I am often asked by people interested in playing poker where they ought to play online or offline? It’s an intriguing question. I can make a great case for both. I got my start playing poker at a casino back in 2003. The main reason I did was because, at the moment, I was not aware of how popular online poker websites had become. I didn’t know a lot about poker generally. Looking back on things, I wish I had gotten my start online. Why? There are many reasons, including:
Online poker has been popular for at least a dozen years. The excitement of playing poker combined with the ease of the Internet makes online poker attractive to millions of people globally. Want to get in on the action and excitement of online poker? Great! But first, I want you to understand what to expect as soon as you get started playing online. That way, you will never be confused.
1. ONLINE POKER IS NOT RIGGED
If you type “online poker rigged” in Google, then you’re probably going to find a gazillion forum and blog posts from sour poker players. Allow me to tell you the facts about online poker’s validity: it isn’t rigged. Online poker websites use a random card generator that’s tracked by a third party organization. Your hand holds up just as frequently online as it does in a live casino. It just seems like you are handled so many bad beats as you play more hands online than offline. The more hands you play, the more bad beats dealt with. Trust me, I have suffered lots of pretty ill bad beats offline also.
2. NO SITE WAS CREATED EQUAL
Regrettably, there are some pretty damn fair poker websites out there. The great news is you do not need to play on these sites and we’ll never promote them. However, you should be aware that no website is the same. There are even important differences between the best online poker websites. You will need to discover the website that’s ideal for you, not one that your friend enjoys. Play at a poker website that has the games you like to play within the limits you can afford.
3. THE BEST POKER PLAYERS PLAY ONLINE, BUT MOST OF THEM ARE BAD
Online poker websites are packed with some lousy poker players, and that is to your advantage. However, the best poker players play online, but they’re in the minority. The majority of the best poker players in the world today got their start online (Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, Tom “Durrrr” Dwan, Scott Seiver, etc.). Even Chris Moneymaker (not a top ace, of course ) started playing online and parlayed a cheap online satellite into a buy for the WSOP Main Event in 2003. The rest is history.
4. THE US IS MAKING STRIDES TOWARDS LEGALIZATION NATIONWIDE
After Black Friday in 2011, online poker took a huge hit because US players no longer having such easy access to great poker websites. However, things have started to pick up. Nevada, New Jersey, and New York already have legalized online poker. California could be right behind them. Things are looking up in the USA. Many politicians are speaking out in favor of legalizing online poker. The game of poker will be more powerful after more US states step up and do the right thing.
5. YOU CAN PLAY POKER ONLINE LEGALLY
Poker players can’t be prosecuted for playing poker online. Online poker is not legal throughout the USA, but the one ridiculous crimes are committed by poker websites that illegally function in the united states, not the poker players. By way of instance, the US government did not crackdown on the poker players after Black Friday. They went after the operators of PokerStars, Full Tilt, etc. You can legally play online no matter where you live. Have no fear!