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What Attracts People To Online Poker?

May 9, 2008
Do a search for "poker" on the web and the number of casinos that come up is unbelievable. Casinos online compete with each other to provide the best games, including several variations of the poker game, keeping in mind the huge popularity of online Poker.

Online poker is a total contrast to poker played at the brick-and-mortar casinos.

What makes thousands of poker players play at these online casinos?

There are several advantages to playing poker online. For one thing, players can sit at home in their pajamas and play at any time of the day or night. They can wear what they want, eat, drink and do anything, and not bother about "casino etiquette". They can save on tipping too.

People who have played poker at offline casinos would know how slow the action actually is, waiting for the opponents to place their bets, observing the betting patterns and reading the opponents. There may also be times a player goes a few orbits without a real hand. Online poker is a breeze in comparison. It can be played very fast, depending solely on the time taken by the player for placing the bets.

Multi-tabling is another benefit that online poker offers. The ability to play at various tables or even different poker rooms at the same time makes online poker extremely attractive.

Even people who are not familiar with the game can begin playing online by going through the guidelines given in the casinos. They can even check out the game with the free poker games offered by almost all the online casinos, which can be played for "free money" provided by the casinos and not real money.

The tremendous growth of online poker has also been attributed to the fact that many top online casinos offer tournaments called "satellites", which are extremely popular. In these tournaments, online players can get entry into an online or even an offline poker tournament.
Several players, who gained entry into poker tournaments through such satellites, went on to earn the WSOP seats. This brings to light the power and influence online casinos have on people.

The only thing that may prove to be a disadvantage, if you call it that, is that the winnings cannot be cashed out immediately and most online casinos take a couple of days to process the earnings, as well as there being restrictions on the number of cash-outs per month.

Online poker has made a mark for itself and the convenience of playing online cannot be underestimated, with the surge of poker traffic to the online casinos increasing every day.
About the Author
Matthew Smith is a poker expert and has played many variations of poker. He offers is experience to new players with free online poker .
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