Why play online poker

Playing online poker is easy, entertaining and can be hugely profitable. It is important to however, know the rules and regulations of the game as well as the difference between online and offline poker All you need to play online poker is a computer and an internet connection. Then you download an online poker client program from one of the online poker rooms, sign-up, transfer your money to your newly created account and viola, you are ready to start playing.

The popularity of online poker has endured that it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can always find someone to play against as thousands of real opponents are waiting for an online challenge. Online poker is also played with real money and thus very similar to offline poker, only with better accessibility, ease and convenience. Moreover, the amount of people playing online poker is much more impressive than in casual poker. Since the advent of online poker in 1998, player traffic in online poker rooms has increased more than thirty times with a yearly turnover being more than one billion dollars.

There is still some ambiguity on cyber laws as far as online poker is concerned. Although it is not legal to establish an online gaming company, for example in the United States, no private individual has yet been charged for playing poker online. Since establishing online gambling companies is illegal in US, all poker rooms operate outside the United States. For non-US residents, there is no such problem since gambling online is allowed in most of the European countries.

So what makes online poker so popular? First of all, it is the saying that goes: “Any two cards can win”, which means that anybody can beat everyone, in a game of poker. Along with luck, skill and speed are important contributors to winning in poker. However, when, at the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) in 2003, Chris Moneymaker, an amateur poker player, won the World Champion title, it amply proved that luck remains almost as important as player’s skill.


One Response to “Why play online poker”

  1. Doyle Lvl1 Apprentice on December 20th, 2009 3:14 pm

    You forgot a very good reason: because it’s plain fun!

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