When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.
Omaha Hold’Em poker, typically called Omaha poker amongst players, is a member of the community card poker family. It is a variation of the classic poker style that incorporates the unique element of shared, or community, cards into its game structure. In this way, Omaha closely follows the poker rules of Texas Hold’Em poker, a popular poker variation that also uses community cards.The objective of Omaha poker is to make a better 5-card hand than any other player at the table. The game uses one standard deck of 52-cards and can comfortably seat a number of players from two to ten.At the start of each game of Omaha poker, the player to the left of the dealer commences with the small blind. The second player then pays the big blind. Blinds are simply mandatory bets that begin the Omaha poker pot. The responsibility of paying the blinds shifts clockwise around the poker table so that all players will contribute to the poker game.After the blinds have been paid, each player is deal four cards face down by the dealer. These cards are known as a player’s pocket (or hole) cards, and must be kept hidden from other competitors. Each player must use exactly two of these cards to compose their final 5-card poker hand. Players can choose whichever two of their four pocket cards to use, combining them with three of the five community cards to make their hand.Following the first deal is the first round of betting. After betting, the first round of community cards will be dealt face up to the table by the dealer. The first round is called the Flop and exposes three cards. Players then bet again, starting with the player on the dealer’s left. Any player who does not want to call, or agree to pay, the bet, forfeits his cards and exits the game. All remaining players then view the Turn, the fourth community card. After betting, the last community card is revealed in the River. The final bets are placed, and remaining players then reveal their 5-card hands.Whichever player has the highest hand at the table wins the pot. The Omaha poker hand rankings are as follows: Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair, Pair and High Card.Once players have mastered the basic rules, learning how to play Omaha poker is best done through practice. People can play poker Omaha-style in a number of different formats. With an internet connection, players can play free poker or online poker for real money wagers in online casinos. Playing free online poker is a great way for new players to hone their skills, knowing that they can make mistakes without losing money bet. A free poker game even benefits advanced players who can work on improving their own strategies and testing out professional poker tips with the goal of developing the perfect Omaha technique.