Seibel, who works from home for Togel and plays mostly limit Texas Hold’Em at various Internet sites, is a member of the new breed of poker players who choose to play poker for money online rather than at land-based casinos.
This year, more than $1 billion is expected to be wagered at Internet poker sites, according to PokerPulse.com, which tracks activity at 21 of the largest poker sites.
Seibel plays at various sites — including PartyPoker.com. He likes that site because a lot of the players are loose, he says, which means he can make money. In the middle of providing that explanation, he pauses.
“Sorry about that, can you hold on?” he asks, saying that he is in the midst of playing poker online even as he’s being interviewed over the phone. “I’m in the middle of a good hand. King Queen suited. I got a King on the flop.”
About twenty seconds Togel later, he returns to the phone conversation to report that he won $32.
The allure of winning money by playing an age-old game on the Internet has pushed online poker, which experts say is legal to play in California, to the forefront of the gaming industry.
In January 2003, $11.1 million was wagered at the major Internet sites, according to PokerPulse.com. In October 2004, the monthly total reached $136.1 million, the firm says.
For some, online poker is a way to make money. For others, like Seibel, making money is good — but it’s not the reason they play.
“I make a lot more money when I’m writing software. I play mostly for enjoyment and fun,” Seibel says.
The online poker craze is largely credited to the Togel explosive growth of televised poker. And everyone familiar with the industry cites the same pivotal event.