As players have been thinking, casinos are actually spots where skilled gamblers could make some cash. When gamblers reap no money, casinos will not survive, but there usually is a fair chance between the casino and its players; hence, it may or may not be right to say there is money in this pastime. As a tip, you might as well stop visiting casinos (whether land based or web based) if you feel as though your luck has left.In the past few years there has been a surge in gaming revenues, which is not due to more land based casinos being established in known countries but rather due to the proliferation of web based gaming sites. This surprising popularity can be accounted to the conventions and convenience that even the new gamers in gambling can easily catch up with the popular games.State of the art software and security technologyPeople are no longer afraid of gambling and are more open to engage in real casino experience with web based gaming that allows people to play from their homes.The state of the art computer technology allows simulation of the real land based casino experience. Even if you are used to experiencing action right inside a land based casino, you would still find the online version more convenient.Apart from convenience, profitable bonuses, chances at freebies, cash prizes and tournaments thrill more players, encouraging them to join. Various features are geared to beginners in gambling having free downloads to make it quick and fun. The edge of online gaming to land based casinos is the greater chance at winning because the odds favor players a bit more.Collision that frequently happens in land based casinos’ poker games never happens in online poker gaming sites. Encryption software technology, which is widely used in banking firms, takes care of the personal data of players.
Gone are the days when poker was played in back rooms by a handful of regular players. Now it seems as if you can’t turn on the television without seeing coverage of a poker tournament or instructional show. The media has jumped on the poker band wagon, fueling its popularity.Poker, particularly Texas Hold-’em style, is broadcast on major networks such as Bravo, ESPN and The Travel Channel. The Travel Channel reports that their World Series of Poker shows are among the highest rated in their lineup.There are World Championship games, tournaments and even a show where all the players are celebrities (regardless of their poker skills). The shows are hosted by current poker players, many of whom are very successful at their profession. The media coverage has turned many of these players into mini celebrities in their own right.One thing that is appealing to television viewers is that poker is relatively easy to learn. Most of the televisions shows have a primer at the beginning, explaining the different hands and betting procedures. So, in essence, a novice could sit down at a table and begin to play. Which is not to say they will do very well! A common saying with poker is “5 minutes to learn, a lifetime to master”.Part of the success in drawing interest to poker is the ‘hole camera’. The hole camera is a camera lens at every player’s seat which allows the viewer at home to see what cards each player is holding. This way you are able to see the action unfold and can learn from watching what players do. You may even find yourself rooting for someone to take a certain action, forgetting that they cannot see what you can! The hosts of the show will often explain what they expect the players to do, based on what they are seeing from how the other player bets, or reacts to the action. So you can actually pick up quite a few playing tips just by listening to the commentary.The television popularity of poker has spilled over into other areas besides television. Many casinos who did not offer poker before now hold tournaments. And retail sales of poker related items has surged as well. You can go into any large chain bookstore and see dozens of books on poker, whereas five years ago their might have been a handful. The sale of poker chips, home poker tables and even poker home decor has taken off.The internet has also taken a slice out of the poker pie. The increase in the number of online casinos has skyrocketed in the last few years, with larger businesses such as Party Poker or Ultimate Bet actually sponsoring players in the live televised tournaments. Many online casinos offer a free version, where you can play poker without actually investing any money.With the surge in popularity of poker, it is important to remember that it is gambling and can lead to addiction or even bankruptcy! There seems to be no slow down in the ratings for shows, so poker will be here for a long time to come.