INTERNET POKER FACE
His palms are sweaty and his heart is racing, but he smiles when he sees his cards.
"I can't lose this one", he says, with a big grin on his face.
Poker in cyberspace is perfect for anyone not having a poker face.
Johan Eriksson shows me his hand. A full house, queens full of jacks.
There are 260 dollars in the pot. Jack from Ohio just folded his hand, but Hans from Norway and Steven from Australia both called Johan's 20 dollar bet.
He shows me his hand again. "Can't lose this one", he says for the second time.
A click on the mouse and Johan is 320 dollar richer. He was correct , no one could match his hand.
We are neither in Las Vegas or in Atlantic City , but in a small one bedroom apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The battle is fought on the internet, where cyberspace is lightening up Johan's computer screen.
The internet poker room is called Ultimate Bet, the server is in Costa Rica somewhere, and the players are from all over the world.
"You have to be careful", Johan says, in the middle of a new hand.
Internet poker is twice as fast as live poker, so the money comes and goes just as quickly.
"Damn, he caught an Ace on the river", Johann shouts. "Lost 30 bucks on that hand. Well, well, easy come, easy go"
Johan started off playing poker at high school, but unlike most of us, didn't quit playing this great game.
He has since the high school days dreamt of watching the "big boys" play, so he bought himself a plane ticket to Las Vegas at the tender age of 21.
In Las Vegas
he discovered the poker game of Texas Holdem.
He introduced the game to his poker buddies in Danemark, and the game of Five Card Draw was dead and buried for ever.
Johan just returned from his seventh trip to The Sin City.
"It's the same routine every time", he says.
dumping off the suitcases, and heading straight to the poker room.
He never gambles in the casino. Just plays true poker, and spends the majority of his vacation time playing tournament poker.
To him, this is the best holiday any unmarried guy can have.
His goal every time is to win the equivalent of airplane and hotel costs.
He has managed that the last four times, but haven't won a big tournament yet.
His biggest dream and main goal is to play in the World Series of Poker.
Anyone, regardless of gender or nationality can play in the WSOP as long as they can pay the $10,000 entrance fee.
If that's to much for your wallet than there is another way to gain entrance.
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Playing internet poker
is totally different from playing internet casino games, where you only play against the dealer or the house.
Playing internet poker, you always play against other real poker players from all over the world.
The poker rooms, both on-line and in casinos, make their money from hosting games between players by collecting a rake for ring games, and a fee for tournaments.
There is absolutely no charge to
and participate in internet poker play money games.
In fact, this web site encourage you to start of with play money games. Not for the practice, but to get used to each poker rooms software program.
If you want to practice the game for free, than playing interactive poker on a
software program will be much more beneficial to you.