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The Fallacy of Online Poker Gambling
Gambling Facts and Fictions: The Anti-Gambling Handbook to get yourself to stop gambling, quit gambling or never start gambling
Copyright © 2004
 by Stephen Katz
ISBN: 1418472409
Library of Congress: 2004094023
The Fallacy of Online Poker Gambling
Online poker is rapidly becoming one of the most popular gambling games at gambling websites on the internet. The main reason for this popularity is the belief that it is a game of skill in which money could be won. This belief is a fallacy. Skillful play will never help gamblers to win money at online poker because winning money at online poker is impossible.

Online poker is a game of skill only to the extent that skillful play would allow gamblers to lose their money slower. Money could temporarily be won in the short-run. In the long-run though, the gambling "house" which operates the gambling website, will permanently win all the money from all of the players. With a fast played game such as poker, the short-run quickly becomes the long-run when playing enough hands. Each hand played whether winning or losing any particular hand, slowly disintegrates the bankroll of every gambler. There is not anything that gamblers can do to save their bankrolls except to never play online poker.

The top poker players in the world do not play poker at gambling websites. Some top poker players may say they do only because of getting paid for endorsements. These top poker players know they can beat the other players, but that they cannot beat the house. There is not anybody on the face of this earth who can make money playing online poker. Even the worldís best poker player will never be good enough to overcome the "rake" which is the house cut from each pot.

"It takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master" is a phrase used by some gambling website promoters to describe the poker game of Texas Holdem. This phrase is true when playing against other poker players if there is not any rake. But this phrase is false for online poker because of the rake involved. Gambling house promoters know this phrase is false for their poker. Yet they keep parroting this phrase to fool you into thinking that even though you keep losing money at their website, that one day you could "master" Texas Holdem and then start making money. This phrase for online Texas Holdem should be corrected to truthfully state, "It takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to lose money."

Here is an example of how the gambling house will always win all the money from all of the players. Five players sit-in on an online poker game each with a $20 bankroll for a total at the website table of $100. Letís say the average pot is $10 and the rake is 5% or 50 cents per hand. Letís say 200 hands are played which does not take that long. After 200 hands, that 50 cents rake per hand totals $100 which is the entire amount that all of the players started with at the website table. Of course not all of the players go broke at the exact same time and fresh money can come into the game. But sooner or later each gambler will eventually lose their $20 bankroll every time without exception. If bringing in $20 more, that will also eventually be lost. Every amount brought in will eventually be lost through continued play. Those are the facts in a nutshell. Any honest mathematician, statistician, or numbers expert who understands the game of poker, would not dispute the example in this paragraph.

Now knowing that money cannot be won playing online poker, here are three more nails in the online poker coffin so that this complete waste of your money, time and life can be buried:

1. How do you know the other online poker players are real? You could be the only real player at the website table with the rest being software program players which would be programmed so that you could not possibly win even in the short-run.

2. How do you know the cards are a randomly dealt deck? You would eventually lose your money anyway even with a randomly dealt deck. However some gambling houses do not want to wait that long to fleece you out of your money. The cards could be rigged in any which way to assure that you will lose quicker. They can easily rig any hand. For instance you could have four kings on the flop but a software program player gets a fourth ace at the river to beat you.

3. How do you know a gambling website can be trusted with your bank account and credit card information? Without your knowledge, they can easily clean out your bank account and max out your credit card anytime they wanted.  After they do this, even if locating them in their country of origin and getting them hauled into court, they could just falsify some computer records and claim that you gambled away the money. It is highly unlikely that a judge from their country is going to rule in your favor.

There are a good number of dishonest gambling websites out there just waiting to steal money from you. But even if you did happen to find the most honest, forthright, respectable gambling house that exists, it still is a money fleecing business which would be most happy to financially destroy you. Do not give them the pleasure no matter how nice their website appears to be. Do not give them the pleasure no matter how friendly their promoters seem to be.  Do not give them the pleasure for any reason.

These gambling houses along with their slick marketing campaigns are very clever at trying to influence you into gambling. Do not believe any advertising or information from gambling websites or other sources which state or imply that money can be made playing online poker. Do not let them fool you but if they have, then permanently delete their money fleecing software from your computer.

You have a choice to follow the guidance of this article or play online poker. Playing online poker will cost you money and quite possibly a lot of money. You may get addicted to it even if believing that could not happen. It very well can happen. Unfortunately, getting addicted to online poker has happened to many people. But even if never technically getting addicted to online poker, isnít it foolish to play a game in which losing your money is a certainty? Losing money is not only true for online poker, but for all other gambling games on the internet. There are not and never will be any exceptions. You are absolutely, positively, guaranteed to lose your money. Those are the facts. Do not allow gambling promoters or anyone else to convince you otherwise.

Please make the right choice, the smart choice and the necessary choice to never play the money losing game of online poker or any other online gambling game. Keep your money in your bank account where it belongs. Your money does not belong in the bank account of a gambling house.

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Attention players who received this link from an online poker forum:

Poker forum owners make negative comments about the above article and their "shills" in the forum, a number of which are made-up fictional characters who claim to be winning money, also make negative comments. But the fact remains that you will never make money in the long-run playing online poker.

You may not realize that online poker forums have a major incentive to entice and lure people into playing online poker. That incentive is huge commissions. It has been reported that some larger poker forums receive a 50% commission rate on the rake generated from their player referrals to gambling websites. These commissions are known as affiliate commissions. Click on the below link to better understand how poker forums are making these huge commissions off of your gambling losses.

The long term effect of the rake represents gambling losses from the players. So basically at a 50% affiliate commission rate, for every $1,000 you lose, owners of large poker forums are earning $500 from you. With enough players constantly playing and losing money from the rake, this can result in a humongous fortune for them. Poker forum owners will do everything possible at your expense to keep you playing online poker so that they continue to receive their affiliate commissions.

Link to an online poker affiliate program: This is just one - there are many others.

Look at the statement, "A player is considered yours for life once you refer them through a banner, or unique tracking URL, they sign up and make a deposit." This sure has a sickening connotation like parasites that want to keep sucking from their victims for life. If you want to trust and believe comments stated on poker forums which are making huge commissions off of your gambling losses, then that is your choice.

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The below article can also help to lose the desire to play online poker:

Winning in the long-run playing online poker was already impossible and now it is even "more" impossible. Carefully review the last paragraph in the article. Debate regarding an individual being able to win money at online poker is now basically over.

Note though while reading this article that there has never been documented proof from any reputable auditing firm that poker bots can make money. All poker bots offered for sale to the public have turned out to be money losers - each and every one of them. The bankrolls of these poker bots gets ground out by the house cut in the exact same manner as the bankrolls of human players. But when poker bots collude at the same table and know each other's hole cards, then the individual human players do not stand any chance of winning against them, even if there was not any house cut. The suckerís game of online poker has become even more of a suckerís game.

November 28, 2005
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