Most poker players prefer to see and face their opponents, not only for social reasons, but also to gain valuable tactical information from their facial expressions and demeanor (“tells”). Nevertheless, it’s very convenient to step over to your home computer and minutes later be involved in a hot online poker game. And now, not only can you play live poker at almost any limit, you can also readily find either minitournaments (one-table) going around-the-clock or regularly scheduled multitable tournaments with hundreds of players.
Although at first I was rather skeptical about playing serious poker online, recently I have been playing in lots of multitable no-limit hold’em tournaments, mostly late at night. You will probably find that these online tournaments are very good practice for the real thing.
In December, my family had a little Christmas gathering with friends, neighbors, and bridge players (overlapping groups), when I suddenly remembered that I had agreed to play in a RoyalVegasPoker $22 no-limit hold’em tournament in which there would be a cash bounty on my head and the heads of several other Card Player writers.
None of my guests missed me for the first hour or so. Then, slowly but surely, some of them gathered behind me and my wide-screen laptop and formed a cheering (jeering?) section. It turned into quite a show. Two of them were familiar with no-limit hold’em from watching the World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel, and served as commentators for the rest.
I had about $30,000 in chips, when on my $1,000 big blind I picked up big slick (A-K). It was folded around to the ****on, who raised it to $3,000. I frequently go all in with big slick when someone raises my blinds, because the hand is often hard to …