandfictions.com, "...winning money at online poker is impossible." They say that despite what real-money poker sites claim, because the house takes a portion of every hand played, you will always lose your money in the long run. If you don't want to take the chance of losing real money, but you love to play online poker, there are many free sites that require no registration and no real money to play.

Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold'em, your two private cards
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At thepokerpractice.com, you can play the popular game Texas Hold'em. You can choose how many opponents you'd like at your table: just one for head-to-head play, two, three or four. You can also choose the level of difficulty--easy or hard. Make your choices and you'll be seated at a table. Texas Hold'em requires you to make the best five-card hand you can using your two private cards, known as "hole cards," plus the five "community" cards laid out on the table for everyone to see. Each player begins with $50,000 in play (phony) money. The site has instructions on how to play the game, as well as tips, strategies and information on odds and probabilities.

Jacks or Better

Jacks, , a pair, Jacks
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This game on online-casino.net has the appearance of a video poker game you'd find in a casino. Jacks or Better is a variation on five-card draw. Here you're playing against the machine rather than other players to make the best five-card hand you can. As your cards appear, you can choose to hold the cards you want and click "draw" to replace those you don't. The game keeps track of your wins as credits, and allows you to double your money after winning a hand by trying to beat the dealer's card. "Jacks or Better" means that the only time you can win with a pair is if you have a pair of Jacks or better, i.e., Queens, Kings or Aces. If you're unsure what hands are winners, the game displays this information above your five cards. You can choose to bet between one and five credits; the more you bet, the more credits you'll win or lose.

Caribbean Poker

Caribbean poker, a popular game, cruise ships
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This is a variation of five-card stud, often played on cruise ships and in South Pacific casinos. You can play a free online version at standalone.888.com. After you ante, you and the dealer both get five cards. In order to "qualify," or play his hand, the dealer must have Ace/King or better. If he qualifies and has a better hand than you, he wins. If he doesn't qualify, you win. Or if he qualifies, but you have a better hand, you win. If you don't think you can beat him, surrender and he'll win the ante only. You can make your bets in denominations of $1, $5, $25 or $100 in play money.

About the Author

Lesley Henton has a journalism degree and over 20 years of writing experience. She belongs to the Golden Key and Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Societies. She's been published in regional magazines like "Brazos Family" and "In the Zone." Henton co-edited and wrote in the books "Discovering Greater Phoenix" and "Los Angeles: Place of Possibilities."