Poker has been a popular game for a long, long time. And with the popularity of the internet over the last decade or so, poker has found its way online. Some purists will say that poker is meant to be played face-to-face, and that online poker is missing a critical element to the game, but for players who truly love the game, online poker can be just as entertaining as real life poker, if not more. In fact, online poker can even offer a few benefits that you cannot get from the game in real life. These benefits include:
You Can Smoke And Drink If You Want – Since you are playing online poker from the comfort of your own home, you can drink whatever you want, and you can smoke if you so choose. This is an advantage as many casinos do not allow you to smoke anymore since indoor smoking has been banned in several states. For some people, this may mean the ability to fully relax and concentrate on the game which will allow them to play their best.
Some Online Casinos Give Sign-up Bonuses – Some online casinos and poker rooms will give you sign-up bonuses just for opening an account. For example, if you deposit $500, you may actually get $550 in your account at a casino that offers a 10% sign-up bonus. You will not find a physical casino that will give you a bonus on your account, and it’s not likely that playing with your friends in your living room will, either.
Music – Since you play online poker in your own home, you can fully control the environment, and this means you can listen to whatever music you want. At a casino you are forced to listen to the constant jingle of the slot machines and the hustle and bustle of people walking by. This can break your focus and concentration and cause you to not make the best decisions in your game. When playing online poker at home, you can pay whatever music you want in the background, or even none at all! Maybe you have a favorite song that pumps you up, or maybe you like to listen to classical music or relaxing ambient music because it helps you concentrate.
Strategy – While playing in an online room, you can keep a poker strategy book on your desk, or have a strategy website up in another window. Try finding a casino that will let you bring your laptop to the table to consult in mid-game.
There is a reason that online play continues to grow in popularity every day, and it has to do with the freedoms that playing online allows you that you cannot find in a casino. In fact, it is not surprising to find someone who enjoys playing online more than playing in person. If you are a purist who believes that poker should only be played in person, hopefully the concepts presented in this article have caused you to reconsider.