Online poker has been popular for over a dozen years. The excitement of playing poker combined with the convenience of the Internet makes online poker attractive to millions of people around the world. Want to participate in the action and excitement of online poker? Awesome! But first, I want you to know what to expect once you start playing online. This way you will never be confused.
ONLINE POKER IS NOT RIGGED
If you type ” rigged online poker ” into Google, you will likely find a gazillion forum and blog posts from bitter poker players. Let me tell you the truth about the legitimacy of online poker: it is not rigged. Online poker sites use a random card generator which is monitored by a third party organization. ” But my hand never stays in line .” False. Your hand holds as often online as it does in a live casino. It seems like you got so many bad beats because you play more hands online than offline. The more hands you play, the more bad beats are dealt. Believe me, I have also suffered a lot of pretty sick bad beats offline.
NO ONLINE POKER SITE HAS BEEN CREATED EQUAL
Unfortunately, there are some really poor poker sites out there. The good news is that you don’t have to play on these sites and we will never promote. But be aware that no site is the same. There are even significant differences between the best online poker sites. You need to find the site that’s right for you, not the one your friend likes. Play at a poker site that offers the games you love to play at the limits you can afford.
THE BEST POKER PLAYERS PLAY ONLINE, BUT MOST ONLINE PLAYERS ARE BAD
Online poker sites are full of bad poker players, and that’s to your advantage. However, the best poker players play online, but they are in the minority. Most 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 big pro, obviously) started playing online and converted a cheap online satellite into a buy-in for the 2003 WSOP Main Event. The rest is history.
THE UNITED STATES MAKES BIG TOWARDS NATIONAL LEGALIZATION
After Black Friday in 2011, online poker took on great success as US players no longer have such easy access to major poker sites. However, things are starting to improve. Nevada, New Jersey and New York have already legalized online poker. California could be right behind them. Things are improving in the United States. Many politicians are in favor of legalizing online poker. The game of poker will be stronger once the American states step up and do the right thing.
YOU CAN PLAY ONLINE POKER LEGALLY IN THE UNITED STATES
Poker players cannot be prosecuted for playing online poker. Online poker is not legal in the United States, but the only ridiculous crimes are committed by poker sites operating illegally in the United States, not by poker players. For example, the US government did not crack down on poker players after Black Friday. They attacked the operators of PokerStars, Full Tilt, etc. You can legally play online no matter where you live. Do not be afraid!