Whether you’re a serious poker player, a recreational player, or just a fan of the game, there are many reasons you’d want to visit poker forums. Many of them represent an invaluable source of information on all things poker, from recent news to various debates. There is even a TwoPlusTwo NVG poker section dedicated to that.
Often, people avoid forums because they don’t want to deal with all the trolls and rude users they’re bound to come across. The fact of the matter is, though, a majority of people you’ll meet on these forums are normal and friendly. You just need to learn to ignore the toxic ones and don’t engage with them in any conversations and you’ll be fine. Plus there are exceptions to the rule, such as the well-revered CardsChat forum, which is known for being universally friendly and welcoming.
Some people are afraid of the overwhelming amount of information a forum present, and while that’s kind of true to some extent, if you know what you are looking for you can easily navigate past this problem.
In short, there are plenty of great reasons to visit poker forums, and below I list my top three.
1. Poker forums are a great resource for fresh news
Large poker forums usually feature a dedicated section covering recent news. In a way, these are better than run-of-the-mill news sites because you’ll come across reports from all over the globe. Major news sites usually only cover big events; on the poker forums, you’ll find many reports from local communities and smaller venues.
So, if you want to know what poker really looks like in different places, you’ll want to visit poker forums. Beyond this, if you’re planning a trip to somewhere and want to know what the poker scene looks like there, you’ll have no problems finding people who are more than happy to share their knowledge with you.
Big poker news sites don’t have the time, the capacity, or the motivation to cover everything. Forums, on the other hand, are community-driven, and you’ll find people from all over the globe who can share the first-hand experience of their local $1/$2 games or tell you about the local tournament schedule.
2. You can talk strategy all you want
Just like the news section, every poker forum has a sub-forum dedicated to strategy. If you’re interested in becoming better and talking about the game, these forums are pretty much the best free resource available online.
You can jump into existing threads and share your opinions or create your own and ask for advice. Your question may be about a particular hand or of a more general nature. Either way, you’ll usually get quite a few people chiming in and providing their insights.
Of course, not all the advice you get on poker forums or Reddit will be of the highest quality since pretty much everyone is allowed to post. But, after spending a bit of time on the site, you’ll learn who the good players are, and you can focus on their suggestions and disregard the rest.
Since most poker forums are international, there is almost always someone around. Even if you post your question late at night and are eager to find out the answer, you likely won’t have to wait long for a few responses.
Eventually, you might get to know enough like-minded poker players to put together your own strategy group. Having a few players to talk strategy on Skype or whatever else means of communication you use can do wonders for your game, and poker forums are pretty much the only place where you can find and recruit such a group – especially if you’re new to the game.
3. Poker forums provide a sense of the community
Last but not least, by frequenting poker forums, you’ll start to feel like a part of a larger community. There are countless thousands of poker players out there. They have different skill levels, come from different backgrounds, and have various life goals. But they all have one thing in common – love for the game.
It is this common thread that brings people together on poker forums. Beyond that, however, they all have other interests outside of poker and enjoy talking about them as well.
That’s why many poker forums have off-topic areas where people can chill, talk about sports, movies, or whatever else they feel like. Being a member of a poker forum can provide you with that sense of community and help you meet new people from all over the world. Since many players spend countless hours sitting in front of the computer or visiting casinos, chatting with others surely helps in terms of avoiding loneliness and isolation.
This may not be as important to everyone as it doesn’t necessarily help you poker-wise. That said, meeting new people with different interests and world views will help you broaden your perspective and is likely to improve your overall quality of life.