Online Poker

Posted by on Sep 22, 2007 in Blog, Success | 0 comments

I decided to try my luck at online poker. First off, I love watching the World Series of Poker. I could seriously watch it all day. Well, actually I don’t like it that much, but I really do enjoy it. Right behind that is actually playing the game of Texas Hold-em poker. So I decided that I was going to use PokerStars since that’s what Chris Moneymaker started off with. Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP in 2005. He was unknown to the poker community. He won an online satellite tournament that gave him access to the WSOP.

A couple of days ago I decided to try my luck. I’ve been playing, and have a pretty good feel for the game. . .or so I thought. These are all the fees that I had to go through in order to get started playing.

$9.95 – Check cashing place charge for purchasing the MasterCard All-Access Card (when you actually need the Visa Card).
$3 – To pay for the card, this check cashing required cash. So I needed to take cash out of an ATM. The fee was three dollars.
($1 – if I was able to use the All Access card, they charge one dollar for each use.)
$5 – I then decided to use the service called ePassporte. They charged me five dollars instead of ten dollars like I thought.
(I lost all $105 at the online poker tables within 15 minutes. And whenever I won, the dealer took a chip or a percentage…I can’t really remember.)

If this is something you want to do, budget a 20% overhead for the amount of real money you want to play with. And another piece of advice is play as if you have less money, and the other person has a better hand. Ask yourself, what are the odds that they have a better hand based on the way they’re betting.

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