Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Online Poker Still Alive in the US

Despite a last minute back door move by a few sneaky politicians in Congress, online poker is still very much alive in the United States.

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When Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act many of the online poker giants, such as Party Poker felt they had no choice but to cease U.S. operations. Still, other private operators like Poker Stars and Full Tilt, have announced that they are here to stay and will continue to do business as usual.

Business as usual? Not exactly. More business then ever, would be more like it! The companies that have decided to stay have grown by leaps and bounds! Americans have cashed out at the sites that have abandoned the US market and taken their money to the sites that still welcome them.

Here are some frequently asked questions of American poker players:

Q: Is it illegal to play online poker in the United States?

A: Playing online poker in the U.S. is not illegal and never has been. The bill, that was only passed because it was attached to an important port security bill in a shady back room deal, but does not make playing online poker illegal. It simply makes it illegal for U.S. banks to accept online gambling transactions.

Q: So, as American citizen, I can still play real-money poker online?

A: Absolutely. Some of the most popular and reliable online poker rooms such as Poker Stars, Full Tilt, and Absolute Poker are still open to US players. You can view a complete list of poker rooms still open to US players here:

Q: How come these poker rooms are open for US poker players?

A: Leading poker room's attorneys have stated that since poker is a game of skill, they can continue to offer all of its players - both inside and outside the US - with real money games.

Q: What is the best method of legally transferring money to and from online poker rooms?

A: While there are still many left, is still the best and most trusted.

Q: What can I do to help fight the online gambling ban?

A: I have listed a few things anyone can do to help keep online poker legal here:

Clearly, the online poker industry has changed a lot over the past month or so.

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Only time will tell which companies are standing when the dust settles and what the long term outcome seems to be for the online gaming business in the United States. But, one thing is for certain; Americans will continue to play poker and continue to fight for their freedom to do so.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

How to Win Poker Tournaments Online

With so many online poker websites now readily available for the general internet public I am sure they are mnay of us out there who are trying to make a quick buck and not just settling for the "free" poker rooms. The big question though is how do you win, especially if you have never done so before?

How to Win Poker Tournaments Online

Are you sick of losing when you play online poker? Do you know and feel that you should be winning? Are you having trouble understanding why you are not winning more tournaments? I am going to give you a simple formula to show you how to win poker tournaments online.

First, you need to be playing at a poker site that is not able to be hacked easily by the players that like to cheat. Yes, this happen, and more than you think. Players will use a hack to get into the software and it will allow them to see all the hands at the table so that they know when to play and when not to play.

It doesn't seem fair does it? There are three major sites that have pretty strong protection against this. They are: Ultimate Bet Poker(my favorite), Bodog Poker, and Party Poker. These three have the best protection and are the only places I play.

The second thing you need to learn is patience. This is the most important part of the formula. Learn to be patient and wait for the right hands. This will win you more poker tournaments than anything else I can tell you. Wait for prime hands and, then make your move.

The last tip I have for you is to stop doing other things while you are playing. Stop multi tasking during tournaments. Watch the table and the other players. Figure out what they are playing and how they are betting. This will give you an idea of how weak they are or how easy it would be to bluff them.

Use these tips to improve your play and you will start making it to the money more and winning more. There is no way you are going to win every tournament. Sometime you lucky and sometimes you don't, but these tips will help you give yourself more chances to become lucky.

You have it all there, a quick guide to winning online poker tournaments I think its time you get off your butt and start making some quick bucks, who knows I could see you next on the world porker challange...

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