I have a new addiction. When I gave up my life-long beer drinking habit, I knew that it would dramatically alter my afternoon routines. However, I never thought that I would replace sipping on a few beers with hours of playing poker online with a new family of friends. Pokerist has me completely hooked. It’s fun and addictive. It’s also a new way to meet friends and enjoy playing poker with players from around the world, in real time.
Every afternoon I look forward to hooking up with my new friends that I have met at the poker tables in the Pokerist site. It’s amazing how poker exposes personalities and social attitudes. Often, aggressive players tend to spoil the games for those that are just playing for the social experience. Clashes are not uncommon.
If you really want to sharpen your poker skills and learn how to take advantage of table position, aggression, intimidation, and an abundance of chips … there are certainly opportunities to hone your skills. Be prepared to take the heat, however, from players that are in the game for friendly enjoyment and a casual poker game.
You have an option to chat with fellow players if you desire. You may also turn off the chat feature or turn off the chat for selected players. You have the option of being unsociable if you prefer that style of play. I personally enjoy meeting new players from around the world. I believe that this aspect of the game is what makes the game extremely enjoyable and keeps me coming back for more.
You can register through your Facebook account (preferable for PC users), Xbox, or you can load the game App from the Apple/Mac App Store. The upload is free.
There is no real money involved in the Pokerist games. You are, however, able to purchase chips from within the game. The average price is $1 per million chips. There are also websites that sell chips at reduced prices, usually less than one-half the cost of chips purchased from within the game.
Sharing chips is prohibited and may result in temporary penalties such as limited communication and possible temporary playing suspensions.
Thus, albeit you are playing for play money, there is a potential cost involved. You are given an initial amount of chips when you register your user name. You may also win chips in the daily chip lottery, or receive chips from Pokerist after having a bad day at the tables.
If you are an experienced poker player, or a newbie, and would enjoy playing poker with others from all parts of the world, give Pokerist a try. You can find me at “462dave”. I have experienced an incredible bond with my new poker family from England. I enjoy sharing my afternoons with the Doggett family every day. I am sure that we will meet in person someday soon, although we are separated by the vast Atlantic Ocean. The world just keeps getting smaller.