Published on July 3, 2003, 2:46 pm EST

By now you have surely heard the story about Chris Moneymaker, the 27 year old accountant that won 2.5 million dollars at the 2003 World Series of Poker, beating out over 800 other participants. I'm sure you have also probably thought to yourself: if he can do it, then I can do it.

Chris qualified for the World Series of Poker by playing poker online, against other real players from all around the world. This is a great way to play, as you can learn the rules, how to bet, when to fold, how much to bet per hand, etc. without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Some of these online poker rooms also offer tournaments, in which the winners can win entries into the World Series of Poker final tournament (normally a $10,000 buy-in.) This is how Chris Moneymaker made it to the 2003 World Series of Poker.

So where to get started? As proprietors of this site, we also play online poker as well, and can highly recommend Party Poker. Try entering some of their tournaments, just to get a small taste of real competition. If you are new to the game, start with very small bets until you get more confident; learn the statistical probability of each hand; learn how to bet, when to fold, etc. Keep playing, keep learning, and maybe you will be the next winner of the World Series of Poker.


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