Try cyberspace
while traveling

Aug 21, 2006 4:47 AM

Carol, we are so lucky to live in the most beautiful and wonderful country in the world.

We have traveled the world and played poker in Ireland, England, France and all over Europe, on cruise ships, in Canada and a lot of the islands — just about everywhere they spread a poker game.

Now that the World Series is over and new records have been set and new champions have been crowned, it is time for a change.

Let’s take a driving road trip and see the Northwestern United States!

We will just do this road trip a lot like John Steinbeck did when he drove about the USA in his little camper with his dog Charley and wrote "Travels with Charlie," little vignettes about the places he visited.

We will start out from Las Vegas and first we will stop at Mesquite and go by the Casablanca casino for lunch and then go next door to the Oasis for a little poker.

This will be the last brick and mortar poker room we will encounter for a while.

Then we will go to Zion National Park and see a lot of the natural wonders of Utah

We will stop in Salt Lake City to see the Mormon Temple, visit the Salt Palace and the Great Salt Lake.

Then it’s on to Yellowstone, where we will spend a few days at the Lodge and view Old Faithful.

Then it’s on to the Northwest and over into the Redwoods of Northern California.

I am looking forward to seeing a little rain; we don’t get to see much rain in Las Vegas.

We will stop at Reno and go up to Lake Tahoe, then over to San Francisco.

Then it’s down The El Camino Real, Highway 101, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean to the poker battlefields of Los Angles.

We will have our laptop computer with us and will be playing a lot of poker online.

So, today I would like to talk to the folks about playing poker in cyberspace.

All of the large hotels and motels have free (as a part of your room charge) high speed Internet connections. As I write this column I am using one of those connections.

The poker games can be played for fun using any one of a number of Internet addresses like

Yes, that one is OKSarah’s play poker site for fun online. You cannot play for money or gamble on this site, but you can play poker for fun and play tournaments and all the poker games plus blackjack and a lot of other casino games.

But I like to play for a little something and gamble just a little so I go over to OK-S’s and play some very low limit no limit hold ”˜em and low limit tournaments.

I do not recommend that any of you folks play poker online for high stakes — just play very low and you can have some fun.

The playing of poker online is much faster than in a brick and mortar poker room, but the rake is cheaper. At a land-based casino you must pay $4 or $5 per hand plus tip the dealer a dollar or so. Online the maximum rake is $3.

At a B&M poker rooms, a good fast dealer (even with the use of a machine) will play only 30 hands or so per hour. But when you are playing online you will get to play 80 or even 100 or more hands of poker per hour.

The playing of poker online has helped to create the explosion of millions of new poker players all over the world.

OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

When playing at an online poker room, you can play with thousands of players from all over the world.

Yes, it is very easy for bad things to happen but the owners and operators of Internet poker rooms do have sophisticated software to protect you from unethical players.

Just play for fun when playing online poker or play in the many tournaments or free rolls.

Never, ever play online for very much money.

Until next time remember to stay lucky.