Online Poker Gambling Sees Tremendous Growth

Written by Tom Howze

Online poker gambling at casinos and poker rooms is one ofrepparttar fastest growing forms of wagering onrepparttar 125395 Internet. Fueled by repparttar 125396 televised tournaments seen on Travel Channel's World Poker Tour, ESPN withrepparttar 125397 2004 World Series of Poker (WSOP), and Bravo's Celebrity Poker,repparttar 125398 popularity ofrepparttar 125399 game is seen everywhere. A huge number ofrepparttar 125400 qualifiers forrepparttar 125401 2004 WSOP gained their entries from playing in online satellite tournaments for a fraction ofrepparttar 125402 large entry fees paid by others. Look for more players to enter 2005 world series of poker satellite tournaments for this reason.

Tournaments at land based casinos are becoming so popular that people are being turned away, with waits at some lasting two hours to get a table onrepparttar 125403 weekends. Smaller land based casinos are promoting poker tournaments in order to capitalize onrepparttar 125404 growing trend ofrepparttar 125405 game. Even thoughrepparttar 125406 cut forrepparttar 125407 house is pretty slim, they report increasing revenues byrepparttar 125408 number of patrons who play other games, buy drinks and food. It is also allowing them to attract new players which are mostly twentysomethings and women which expands their customer base.

It seems that most ofrepparttar 125409 upcoming poker stars are a lot younger than inrepparttar 125410 past. This is becauserepparttar 125411 years of experience formally gained atrepparttar 125412 brick and mortar poker rooms is compressed into months when playing online. College students watching Texas Hold'Em poker on TV have taken to playing at crowded tables on campus or online where they can take advantage ofrepparttar 125413 24/7 availability of other players when they can. One college student stated that "Being able to lie (bluff) and get away with it is exciting when you knowrepparttar 125414 hand you have is inferior torepparttar 125415 one your opponents have." Plus being able to play for free is also a nice way to learnrepparttar 125416 game which is a feature that most poker rooms onrepparttar 125417 Net offer.

World Poker Tour -- The Beginning of a Phenomenon

Written by Tom Howze

World Poker Tour high stakes poker tournaments started a revolution inrepparttar wayrepparttar 125394 game is viewed, enjoyed, followed and played. Even thoughrepparttar 125395 World Series of Poker had been televised for years beforerepparttar 125396 World Poker Tour (WPT),repparttar 125397 game of poker was elevated when "WPT cams" were placed aroundrepparttar 125398 table so thatrepparttar 125399 world could experience seeing what handrepparttar 125400 players were playing and become emotionally involved inrepparttar 125401 decisions that were being made. When you addrepparttar 125402 fact that hundreds of thousands of dollars are laid out onrepparttar 125403 table with watching a few "instant millionaires" being made at these events,repparttar 125404 world was hooked. But when word got out that anyone could challenge repparttar 125405 planet's top poker player for six to seven-figure piles of money, individuals from all over came out to take uprepparttar 125406 challenge.

The WPT is made up of a number of high stakes poker tournaments held in different locations all overrepparttar 125407 globe. They are open to anyone willing to payrepparttar 125408 entry fee, sometimes as high as $25,000 per seat. A person who wishes to enter any of these events can simply contactrepparttar 125409 casino hostingrepparttar 125410 event to do so. WPT CEO Steven Lipscomb startedrepparttar 125411 idea of televised poker events withrepparttar 125412 WPT cams on cable back in February 2002. The breakaway success of this idea spawned many similar ideas and has inspired numerous land based casinos that had closed their poker rooms after dismissing poker as financially not worthrepparttar 125413 effort, to reopen them. Today, on top of seeingrepparttar 125414 best ofrepparttar 125415 best in poker you can see millionaires, CEO's, rocket scientists , software kings, mathematicians, women and actors atrepparttar 125416 tables shoulder to shoulder competing to see who isrepparttar 125417 best. And on occasion, you can see an amateur beating a seasoned professional which sends out a resounding message that anyone can win.

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