Friends often find it great fun to meet up in online casinos and play poker.
Card schools, where a group of friends meet at each other’s houses and play poker, have grown in popularity over the last couple of decades.
That’s because of the increased exposure that poker has got on TV, with televised tournaments – sometimes with celebrity players – attracting big audiences.
The programmes are really interesting, because you get to see what cards the players have and try to get into their minds as they decide whether to fold, bet or raise. Expert commentators give their own interpretations of what is happening around the table, and it has helped viewers to really understand how to play the game successfully.
Making the commitment to meet regularly, though, is sometimes hard if it involves everyone else travelling any great distance. You might have to be quiet to avoid waking the children, you might not have a big enough table to accommodate everyone who wants to play, and there are any number of other reasons why, these days, lots of people prefer to play their friends online.
It’s easy to arrange to meet up online. It’s something you can do just for half an hour, if that’s all the time you have available, and there’s no travel time involved so you can easily fit it into your day.
Although you can play in a standard card room, whether that be for fun or for money, it’s also easy to set up a private room where only you and your friends can play.
You can make it accessible for others to watch, if you like, but restrict gameplay to invitation only so that it replicates the feel of a “real world” card school.
It doesn’t have to be the traditional late-night game, either. If a group of you are available during your lunch hour and want to meet up a couple of times a week for a few hands, it’s no problem to set that up online.