Improve Your Experience
Online poker has become more and more popular over the years. More people signed up and played poker online in 2006 than ever before. An industry now worth over $6 billion USD provides many with the excitement and thrill of playing poker, from the comfort of their home.
No longer do people have to frequent seedy clubs or smokey rooms to join in the thrill of the game. Poker games provide all the requirements at the touch of a button. There is also one additional element that is added when you play online, and that is the implementation of fraud detection, something which does not occur in a land-based poker game.
Online poker has allowed people of all age groups and skill levels to join in. It is a game which is easy to participate, as online poker has removed the fear of failure, as you are able to sign-up and remain anonymous to those you are playing against, while still able to practise and improve your ability to play.
One of the reasons why online poker (along with other online casino or bingo games) has grown so rapidly over recent years is the improvements made to broadband technology coupled with a reduction in cost to speed ratio, when signing up with an internet service provider (ISP).
Many people who have been playing online poker have been playing for many months or even years. They probably started on a dial-up connection with 56kbps. This meant that not only would the poker site load slowly, but also that their game was prone to losing connection and their frustration was likely to ever increase.
Now, with speeds up to 8mbps available with companies likes BT, not only poker operators but poker players themselves are starting to see the benefits of changing to a new internet service provider. No longer do they have the frustration of waiting for the site or game to download and no more do they experience the level of disconnection as with a dial-up.
This has improved the overall poker experience tenfold. Some players are even playing with two, three or four sites open at one time, as they try to maximise the profit playing on multiple tables from multiple poker networks. This would not have been possible before high-speed broadband became available.
But with the complexity of broadband packages available, how does one know whether to change to a new service provider and if so, which one to choose.
Firstly you should perform a test on your broadband connection. While some providers promise 2, 3 or even 8mbps, the distance of your house from the exchange has a major impact on your connection. Line attenuation (reduction in signal over increased length of cable) is responsible for this slow speed. Also, some service providers who promise high speeds deliver these only to new customers, leaving existing customers without the benefits. Perhaps even ask a neighbour who has ADSL to see if their connection with their provider is any better.
Try thinkbroadband.com, an internet monitor which provides a testing option. If available, make sure you select to test from a server near you for a more accurate response.
Many poker players are happy with a 1mbps connection but benefits can be gained by moving to a 2 or 3mbps connection and indeed by changing to a new internet provider. This is one area of technology where loyalty does not pay. If you have been with the same internet provider for over a year without your speed being upgraded, consider getting in touch to gain an upgrade or make a switch.
Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, will next month release new regulations obliging internet service providers to provide a migration authorisation code to help you switch providers more efficiently.
Consider also moving to a smaller independent provider. The likes of Orange, Talk Talk and AOL have shown to be rated poorly for the common factors like reliability, speed and customer service. Only BT and NTL Telewest have proven top for these factors amongst the large organisations. Smaller providers likes Zen (who came top in a recent poll) and Madasafish are deemed to be two quality internet providers and are definitely worth a call.
Whoever, you choose, you can be sure that the benefits of playing with a fast broadband connection will improve your experience. Being able to load graphics quickly, download games quickly and event connection to two, three or four sites simultaneously will give you an even greater poker thrill that you are already experiencing.
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