Online poker for the smartphone crowd
Poker is one of the most fascinating sports to achieve worldwide popularity in the past ten years or so. It’s a deceptively simple card game, sure, but once beginners get into all the nuances of poker, they discover multiple layers of strategic decision making and intuitive game theory that are just waiting to be put into practice at the next game. While some may call poker a “game of chance”, this is a severely inaccurate misnomer. More accurately, poker is a complex game of skill and a real mind sport, much like chess. Poker is a surprisingly mentally gruelling sport that requires (and demands) hundreds of hours of analyzing and dissecting hundreds of hands through weeks, months, and even years of serious play. And of course, a little bit of luck goes a long way in this poker.
With smartphones, tablets, and similar mobile devices being so accessible these days, aspiring poker players who might not have the time or the inclination to head over to the local poker room to riffle and push a few chips around the felt-layered table now have a much better option on their hands – literally. Online poker rooms aren’t just limited to desktops and laptops anymore; nowadays, millions of poker fanatics who just need their Texas Hold’em fix can now take advantage of the high-definition widescreens of iPhones, iPads, and Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4.
For a couple of particularly dedicated (and very talented) poker players, all that time spent playing online poker paid off in the most amazing way: reaching the final table of a World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament and winning life-changing amounts of money. Norwegian Betfair Poker regular Harald Olsen (under his online username “MJAAAAAUUU”) finished in 22nd place in Event #59 for a prize of $20,499. Fortunately, since Olsen and his girlfriend Elisabeth Hille (a fellow Betfair Poker regular playing under her online username “Elsnikkus”) always split their poker profits 50/50, Hille now had enough cash to buy into the WSOP Main Event. As a matter of fact, the Norwegian part-time waitress performed even better than her boyfriend, as she eventually finished in 11th place for a significant $590,442. This historic and memorable run to the upper echelon of poker (from a complete unknown at the time, no less) earned Hille another completely unexpected reward: a new contract as a Betfair pro.
These days, Olsen and Hille still play their poker games online, in addition to several live poker tournaments around the world. Indeed, online poker has emerged as a legitimate alternative to the real thing.