How to Get into the World Series of Poker

So, you want to get into the World Series of Poker, the poker tournament of all poker tournaments. Well, the traditional way is to be well known and successful enough in the poker world to be invited. Once the domain of those who spent their lives traveling the poker circuit from casino to casino, the advent of the Internet and online gambling has opened up this exclusive club to a worldwide audience. Still, it’s not as easy as just signing up and logging on.

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It is possible, however. Take Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer, the winners of the 2003 and 2004 World Series of Poker tournaments. The aptly named Moneymaker had never really played the game seriously when he decided to pony up $39 to sign up for an online poker tournament at PokerStars.com DewaQQ. He blew away the competition and won the top prize, which just happened to include a seat on the famed World Series of Poker. As if that weren’t enough of an honor, Moneymaker dominated here as well, beating out several more experienced poker players and taking home the grand prize: $2.5 million. It was quite a splashy way to kick off a professional poker career.

Following in Moneymaker’s footsteps just one year later, patent lawyer Greg Raymer became the second World Series of Poker winner to get there thanks to an online tournament, another event at PokerStars.com. Unlike Moneymaker, Raymer had actually played in the World Series of Poker before, meeting with limited success. He’s gone on to translate his success into a lucrative poker career, and he continues to make a more than decent living from the game he loves.

While Moneymaker and Raymer may have gone on to actually win the tournament, they’re far from the only players to win a seat by winning an online tournament. Their victories helped fuel an explosion in the game’s popularity, attracting a new wave of hopeful players with dreams of huge jackpots to the table. Several online casinos offer periodic tournaments giving players a chance to advance to the Holy Grail of poker. Keep your eyes open and search around.

Let’s face it. We all want to make that cold hard cash in bundles. Perhaps you started an Internet business–or will start one soon–to just get by or get rich. Unless you have your own product, it’s to the affiliate program street for you. Is there a better alternative for the webmasters looking to get a taste of the action? Sure, those nice signup bonuses for getting players to an online casino look great at first. But, how much money are you losing in reality?

I should point out that for some, due to laws, affiliate programs are the only route to tap into the multi-billion dollar a year gambling industry. Heck, if you live in Washington State in the USA, you can’t even link to an online gambling website. Affiliates in that state can be charged with a Class C felony and get up to 10 years in prison–ouch. For the rest of us, affiliate programs just don’t make much sense. There is another alternative. It’s called White Label Gaming and it can make you a fortune.

Basically, white label gaming is like having your own online gambling destination without the need for millions of dollars in setup and bankroll to pay potential winners. When you setup your own white label gaming site, you own the actual website. All the traffic that comes to your domain is yours. What’s even better is the player information you keep. When you send traffic to an affiliate program, you lose all that player data–plus you have to hope the program is honest and their software is reliable. You could be losing players and not even know it.

There’s a lot of power in being the owner. Here’s another plus–player contact. When you send players to some affiliate program, they are at the mercy of the site you sent them to. If that site has poor service–or develops it–you suffer in the end, because that player leaves. When you own the site, you can interact with the players as you like. Many white label gaming owners create a special bond with players. The end result is players staying longer, playing more and depositing more money into your pockets.

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