Online poker is, of course, played as a regular poker with only one difference and this is the place where it is played. Unlike the traditional poker, the online one is played over the Internet. This, certainly, may have advantages as well as disadvantages but that will probably depend on a player themselves and on what they are actually looking for. One thing is for sure, however, and that is that the introduction of online poker resulted in an enormous increase in the number of players across the world.
The main difference, as already mentioned, between the two types is the place where poker is played. In fact, new players may find the regular venues for playing poker such as poker rooms or casinos slightly intimidating. Since casinos do not make much profit from poker, consequently, they do not promote it and they would rather replace a poker room with a number of slot machines which bring them very high profits. This is also the reason why traditional poker is more expensive than online. Not only are the players of online poker allowed to play for lower stakes, but they are also very often offered the so-called freeroll tournaments, freeroll meaning that the entry is free. This type of tournament is very convenient for beginners and for the not so wealthy players.
However, online poker can be more convenient for different types of frauds. One of the frauds that is especially popular is the collusion which is an agreement between two or more players. Nevertheless, online venues have very good systems for detecting collusion and traditional venues do not have any similar systems, which even makes the online ones safer. One of the many methods to detect collusion is checking players’ IP addresses and, for instance, players that are at the same household are prevented from playing at the same table.
Furthermore, another not so prominent difference between online and traditional venues is the rate of play. In fact, while in offline casinos a lot of time passes while the dealer collects, shuffles and deals the cards, it is not the case with the online poker. Thus, the number of hands pres our in online poker goes up to a hundred in contrast to as much as thirty hands in the offline.
As for the legality of online poker, it is completely legal and it is regulated by law in many different countries around the world. Of course, the regulations may vary from country to country and you should check the ones that are adopted in yours.
All in all, online poker has many advantages as well as disadvantages, and which one you want to play will depend on your own wants and desires. Now that you are familiar with some of the basic facts you may easily decide where you want to take your chances and try your luck and you may choose the type of the game that will best suit your personality.