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Online Poker for the Aspiring Competitive Gamer!

veröffentlicht am 11.12.2013 - 22:38 Uhr geschrieben von anakintm

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Online Poker for the Aspiring Competitive Gamer 
It could be your best bet at professional gaming


If you want to try your hand at competitive gaming but don’t quite enjoy first-person shooters or real-time strategy games, online poker may be a good place to start. Poker isn’t as fast-paced as first-person shooters, and studies by Professor Ben van der Genugten showed that, contrary to popular belief, the game relies more on skill and less on chance.

To participate in most other competitive games, you’d need to belong to a team. In online poker, you can play as an individual, and not compromise your gaming style for the needs of others. Your success depends entirely on your skills and experience, and nobody can hold you back but yourself.

Thanks to Chris Moneymaker, the poker scene is now open to amateurs, and just about anyone can try their hand at the card game. In 2003, Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event, earning recognition as the “first person to become a world champion by qualifying" through an online poker site. This set the stage for the millions of people to get their start on poker through online poker sites.

This is where the beauty of online poker lies, as participating in online poker allows players to learn the game, and possibly go pro in the future. Online poker is no different from real poker, and making the transition from one to the other is easy. Professional Call of Duty players wouldn’t be able to handle a gun if they were sent to real war, but online poker players will be able to play masterfully if they’re sent to real poker tables.

 

Pius Heinz Wins 2011 WSOP Main Event, Image Credit: Audio

 

In fact, the connection between real poker tournaments and online poker is quite strong. Most tournaments now involve qualifiers through online poker sites. The World Series of Poker - the very same tournament that Chris Moneymaker won - holds qualifiers at Bwin's PartyPoker every year, closing the gap between professional and amateur poker players.

The best part is that there is still plenty of room for players who want to cash in on the online poker craze. Until 2011, German poker players had stayed quite low-key (with the exception of Marvin Rettenmaier, who’s won back-to-back World Poker Tour titles), but Pius Heinz changed all that when he became the first German to ever win a World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet.

The online poker industry is ripe for the picking, and players who are looking for a way to play video games competitively and still make some money are sure to enjoy playing the popular card game.

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