Online Tournament Poker versus Regular Poker
Article written by Tania Knudson
Sunday, April 26, 2009
How Tournament Poker Differs From Regular Poker
You have a lot of choices when you decide to play online
poker. You can decide where you will play and what kind of poker game
you will play. While Texas Hold'em is by far the most popular kind of
poker, online or offline, there are variations of that too. Decisions! Decisions!
Another important decision you will need to make is whether
you are going to play tournament poker or regular poker. Tournament
poker isn't just for the pros. Many amateurs play tournament poker all
the time; in fact they prefer it because everyone starts out with the
same amount of chips and you can stay as long as your skill or luck
allows, without having to worry that you are playing with someone who
can last a lot longer than you simply because they have more money.
With tournament poker, everyone has to buy their way in. Each
player pays a preset amount, which is called the buy-in in order to play the
game and everyone starts with the same amount of chips. Players are
eliminated once they lose all their chips until there is a winner. The
great thing about playing tournament poker online is that you can buy
into a game for just a few dollars; you don't have to have a large
bankroll to play, yet with many online tournaments, there are big
prizes up for grabs.
The most famous prize available in tournament poker is a seat
to the World Series of Poker, which many online poker sites give away each
year. Poker Stars gives away more seats to the WSOP than all the other
poker rooms together, according to their website.
Probably the most famous poker player to ever win a seat to
the World Series of Poker is Chris Moneymaker, the 2003 WSOP champion. Not only did he win his seat,which normally sells for $10,000, but he won the main event as well,
which netted him more than $2 million. Since then, ordinary players
have believed that they, too could win their way to fame and fortune
playing online poker. Since Moneymaker only invested $40, it stands to
reason that any ordinary Joe can do the same.
When you play poker online and you don't have a large
bankroll, consider playing in online tournaments. Often, there are many
levels of prize winners so you don't have to be number one to win a
prize and you can learn a lot about online tournaments from the various
poker sites. Hone your skills and you could be the next WSOP seat
winner with a small investment!