Games of chance have popped up in just about every culture for thousands of years, so it's only natural that they'd find a home on the Internet. Despite the objections of certain politicians, online casinos and poker rooms flourish by the thousands.
Not all of them are honest parlors of friendly play, of course; there's no shortage of dishonest sites looking to take the money and run. The gambling and poker sites mentioned in this section are all large, established operations with good reputations. As for sites not listed here, remember that the Web is filled with sites that give "gambling" a whole new meaning.
Online poker is huge. Fueled by TV shows about poker and a general resurgence of interest in this very old card game, the Web-based version has sucked down countless man-years and millions of dollars.
You can find online poker games at several of the sites listed in Section 10.1.1, but most calculating cardsharps gravitate to one of the secure sites dedicated to playing for money.
Most professional online poker rooms require you to register before you can enter. Some let you play right in your Web browser; others require you to download special software (make sure your computer meets their system requirements before you do).
If you're playing for money, you must add a credit card or bank account number to fork over the cash for bets. Many sites also offer online money-transfer systems like Click2Pay or NETeller that you can use to get money to or from your ...