The Rise of Online Poker
Online poker has been around for almost a decade and the game continues to grow. Licensed poker sites process thousands of secure transactions daily and are monitored by government and financial bodies to ensure player safety and integrity. Players can play from their computers, tablets and smartphones with many different payment options including credit cards, e-wallets and cryptocurrencies.
The best online poker sites have a number of ways to help players if they are having trouble, from email and FAQs to live chat and customer service phone numbers. In addition, most reputable poker websites use SSL encryption technology to keep your personal information private and safe.
Players can choose to play at cash games or tournaments. Those looking for a quick and easy win can opt for the former as there are no commitments like a tournament. However, the rake (house profit) is higher at cash games. The good news is that reputable sites offer fair rakes at their tables, typically between 3 and 4.25%.
Some people choose to play tournaments as they are more fun and offer a great way to earn some extra cash. However, these events take up a lot of time and can be quite grueling. Tournament players can also find themselves struggling to make the final table and winning a large prize is not always guaranteed.
The COVID-19 pandemic saw a big jump in traffic at many online poker sites as both professional and recreational players reverted to the internet from live casinos and other venues due to their sudden closures. The industry has been reporting double or even triple the normal traffic in some cases.
A major factor in the popularity of online poker is that it allows players to play from the comfort of their own homes. The software can be downloaded onto a PC or mobile device and the game is played over a secure connection using SSL encryption technology. The game is regulated by the same bodies that govern land-based gambling and payments are processed in a similar way.
Online poker is also more accessible than ever thanks to a range of new features and technologies. A video platform called Twitch enables players to connect with each other and share tips with one another. Several top players have also joined the ranks of online poker ambassadors to help popularise the game.
Some states are far more likely to establish a state-supervised online poker framework than others. For example, Alaska is unlikely to introduce a regulated framework because it has a very low population and has long been against gambling with limited charitable exceptions. It would also have to negotiate agreements with other states for sharing player traffic in order for a regulated framework to work. Other states such as Nevada and Delaware are more suited to a regulated model.