You’ve probably seen it by now. You’re flipping channels on the ‘Box’, hoping to catch some decent sport. ESPN, normally so reliable for the staples of sport lovers the world over, appears to be showing a bunch of guys playing cards. At least, that’s what I thought when first I saw the “World Series of Poker” on TV.
Of course, it only takes a couple of minutes of watching events unfold that you realize this is way, way more than just a card game. The professional poker circuit is effectively the world’s most televised table-sport, a sport, with its own accompaniment of superstars and celebs.
Like so many other sports, poker is awash with drama and tension and adrenaline fuelled moments. It’s nerve-wracking, edge-of-the-seat stuff and it’s no wonder poker is so widely televised.
Once the poker bug bites, there’s no turning back. It’s a game of tactical skill, psychoanalytical interplay and little bit of dumb luck. The more you play (or even just watch the pros play) the better you get. The better you get the more fun it is to play.
Poker is certainly not new, but it is currently enjoying popularity unlike any time before in its long history. For the most part, this is due to the televised poker events that have really caught on.
Further driving the poker boom is the expansion of the online poker market.
Online poker rooms have created idn poker a new avenue through which Joe Average poker player can indulge in his favorite card game. Previously the reserve of casinos and smoky bar rooms, poker, now more than ever, is coming into the homes of players the world over. All the interactivity and global interconnectedness that the Internet has brought to other realms, it now brings to the world of poker.
How does online poker work?
The first thing to understand, is that when you’re playing poker online, you’re playing against other, real people connected to the game via the Internet. This is different from video poker, which is the type of game you may find in a casino, where you’re playing poker against the machine and its software. It’s also important to understand the difference between a poker website and an online casino. With online casinos, players are typically pitted against the “house” and as is the case with all casinos both online and in the real world, the aggregate result is that “the house always wins”. That’s not to say none of the players ever win any money. For sure, there are regular payouts to players at a casino based on some percentage of the total turnover. I’ve oversimplified it, but essentially that’s the business model of any casino. The casino makes money by offering entertainment and the potential for players to win.