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Around the world from Kyoto to Kalamazoo, thousands of people are already playing poker online for both fun and real money. Web sites offering both cash games and gratis play-money games are sprouting in regulation-friendly countries in the Caribbean and Central America and in far-flung places like Asia and Australia.

Are you ready to make the leap from "in-the-flesh" battle of the felt to virtual table Internet poker for real money? Take our quick quiz to find out! Answering "yes" to even one of the following questions will tell you you're at least ready to consider a cyberspace ante or blind:

Do you already have experience playing poker in a casino or card room setting, or in a long-running home games? (If you're a rank beginner, you're not ready to play for cash online, but you may benefit enormously from the free play-money preparatory games offered at many established Internet cash games sites. Therefore, don't be discouraged if your answer to this question is "no. ")
Are you comfortable doing things on the Internet you once did only in person, such as making new friends in chat rooms or forums? What about more complex tasks such as banking or shopping? (If you're computer literate and already making purchases or doing financial transactions online for business or pleasure, you're ready for play-money games and will quickly be ready to test your mettle in small limit online cash games as well.)
Are you allergic or otherwise adverse to cigarette smoke, erratic ventilation systems, noise, or other physical conditions prevalent in casinos and many home games?
Do you consider any of the following behaviors prohibited by most casinos to be an essential part of poker: Smoking cigars; playing shirtless (or without any dress code whatsoever), or indulging in whatever vulgar or animalistic utterances spew from your mouth when your opponent makes a one-out draw?
Would you prefer having invisible (but highly competent) dealers and cashiers to handle all aspects of money and chips, including tracking pots and verifying change, rather than make necessary calculations and handle germ-laden chips and bills yourself?
Are you a multitasking Type A who'd like to spice up the workday by combining a live poker games with spreadsheets, routine correspondence, lines on hold, frustrations of incompetent office help, and other aspects of the daily grind? Or merely a Type A wannabe who'd simply like to squeeze in a few rounds of stud during lunch hour or when the boss isn't looking?
Conversely, are you a Type B or confirmed couch potato for whom home-delivered pizza, remote-control access to favorite sitcoms, and the most lenient of dress codes are obligatory before you'll ante up?
Do you live too far from a real casino, card room, or juicy home games to justify the flight or drive?
Is your favorite games, such as hold'em or stud or Omaha, unavailable in your area? Or if it is, has the easy money dried up to the extent that the games is but a futile stroll in a rock garden?
Are you troubled by rude opponents, those who seem to live at the poker table and rarely bathe, pests who ask for a deck change every round, or space hogs who always seem to have their elbow in your chips or a knee slanted sideways into your turf?
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