They say poker is the card game of choice in the world. Poker’s popularity has grown over the past couple of years, and you’re seeing more and more of it on the television. When you think about it, poker must really be the chosen card game of the world.
Poker has become so big that celebrities are now associated with it. There are high-stakes games shown on TV to bring in big crowds. The largest permitted poker tournament in the world is the World Series of Poker, and as you might expect, the World Series of Poker has become the future of poker tournaments.
If you’re new to poker, you’re probably curious as to what the World Series of Poker has to offer. The $10,000 entry fee to the World Series of Poker may seem very expensive for a new player. However, when you see the World Series of Poker Management Center at the WSOP, it won’t seem so expensive.
There are many areas where the WSOP Management Center is extremely apparent. The WSOP Portal provides visitors and players with updated information on the latest winners. The Home section of the WSOP site contains a number of different advertisements — some interesting, some not so — to attract players to the site. The News section of the site also provides visitors with up-to-date news on the latest winners, winners’ terms and conditions, rake, bonus offers, results newsletters, and more.
You can play for free at the WSOP site. Of course, to do so you have to register first, and there is a period of waiting until you register. (You can also register without depositing money, but of course, you have to pay to register.)
Next to the Home page, there’s a Players section, which allows you to search for individual poker player profiles. You can filter results to display only players who have participated in a majority of the tournament; most filters give you a high level of confidence while allowing you to select smaller groups. There are also some advanced search options, such as by number of players who made the top 20 positions in the tournament.
The Records section of the WSOP site has table graphics of all the largest tournaments, and a Players’ Card section that allows you to view a player’s entire poker career statistics. Be reminded that before you take part in a tournament, it is customary to inform the tournament director of your decision. (One way of doing this is to hand your tournament ticket to the tournament director, and ask them to notify the tournament director that you’re taking part.)
The publicity sections of the site are particularly useful. Television and other media are always interested in poker tournaments, and the results are always the most interesting. There are, indeed, a lot of fascinating articles about poker tournaments, many of which I linked to from my other reviews.
The Poker section of All In is particularly interesting. The home page opens with a Alert! alert. (What, is an alert signal aButton on a video slot machine?) But the real meat is in the news and games sections.
In the news, you will find all the latest results, and they are updated constantly. (By the way, I have to admit that I like this latest one: “The final table began at 2:40 ET.” That’s 12:40 GMT or 2:40 p.m. EST, or 11:40 Mondays to Friday, depending on your clocks. This is slightly later than the original 12:40 mine, but I prefer the consistency.)
In the Vodka138, the site offers head-to-head Results, all notable events since the end of the last tournament (including the event’s main event winner), plus a weekly Odds and Outs report, actual hand histories, and a routinely updated prospectus. The Odds and Outs section is especially useful, because it compares pot odds at all pertinent stages during a tournament.
The site also offers a useful Register guide that shows new players the difference between their game and other players on the site. New players who subscribe to the site newsletter will receive a free set of/$1000 instantly, which they can spend as they see fit.
I also discovered some other nice touches. The site offers a forum where you can post your hand histories, showing readers how you play your hands. There are also graphs of hand histories, showing performance over time.
You can also play some quick tournament games – bracelet tournaments, heads-up andotation games. The latter two offer Tracker software that you can use to track what your opponents are doing, as well as advanced statistics on your opponents’ games.
All in all, a good site with some good features, good promotions and a helpful customer service staff. Considering the alternatives available, this is a good choice for a poker player. The software is easy to install and the site is committed to responsible gaming practices.