Online poker is undergoing a spectacular boom in popularity, a phenomenon that’s not been lost on uber-successful pro players like Germany’s young“poker millionaire” Dominick Nitche. In an interview with Forbes, he said:

“Online poker is doing really well at what I’d call “affordable high-stakes” and below. You can find fantastic tournaments on any site and often play for prize pools in the 6-7 figure range.”

Millions of people are now turning to poker thanks to online casinos, a phenomenon which raises two issues. First, not all internet casinos are equally trustworthy. Those seeking the best – such as the best NJ online casino – need to be discerning in their choices.

Providers like Resorts Casino, for example, opened a real-world casino in 1978 and have built on its success by developing a state-of-the-art online casino. Casinos like this, which are properly licensed and have stood the test of time, have “trustworthy” written all over them, even before you get to their top-tier casino games.

So selecting a trustworthy casino for your early forays into poker is perhaps the wisest first step to take. The second, however, is to make sure you’ve understood the rules of the game thoroughly. Thankfully, there are plenty of clear and concise beginner’s guides to the game online to get you started.

But one gameplay option stands out among the others for its sheer heart-pounding, adrenalin-surgingdrama: going “all in”. This is the seismic moment when a player decides to place all their chips on the table, setting a ripple of pulse-quickening tension in motion amongst the other players. They know that, should the move prove a winner, they lose, but if it misfires, its instigator goes down in flames.

When should this high-risk (but potentially high-reward) move be considered? The timid might say, “Never.” But there are occasions when it works spectacularly well with a strong hand.Here’s when it’s worth considering.

With aggressive players

 Played intelligently, it can sweep away all the chips of an aggressive player before someone else gets to them instead. And aggressive players have a weakness: they’re often deeply averse to backing down, even when failing to do so will result in oblivion.

On the flop

There are plenty of players with underwhelming hands who manage to limp on to the turn and river cards. A confident all-in move can eradicate this, salvaging an early advantage by blocking players with weak hands from clinging on until simple good luck hands them the cards they need to triumph.

As a bluff

 This is considerably riskier.You must use this against the right players (like someone who’s nervily reticent in card play and will cave very readily upon a dramatic gesture). Try it on a seasoned veteran, and it could well blow up in your face.

As a last stand

 Every poker player has been there; the point when chips are disappearing fast but, suddenly, a strong hand suddenly comes into possession. Hesitate for too long and your chances of surviving in the game evaporate. Going all-in here could save you.

Finally, never overuse this move. Do some more research using the guide above to work out the nuances of when it can be deployed to your advantage.

Don’t be timid. But never be reckless.