Monday, May 10, 2010

Basics Of Online Poker

Online poker is one of the most popular online gambling ventures. This game has managed to achieve cult status around the world, with millions of players taking to the various poker websites to indulge in a little poker. Online poker however, is a little different from regular poker and players sometimes find it a bit tough to make the transition from one form to the other. For players who are used to playing the brick and mortar version of the game, this article provides a little insight into the playing of online poker and addresses some of the concerns that players may have.

Many people who wish to switch to online poker are not very sure if the game is legal. The simple answer to this question is yes, it is legal in most places across the world, and there are some places in the US, where it is illegal to gamble. There is also the Wire Act, which was passed in 1961 that prohibits gambling over the telephone and in some cases sports betting. The question of whether online poker is legal however is still debatable, especially when the operators of the poker room are from outside the US. Keeping this in mind, it is probably a good idea to check if online poker is legal in the area where you stay, before beginning to play.

Another big problem that many people have is the question of whether online poker is secure. This is usually the case in most cases, although it is important to check the site’s credentials first. There are many sites that are audited by an outside agency (for example, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission). These sites are generally extremely secure and can usually be trusted.

The final big concern that many people have is over cheating. Like with most online games, there are a number of people who try their best to override the system and commit fraud. Cheating and fraud are probably the biggest concerns that online poker rooms face. In order to combat this, there are a number of measures in place, especially when you are playing in a reputable poker room. There are many poker rooms that reserve the rights to screenshots from your system during the game in order to figure out what programs are running in the background. There are also some limits on using the same IP address with multiple accounts. Along with this, there are a number of other measures that poker rooms have in place to ensure that cheating is actively discouraged. Players who are caught cheating in a big way are generally banned for life from the site.

Apart from these concerns, the game play and other protocol are generally the same, whether it is brick and mortar or online poker. Each poker room however, does have a different set of rules for their games and so players who are looking to indulge in online poker should read the rules and terms and conditions carefully before they start playing.


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