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Do you find yourself annoyed by the inevitable delays in real casinos - the time consumed waiting for a table or better table, the obligatory dealer shifts and financial tallies, disputes requiring floor intervention, and run-of-the-mill time-hogs like the dealer's duties of dividing pots, making change, verifying raises or re-raises, and tabulating all-in side pots?
Would you like to find a game where you can skip to king the dealer without nominating yourself for jerk Dom?
Would your husband, wife, or significant other tolerate your poker passion more easily if you never had to leave the house. and could even participate in routine conversations, babysitting, or chores without missing a hand?
Are you infirm or bedridden through age, accident or illness? Saddled with small children, elderly parents, or a business that keeps you housebound? Or simply a misanthropic introvert who loves poker but hates company?
Would you - for whatever reason - like to play poker in total anonymity without donning a disguise, in an environment where all your opponents see of you is a generic icon or cartoon caricature or as deceptive a photograph as you'd care to submit, accompanied by a made-up pseudonym or "handle" that protects your identity?
On the other side of the coin, would you enjoy playing poker against opponents who may be anywhere in the world, whose only tells are deceptively unnatural pauses or accelerations in action, and whose true identities are likely to remain unknown to you?
Have friends said you exhibit costly tells (unconscious physical or verbal mannerisms giving opponents clues to your holdings) in face to-face play?

Would you like the opportunity to play in more than one games or tournament at a time?

If you've answered yes to any or some of the above, you're at least ready to consider playing poker online. But wait - here are just a few more questions:

Are you reluctant to give out personal and financial information online? (Though there are ways you may deposit funds at Internet poker sites without giving out a credit card or bank account number, it slows the start-up procedure considerably, and you'll still be required to give your actual name and a mailing address for taking cash-outs.)
Are you concerned about being cheated or swindled in online games through collusion, hacking, programming glitches (unintentional or otherwise), or access to your financial records?
Are you concerned that you may wind up a victim of financial malfeasance or outright fraud if the online casino suddenly files for bankruptcy, has its funds frozen by court order, or simply disappears overnight - taking your money with it?
Are you concerned about the legality of playing online for money?

If you've answered yes to any or all of the last four questions (19-22), you have concerns that must be addressed before you pony up your hard-earned dollars in an Internet poker games. To explore those concerns, see in: "Signing up and Buying In, "Guaranteeing Yourself an Honest games," and "Internet Poker and the Law.

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