Online Poker Tournaments
After poker has experienced its big bang of 2003, more and more people started taking an interest in the game. While more seasoned players often used to enjoy cash games, and some go so far as to call it the only pure form of poker, tournaments have peaked the interest of general population much more. There are several reasons for this, but most importantly - tournaments feel much more like a competition, where the winner walks away with a lion’s share of a prize pool and the glory, and tournaments offer much more “bang for the buck” so to say, as your losses are limited while you get to experience a lot of poker. However, not all people have somewhere to go play tournaments, especially with a lot of participants and big prize pools, so the solutions to the problem came naturally – online poker tournaments.
Not surprisingly, the response of players, from complete amateurs to hardcore professionals was overwhelming. People just loved the idea that you could be playing from the privacy of your home, without hassle of long drives and dealing with all types of people you might run into in a casino, and at the end of the night, you could be getting up from your armchair tens of thousands richer. Even more appealing was the fact that online poker tournaments with fields twice as large as WSOP Main Event would be done in a couple of hours. What’s not to love about that?
Poker has changed a lot during the last ten years or so. Back when all the fuss started, there were barely any people who had any clue about the game. Nowadays, most people have read at least some books or seen a couple of videos. That said, online poker tournaments still attract the greatest variety of players. In comparison to sit and goes or cash games, which are often full of regs and grinders, especially on big sites, tournaments still attract everyone. Even people with close to zero experience sit down from time to time and give it a shot. They are a great pastime as deep run in any tourney can provide you with a couple of hours worth of entertainment – and there is still a chance you can win it, as long as you know at least basic rules. This fact clearly attracts all the good players as well, who know they have an edge over the less experience competition and just need to ride out the variance. A true melting pot.
Online poker tournaments offer something for everyone – new players can learn the game without risking too much, players with smaller rolls can take the shot at a big money for a small buyin, and hardcore grinders can make some serious money. The one common denominator is that you can do it all with just a computer and an Internet connection. And with big online series like different COOPS, FTOPS and similar even the best in the game can find plenty of challenge and excitement in the cyber arena.