Common Misconceptions About Online Poker – Busted!

onlinepokWell, let’s face it. Online poker has a less than stellar reputation compared its real-life sibling. It must be due to the fact that you’re playing in front of a boring computer screen instead of the suave tables in a luxury casino. Or maybe because most of the popular poker players in the world today have made their mark on prestigious poker tournaments such as the World Series of Poker which has no online equivalent.

It’s seemingly lower status in the gambling hierarchy is the reason why misconceptions about online poker abound. This is quite a shame, since online poker can be as profitable and exciting as real-life poker.
Here are some of the common misconceptions that are unfairly attached to online poker (and why they are not true!):

1. Online poker rooms do not take to too kindly to withdrawals. If you withdraw your earnings, you’ll go on a losing streak.

If this myth is true, then it follows that people who have made a lot of money out of online poker will never go back to playing online once they have made their first withdrawals. But of course, we all know that this is not true; there are a lot of players who make most of their profits from playing poker online. Remember that online poker sites are always trying to find ways to make their patrons stay on the site, not shoo them away.

2. A player is bluffing if he/she is taking too long to make a move.

It makes sense, right? A person who is taking too long to make a decision probably has a bad hand and is mulling over what to do next. Those who act fast are sure of their hands and are pretty much confident with their chances.
But the thing about online poker is that you could never see the other players inside the room and have no way of gauging the subtle cues and nuances (i.e. body language) that can help you read what their next move is. For all you know, that person on the other end of the screen is multitasking, doing chores, or even playing multiple tables (yes, this does happen). There’s really no possible way with which you could tell if someone is bluffing or not, especially in the world of virtual poker.

3. Poker sites are rigged.

No, they’re not. Remember, online poker sites usually pay a lot of money to purchase their backend software from reputable gaming software companies (e.g. Microgaming, Playtech). The software from these companies have underwent stringent testing and review from third-party entities to make sure that they are stable, safe, and not prone to tampering or rigging. Some of the largest poker sites on the Internet today are also publicly listed on the stock exchange, and any news of them being rigged can send the whole industry to a devastating downturn.

4. I can win using online poker bots.

These sites often have various safeguards and systems in place that can detect whether you’re using a bot or not. And even if you did manage to use a bot during gameplay, they lack the capacity to make “intelligent” decisions like a human player can.

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