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Internet Gambling
by J. Phillip Vogel
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Subtitled 'How to Win Big Online Playing Bingo, Poker, Slots, Lotto, Sports Betting, and Much More ,' Internet Gambling consists of twenty-three engaging and descriptive chapters where Vogel demystifies and dissects all topics related to Internet gambling, including the history of online gambling, how to get started, choosing the best sites, understanding the various kinds of software available, the technical difficulties one might expect to encounter, managing money, and more.

How to Play Online Casino Poker Games

Poker is all the rage. But before Texas Hold'Em dominated the gambling scene, poker-based games like Caribbean Stud, Let it Ride and Three Card Poker enthralled traditional casino goers. It’sJ. Phillip VogelJ. Phillip Vogel is considered a leading authority in online gambling.  He has written for most of the major gaming publications worldwide including Casino Player, Strictly Slots, Gambling Online, Bluff, and many more. He is also the author of a series of best-selling gambling books collectively titled The Real Deal. He is the founder of online watchdog site at and currently serves as the Editorial Director for Poker Life magazine.  not surprising, then, that each of these games found a warm reception and alter ego in online casinos. Let's take a look at the basic rules and strategies for three of several of the Net’s most popular casino poker games.

CyberStud Poker

AKA: Caribbean Stud Poker

A popular form of casino poker developed more than a decade ago; Cyberstud Poker has taken a front-row-seat in most online casinos. Although its simplicity made the game popular from the start, it owes much of its current success to the drastic rise in poker popularity. The basic rules for the game are:

  • All players must make an ante wager according to the limits of the table. An optional $1 progressive wager is also made at this time.
  • The dealer and all players are dealt five cards. All player cards are dealt face down. The dealer receives four cards face down. The fifth card is exposed.
  • After looking at the hand, players must decide whether to fold or bet. Hands values are based according to traditional poker rules.   Players may not share information about their hands.
  • Any player that folds forfeits the current wager.
  • Any player that bets must wager an additional amount equal to twice the value of the ante.
  • After all players have acted on their decisions, the dealer will expose his remaining cards.
  • The dealer must have a minimum hand of Ace/King to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify, players will win even money on their ante and push with their bet.
  • If the dealer's hand does qualify and loses to the player, then the ante will pay even money and the bet will pay according to the table’s payout schedule.
  • If the dealer qualifies and wins, the player losses all monies wagered.
  • The optional progressive side bet will be based entirely on the standard poker value of the player’s hand.
Basic Strategy for Cyberstud Poker

Although the mechanics of the game are easy to follow, optimal strategy is more than a little complicated and is beyond the scope of this article. Luckily, there is a simplified version that’s both easy to follow and won’t lead to a drastically higher house edge.

First, always bet/raise when your hand contains a pair or better. Second, fold any hands that do not contain at least the minimum qualifying hand for the dealer: Ace-King. 

Slightly more advanced strategy involves paying close attention to the dealer’s upcard. For example, if you hold an Ace-King in your hand and the dealer’s exposed card is below a king and matches one of your other cards, you should bet. Other factors that you should keep an eye out for include the remaining cards in your Ace-King hand (do you have a queen as well, while the dealer shows garbage?) and the comparative rank of the dealer’s card to your remaining cards. 

If you need more advice, check out our other Caribbean Stud Poker articles.
Poker Pursuit
AKA: Let it Ride

Poker Pursuit is another common poker variant that is exceedingly simple in theory, with only a few actions taken during each round of play. The rules are as follows:

  • Play begins after each participant places three bets of equal size in the three wager circles marked 1, 2 and $.
  • Each player is dealt three cards face down. Two additional “community cards” are dealt face down in front of the dealer. 
  • Players examine their cards and decide whether or not to let the bet #1 remain or remove it from action.
  • The dealer then reveals one of the two community cards.
  • Again, each player may then let the remaining two bets ride, or remove bet #2. This action is independent of the initial decision.
  • Finally, the second community card is exposed and all winning players are paid according to the table’s payout schedule.
 Basic Strategy

The overall strategy for Poker Pursuit centers on the first four cards and the first two betting circles. It is here that the player must decide whether or not the cards warrant leaving any or all bets in action. The first decision comes after you have received your cards. Since you now know 60% of the hand, you can make some pretty good assumptions about the likely outcome. With these assumptions, decisions are made about the bets.

First Three Cards
Let all bets ride
Pair of 10's higher
Three of a Kind
3 card Straight Flush
3 card Royal Flush

Flush/Straight with
two 10 value cards

J,9,8/10,9,7/10,8,7 (suited)
Pairs 2-9
All Others

After a decision is made for round one, the game continues and the dealer exposes the first community card. Players must now make their next betting decision based on the new information and the likelihood of completing a winning hand. At this point, the playable four-card hands are:

  • Four of a Kind.
  • Three of a Kind.
  • Two Pair.
  • Pair of 10's or Higher.
  • Four Cards to a Royal Flush.
  • Four Cards to a Straight Flush.
  • Four to a Flush.
  • Four Cards to an Open Ended Straight.
  • Four Cards to a High Straight. 

These rules comprise the basic strategy for Let it Ride. Any hands that do not meet these guidelines should not be played, no matter how tempting or fictitiously attractive they may look.

Part 2 includes rules and strategies for 3 Card Poker.
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