Online Poker is a game of strategy and luck that allows players to compete against others from around the world. It is a popular pastime for many people, and the game is accessible on desktop computers, mobile phones, and tablets. While the game is fun, it is important to play responsibly and follow good sportsmanship. Players should also monitor their wins and losses, and manage their bankroll accordingly. This will ensure that they are able to enjoy the game without financial stress.

A number of studies have explored how expert poker players develop over time, with some using qualitative methods (Bjerg 2011; Jouhki 2011; Radburn and Horsley 2011; McCormack and Griffiths 2012; Weinstock et al. 2013; Newall 2018) and others using quantitative methods (Biolcati et al. 2015). However, no previous study has used both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the development of expertise in online poker.

The current study was designed to use a mixed-methods approach to examine how risk factors from disordered gambling and decision-making literature map on to a group of elite online poker players. This group represents a unique subset of the population that could be studied with different analytical approaches, including grounded theory or template analysis. However, this was not deemed appropriate for the current study, as it would require extensive pre-interview surveys and interviews that were outside the scope of this project.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the popularity of online poker soared. It is believed that a large number of recreational and professional poker players who normally prefer live poker shifted to online platforms in order to maximize their gambling opportunities. This resulted in a surge in traffic at many online poker sites, with some reporting increased traffic of up to double that of normal levels.

This increase in traffic was mainly due to the lack of other options, with some live venues and sporting events being closed for an indefinite period of time. However, it was also due to the fact that online poker offers faster action than live games. Traditionally, live games only offer 30 hands per hour, while online poker can see up to 200 hands per hour.

It is crucial to find a reputable online poker site that offers a wide variety of games and tournaments. It is also recommended to start with a smaller stake and move up as your skills improve. In addition, it is important to read up on various strategy methods and to practice your game regularly. It is a good idea to play with friends and discuss difficult spots that you may run into. Finally, it is important to stay within your bankroll limits and never bet more than you can afford to lose. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the game safely and become a skilled online poker player.