David Paredes, 29, a Harvard graduate and lawyer turned hedge fund employee began playing online poker around 2004. "Live poker is much slower," Paredes says, comparing live poker with online play. "I can probably play 30 hands an hour live, whereas if I'm six-tabling online I can probably get somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 to 600 hands an hour."
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One of the most popular forms of online gambling is Texas Hold 'Em, a poker game where the bluff is critical. Here, we walk through the basic rounds of betting in Hold 'Em, where the key is to win the pot by having the best five-card hand at the table - or at least convincing others that you do. Glossary » Card Rankings »
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In the fall of 2007, rumors of cheating at high-stakes tournaments were rampant in the world of online gambling. After one particularly conspicuous game, Marco Johnson requested his hand histories from Absolute Poker after losing thousands to a player named Potripper. Fellow poker player Serge Ravitch explains the final hand of that infamous tournament and how it convinced many players of the cheater's insider strategy. Glossary » Card Rankings »
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