If you’ve had your fun playing poker on-line and, like me, want to see what it’s like to play with real people and not avatars, then you must check out the Amateur Poker Leagues which may be playing at a location near you. I mean, playing poker on PokerQQ is really fun and all but at some point, you are going to want to get over it and play something for real. Visit their website amateurpokerleague.com and see where the games are offered in each state.
All you need to do is click on your state to see if they are currently offering any venues in which to play Texas Hold’Em. Not all states are currently set up with locations, but keep checking as this is a growing site with much to offer. If your state does offer tournaments, it will have the state broken down into regions so you can see if you can find a location close by to enjoy an evening of fun. You can also host an event at your establishment which will bring in more patrons and additional advertising on the WPTAPL (World Poker Tour Amateur Poker League), so if you or someone you know owns a local tavern, let them know what this could mean to their business and get a game going in your neighborhood.
I was thrilled when I ran across this site and found out that I could play real people at several locations in the Tampa area for free. Not only have I learned more about poker and how to play, but have also made several new friends which has turned this into a weekly ritual for my husband and I. I was really nervous the first time because I didn’t want to hold people up because I wasn’t exactly sure how the betting goes, but everyone made us feel real comfortable and it was nice to know that not everybody gets it the first time, or the second.
When you arrive at a location for the first time you will sign up with general information and they will give your a membership card which keeps track of your points. There is no fee to play, no money to spend. You just sign up, sit down and they give you chips to play. There is always a representative there from the WPTAPL so all you need to worry about is how to win. This is a learning experience for most members until you get the hang of it. Depending on how far you get in the game will dictate how many points you receive. Remember, you are playing for points, not for money.
The points will add up and you could be playing for cruises, Vegas getaways and thousands of other prizes. You are also given a scratch-off ticket which can add to your points. The plan is to advance at your venue so you can qualify for a regional championship and eventually you could find yourself playing for real stakes. You can also upgrade to a paying membership which gives you a lot more opportunities and special offers.
The bottom line is that this is good clean fun and a cheap evening out with friends. It is also an opportunity to win much more as you progress and get more experience at the game. Who knows, you could be the next poker star sitting at a final table on television and walking away with thousands of dollars, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and have a great time because even if you lose, you’ll still be a winner for trying.
Now, if you don’t care to go out to play, sign up at ClubWPT.com where you can actually play for free, but with a chance to play for real money. Yes, that’s right, I said real money. They offer lots of tournaments for members, memberships are around $20.00 per month (less is you sign up for more months), but if you just want to play for fun you can also have a chance to play a tournament for real cash. In the free poker tournaments just keep an eye out for a freeroll tournament where you can play to win $10.
Yep, I said $10 and you don’t have to spend any. They also offer Blackjack tournaments in the same manner. I myself almost won the $10 tournament the other day in a Blackjack room, however I have played less Blackjack in my life than I have poker, so that was a really interesting evening. I guess you could say it was just dumb luck, but it could be your dumb luck. Give it a try because you have nothing to lose even if you decide to become a member since they give you a two week trial to start out.