Las Vegas Gambling Tips – Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 4 — Real vs. Internet

Las Vegas Gambling Tips – Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 4 — Real vs. Internet

Las Vegas Gambling Tips: Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 4 — Real vs. Internet

On The Town With Vegas Vic
By: Victor H. Royer

Welcome to Las Vegas! My name is Victor H. Royer, but everyone just calls me Vegas Vic. I was named after that famous neon sign in Downtown Las Vegas, that cowboy with the hat on top of the Pioneer Club, always waving his hand and beckoning to his long love, Sassy Sally, on the other side of the street. I will be writing a few articles for, so I hope you enjoy them.

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Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 4 — Real vs. Internet

Of course, if you are players such as myself, who has first learned to play poker in the real world, because at the time that we were so learning there not only weren’t any computers, but the world of the Internet had not even been conceived, sometimes it may be difficult for us to transition from the real world to that of the Internet. Fortunately, I am not that old as to be technologically challenged in this way, and I have actually found the world of technological innovations, and lately the world of Internet poker tournaments, to be exceptionally beneficial, interesting, entertaining, and actually quite profitable as well.

I began to play Internet poker, and Internet poker tournaments, way back in the ancient days of the Internet poker phenomenon, as far back as 1999, where most of the poker sites that we now know either did not yet exist, and those that did exist offered only play money, and not real money. I guess I sort of grew up with that particular way of playing poker, and even though at the time I was playing regularly in the poker rooms in Las Vegas, where I live, I nevertheless found the world of Internet poker quite challenging, and extraordinarily informative, and also allowing me to grasp and learn the technology behind it, as well as everything that surrounded it. I liked it then, and I still do.

I play at least one Internet poker tournament everyday, and usually more than one. I have found Internet poker tournaments to be not only profitable, but extraordinarily convenient, particularly when I have been spending the past several years working long hours in writing my recent series of many gaming books. This has not permitted me to be able to enter as many land-based tournaments as I had wanted, but it nevertheless has opened up an even greater range of Internet poker tournaments, particularly because I can play even a major tournament on the Internet in usually under six hours, facing fields of upwards of 800 players, which is something that would take several days in the real world. I have therefore become quite fond of Internet poker tournaments, and I play them as much as I can, and as many of them as I can.

Although initially my transition from real world experience was a little bit rocky, particularly because I first had to find out exactly how the Internet world actually works, once I was able to make the transition the actual acclimation to that format and style of play did not seem to me to be of a difficult. Subsequently, however, in talking with my peers — those who are in my age group — I have found that this is not always so for other players who have also experienced poker first in the real world, and only in their later years have gravitated to the world of Internet poker tournaments. This led me to understand that the transitional curve necessary in order to successfully play Internet poker tournaments can be somewhat difficult, particularly because of three simple facts of Internet poker:

  • The speed of the game is so much faster than in the real-world
  • The fields of players are usually incredibly bigger than in the real-world
  • The level of playing skills are usually atrocious on the Internet

We will continue with this discussion in the next issue.

Click to read Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 5 — Faster Play

Victor H. Royer, known as Vegas Vic, is the author of 42 books. Mostly known for books, articles, and columns on casino games and gambling, he is also the author of New Casino Slots, Great Gamblers: True Stories and Amazing Facts, The Great American Joke Book, as well as his works of Fiction, which include: Another Day, and the Western: Riders on the Wind. Versatile and multitalented, Royer is the creator, producer, and host of the Web-TV show Great Casino Slots, now showing at He also composes music and performs under the names Glenn Diamond, Pappy Jones, Hans Dorfmann, and Miguel Armandaiz. For more information, please visit him at and Sign up for the Insider Advantage Newsletter at:

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