We often comment on the huge range of casino gambling games we can now play online, and the effect that this has had on the number of people now playing gambling games at one of the many online casino gambling sites. Most of these new gambling games are of course slots games in many forms, but the online casino gambling sites also offer us the chance to play a number of traditional casino gambling games such as craps, baccarat and backgammon which have not generally been available in our real casinos. The biggest effect of the introduction of casino gambling online has however been the resurgence of poker as a gambling game of choice for many people. There is little doubt that far more people are now gambling on poker than ever before and even major poker tournaments such as the Irish Open are generally oversubscribed. There are a variety of poker gambling formats available at the casino gambling sites, but for serious poker gambling fans it is the Texas Hold’em format of the game which takes precedence. Texas Hold’em is a poker format which uses community cards and comprises multiple betting rounds which inevitably increase the winning pot. Each player is dealt two cards face down followed by the first betting round, and five community cards are then dealt one at a time face up in the middle of the table, each followed by a further betting round. The fact that each player has seven cards from which to form their showdown hand tends to lead to better hands, and of course multiple betting rounds lead to higher winnings for each hand. These are the two elements of Texas Hold’em gambling which appeal to serious poker gambling fans, but it also means that players need to stake more money on each hand even to get as far as the showdown. Any potential new poker player should take this into account before entering the world of poker gambling online, particularly when playing against other unknown poker players at one of the online poker forums.