Why poker?

There are many reasons to play poker. Some people play for fun, others love the competitive element. However, the most frequently mentioned motive is money. There is no better feeling than starting the day with $ 200 and seeing your money grow to $ 900 – unless you win more money, of course. The only problem is that you actually need to be able to win in order to get cash.

The first step is to choose the poker variant that suits you best. That does not mean that you will have to play the same game for the rest of your life, but it is very important to initially specialize yourself in one variation. Most players start with Texas Holdem. Other popular versions are Omaha and 7 Card Stud, but the chances are that these variants attract much stronger opponents. They are also not as popular as Texas Holdem, which means it is harder to find really good games.

Once you have chosen a variant it becomes time to master the rules. This doesn’t have to take long if you do your homework upfront. Once you have become acquainted with the basics it is time for you to find the right poker room. This can make or break everything. Make sure to choose a solid website with honest and reliable rakes.

Online Poker Becomes A High Stakes Game for US Players

Last week on Bloomberg TV John Pappas, the Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance told US viewers that the chances of the Harry Reid Online Poker Bill being passed, before Congress goes over to Republican control early in 2011, would have to be a “Christmas miracle’. This was during a four minute documentary segment entitled “The High Stakes of Internet Poker”.

Pappas believes that congress is missing a valuable “window of opportunity” and to get this bill passed sooner than later would be best – but that 2011 is going to have to be their next best venue. Legalizing and regulating internet poker has featured big in the news in recent times and the US appears to have no sense of urgency with regards to this form of gambling entertainment. In the meanwhile billions of dollars worth of online poker chips flying across the Atlantic and into the pockets of offshore (supposedly illegal”) operators. It is believed that Reid wished the language of the bill to coincide with the tax relief act, which has already been signed into law by President Barack Obama. The “lame duck” session of congress expired last Friday and at that time the question of gays in the military was still being tackled.

When Congress switches to Republican Control in January 2011, members who have taken a pro-online gambling position lose their power. Barney Frank who is pro-gambling as well as chairman of the Financial Services Committee may just have his hands tied.

With the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) back in 2006, the Federal Government attempted to put protections in place which would prohibit online gambling in its enterity – this has not happened. Although there are many operators who in deference to the Act, do not offer services to US online gamblers, online poker players alone in the US, number at approximately 15 million! Pappas expressed the concern that since the passing of UIGEA, more Americans than ever before are still playing these games and any income that may have ordinarily passed into government coffers is in fact enriching offshore operators. He said that he cannot understand the reluctance, whether Republican or Democrat, not to have online poker legalized without any further ado.

Online poker will not be lost in the political fray, because there are so many US residents playing this game, and more coming online every day. Apart from the fact of revenues and tax revenues that this activity creates, there is also the job creation aspect which is vitally important. Month-on-month the US employment rate was still rising and offering online poker and other gambling games will eventually create a wide range of high-paying, high-tech jobs.

Poker is a numbers game, it is also a game of skill in which the player many win without a winning hand; or choose to lose if the player deems this would benefit them more. The chips for the US Government are down on this game and they have been dealt a winning hand – are they really so egotistical that they would seriously choose not to play these hole cards?