The World Poker Tour has quickly gained fame in the poker community by offering huge prize pools, usually in the millions of dollars. World Poker Tour events have a typical “buy-in” of $5,000 or $10,000. These hefty buy-ins can deter online poker players from trying their hand in such high-stakes, highly publicized land-based tournaments.
The good news is that you don’t have to show up to one of these events with $10,000 buy-in cash in your pocket. Many major tournaments offer “satellite” tournaments. These satellites are often single table events and have a buy-in that is usually about 1/10th of the buy-in to the main tournament 샌즈카지노 . A player can win entry into the main tournament by paying the $1000 for a satellite event and winning it.
Following the lead of the World Series of Poker, many online poker rooms offer amateurs the chance to qualify for a WPT tournament by playing while playing online poker from home. Often times, these online satellites have a substantially smaller buy-in than live satellites (usually $10 or $25, but they can be as much as $100 or even $500). These larger multi-table satellites, give regular online players an inexpensive chance to qualify for a World Poker Tour.
If you want to qualify online for a WPT event, first determine the specific WPT event that you would like to qualify for. Then, look up which online poker sites offer qualifying tournaments for that specific WPT event. Several of the most reputable online poker rooms sponsor specific World Poker Tour events and it would be necessary to play at those online sites to qualify for a particular WPT event.
There are certainly differences between face to face poker and online play. And if your poker game relies on the advantages that can only be found in a casino or home game setting, online play might not be for you. But, if you can hold your own at an internet card room, you’ll find that now is a very good time to be playing poker online.
With the number of poker rooms growing almost daily, there is a lot of competition for players. And the number one weapon in that competition is money. Players can find the online poker rooms giving away free money in a variety of ways.
The first, and most obvious is in the No Deposit Bonus. This is free money that an online poker rooms give new players to use at their tables. The players do not need to make any deposits into an account to receive the bonus. It is a great way for players who want to test out the waters of internet poker to get their feet wet. You can spend time at the real money tables, on the house.
The second way to receive extra money from the poker rooms online is through a deposit bonus. These are commonly offered to both new players in the form of a welcome bonus, and to players that have played at the room before via reload bonuses. A percentage of a player’s deposit is matched by the poker room with bonus money. As a player spends time at the poker tables, that bonus money is converted into cash that can be withdrawn.
The amount of bonus money you can collect, and how fast it turns into cash vary greatly from room to room. But, there is enough bonus money out there that you can spend every hand you play in a ring game working off a bonus.
The ‘rake’ can be defined as the fee the poker room charges players (from here on out ‘poker room’ or ‘house’ is referring to a casino, online poker room, local card club/poker room, or a game run by an individual(s)). There are generally two different methods that are used by the house to collect the rake. The first is when the card room will take a percentage of the pot up to a certain amount. For example, they could take 5% up to $3 before they ‘push’ the winner their chips. How much the house takes and what requirements must be met before they ‘rake’ the pot will differ between online poker rooms and ‘live’ (not online).
The second method, and the one that will not be discussed in too much depth here, is what is known as a ‘time charge’. The house will collect a certain amount of money every half hour or hour from all the players playing. The time charge method is usually not used for the lower limit games, and even in the mid to high limit games, it is not always employed. From here on out ‘the rake’ is only going to refer to the rake that is collected from individual pots. This is the standard method that most poker players are used to and will be the focus of the rest of the article.
Live poker rooms can have different requirements of when they rake the pot and at what percentage. For live poker rooms the percentage is usually 10% and, depending on the poker room, can have a maximum of $3-$5. Some poker rooms also have a minimum rake that they take from each pot, regardless of the size. For example, if there is a 1/2 NL game and the blinds are $1 and $2, they might take up to $3 from the pot on the flop. This means that if everybody folds to the small blind, he/she calls the big blind, and the big blind checks, the house will collect up to $3 (depending on their policies), even though they are heads up and the pot only has $4. The house will then take another dollar once the pot reaches $40 (10% of $40 is $4, but they have already taken $3) and, if there maximum is $5, they will then take another dollar at $50.
Because most players realize that contributing $2 in order to win $1 is a tough proposition, most poker rooms will allow the small blind and big blind to ‘chop’. This means that they can both receive their blinds back if they both agree that it is acceptable. This has to be done before the flop and no other players can be in the hand. Poker rooms that do collect rake no matter how many players there are if there is a flop, usually have a ‘no flop, no drop’ policy. This means that if there is no flop, no matter how many raises or how big the pot, the house will not collect any money from the flop. It needs to be remembered that not all live poker rooms collect rake if there is a flop. This is sometimes regional, but can also vary from poker room to poker room in the same region.