From Vegas to Hollywood: Online Poker Players are Today’s Hot New Celebrities

According to the new Celebrity Apprentice Joan Rivers, professional poker players are “beyond white trash.” But I bet you could find millions of poker fans who disagree with that assessment. In fact, poker is wildly popular right now and so are those who play it professionally. This is evidenced by the fact that professional poker players such as Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, Phil Gordon and many others have become famous beyond anyone’s expectations in the last decade.

This surge in popularity has caused many to try their hand, so to speak, at making a living playing on Internet poker Web sites. The results have been good for some and because of this many more people have become online poker millionaires. These poker successes are not always who you would expect them to be, because they’re often very young and not seasoned pros. But for every group of successful poker players, there are also plenty of people who are victims of online poker scams. Mostly new players fall into this trap, because they don’t know how to check a gambling site’s bona fides.

To make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to you, the following tips can help you assess whether a site has the potential to be a scam:

  • If the site doesn’t have professional-looking graphics and technology, play somewhere else. Low-quality construction could be the sign of a quick-buck artist at work or at the very least, a cash-strapped operator.
  • Determine whether the site is a member of the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC). IGC members agree to adhere to a code of ethics.
  • Don’t register with a site that doesn’t have 24-hour support with both a toll-free phone number and e-mail addresses.
  • If a site passes the first three requirements, do several small test transactions before you do any major gambling. These will reveal a lot about the integrity of the site.

Everyone has to start somewhere, so there’s no reason why with a little luck and a lot of practice you couldn’t become one of online poker’s stars. Just be sure to do your due diligence first, so any success you achieve won’t be spoiled by regret.