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Monday, October 24, 2005

Learn to play online

Many players start out playing free games online to learn the ropes, Daugherty said.

"Everyone has an alias so there's no intimidation factor," he said. "At a tournament in San Diego a couple of months ago, I was playing a $10,000 buy-in and there were three women at the table. I'd never seen that before and it's because of the Internet."

Online poker strategies also are part of books on tournament poker Daugherty has written in recent years with local Tom McEvoy.

"Every player that I know loves to play on the Internet," he said.

Canadian poker pro Daniel Negreanu will be bridging the gap between online and land-based casinos when he assumes a position as "ambassador" of the poker room at the soon-to-open Wynn Las Vegas megaresort. Negreanu, a tournament regular and Las Vegas resident, also promotes a new Internet poker room called Poker Mountain.

Shulman said Las Vegas casinos have become schizophrenic because they welcome online poker players with open arms yet aren't doing basic things to promote the sites where many players learn the game.

"I don't think they're coming close to exploring how to work with Internet poker sites," Shulman said of the casinos. "Instead of pretending they're not getting business at the online casinos, they could do things to welcome players better."

"If it's not OK then don't let them in," he said of online players. "If it's OK then promote it."