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Online Poker Sites: The Truth Behind Them

October 12th, 2010 Comments off

Online Poker Sites: The Truth Behind Them

Online poker sites proved to be something of a wise investment for gaming companies, the internet in general allowed for much wider audiences to be reached and potentially for the players to play for much longer periods of time. Whilst casinos are contingent purely on visitors really attending the casino and betting with the rather limited numbers that this will entail, online poker sites allow for entire countries to be targeted which is a significant step up!


Online poker sites also have significantly less overheads than their physical, offline counterparts no need to worry about employee wages, fire hazards, security or any other such issues meaningless costs and hassle for the entrepreneur. Whilst it costs more money, payment processing and the security of the website can be simply outsourced to professionals, again allowing for the entrepreneur more breathing space. What can be plainly seen therefore is that online poker sites are a profitable and worthy investment which with some proper care and due diligence, will net the entrepreneur substantive profits.


Such positive promotion of online poker sites is required, because too many of them suffer rather harshly negative criticism which is often unfounded and unfair. Given the profitability of online poker sites many consumers whether out of natural cynicism or perhaps just being sore losers try and belittle the sites arguing that the online poker sites are rigged so that the house always wins. Despite the best efforts of the companies to allay such fears, the criticism and scepticism still remains.


The ironic thing is that what such consumers fail to appreciate is that because of such profitability the online poker sites do not want or indeed need to try and con their customers. This would equate to a small term gain which would be quickly outstripped by a major loss in the long run. If the online poker sites were found to be guilty of fixing odds and rigging the games, the hurt to the reputation and goodwill of the industry as a whole would be immeasurable and would mean a major loss of revenue.


Customers will not be very likely to draw a distinction between innocent and culpable websites, perhaps taking the view that if any online poker sites have not been found to be cheating, then this is a testimony to their cunning rather than honesty. In a bid to quell such fears, the government would no doubt have to step with some draconian, knee jerk reaction form of legislative policy which would be untenable, unjust, and end up being a sledgehammer to crack a walnut solution. Online poker sites want to make money, and plenty of it, so a long term guaranteed result will be much more valuable to them than a small term boost. The last thing the sites want to do is kill the golden goose.


Studies have shown that players at online poker sites tend to lose more often at the tables than in real life, and this is not because of rigged tables or endemic corruption in online gambling. This is due to the reduced inhibitions for the players, rather than cutting their losses, they carry on regardless and so end up losing more money. This is a personal fault, not an industry one.