It is generally recognised that most new participants in online casino gambling tend to start gambling on the slots. Clearly these are usually the easiest casino games to play and require no particular skill or experience for new gamblers to enjoy casino gambling to the full. For others however it is the casino games of skill they want to play, and although blackjack remains the favourite starting place amongst many of these new entrants to casino gambling, poker gambling is gaining ground fast. Gambling on poker online offers a variety of games to choose from and the choices can be difficult for some of these new online gamblers. The popularity of community card poker is rapidly rising, and Texas Hold’em in particular has become the most played of all the poker gambling formats online and it is the format now used for most of the poker gambling tournaments around the world. You will find details of how to play Texas Hold’em, and all the other popular online poker gambling formats on our casino games pages, but briefly this form of gambling on poker requires each player to make a final showdown poker hand from two cards they hold face down and five community cards which have been dealt face up in the middle of the table and are available to all the players. There are several betting rounds during each hand, the first of which takes place when the players have been dealt their individual face down cards, and then a further betting round is held after each of the community cards have been dealt. It is the number of betting rounds which makes Texas Hold’em the most popular poker gambling format online, but new poker gamblers should be aware that large pots also carry greater risk. Other poker gambling formats available at most online casinos using community cards include Omaha poker, Red Dog and Pai Gow, details of which you will also find on our casino games pages. For those of you who may not be ready for the multiple betting rounds and potentially high stakes these forms of poker gambling entail, Draw poker and 5-card or 7-card Stud poker are also available at most online casino sites.