Online Poker Gambling Sees Tremendous Growth

Online poker gambling at casinos and poker rooms is one of the
fastest growing forms of wagering on the Internet. Fueled by
the televised tournaments seen on Travel Channel's World Poker
Tour, ESPN with the 2004 World Series of Poker (WSOP), and
Bravo's Celebrity Poker, the popularity of the game is seen
everywhere. A huge number of the qualifiers for the 2004 WSOP
gained their entries from playing in online satellite
tournaments for a fraction of the 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 on the weekends. Smaller land based casinos
are promoting poker tournaments in order to capitalize on the
growing trend of the game. Even though the cut for the house is
pretty slim, they report increasing revenues by the 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 of the upcoming poker stars are a lot younger
than in the past. This is because the years of experience
formally gained at the 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
of the 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 know the hand you have is
inferior to the one your opponents have." Plus being able to
play for free is also a nice way to learn the game which is a
feature that most poker rooms on the Net offer.

Learning the game is also becoming easier with free lessons at
brick and mortar casinos and also The Travel Channel featuring
review and analysis of poker hands on Wednesdays through it's
WPT Poker Corner. Viewers will learn more in-depth about what
they did not see. Discussions will go over the tells, the big
mistakes, and the bluffing made by others players. This is an
excellent way to learn how to improve one's game.

With the huge piles of money that people can win, more and more
are getting into the game of poker. The 2005 WSOP championship
for next year will boast a $6,000,000 first place prize and
anyone making the final table will be a millionaire. The 2004
WSOP winner turned a $600.00 entry fee into a massive $5,000,000
check and so many endorsements he quit his job as an patent
attorney. Visit our sister site to learn more about the
2005 World Series of Poker .

About the Author

Tom Howze is a webmaster for 7 sites that relate to online gambling, World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour events and updates. For more information, please visit 2005 World Series of Poker . He can be reached at for questions.