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?
you like to find a game where you can skip to king
the dealer without nominating yourself for jerk Dom?
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
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?
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?
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?
friends said you exhibit costly tells (unconscious
physical or verbal mannerisms giving opponents clues
to your holdings) in face to-face play?
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:
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
you concerned about being cheated or swindled in online
games through collusion, hacking, programming glitches
(unintentional or otherwise), or access to your financial
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?
you concerned about the legality of playing online