Before the Internet came into popular use, the world of poker used to be the exclusive domain of men. Rarely does the adventurous female break the gender barrier to compete with male counterparts. But that was then.
Along came online poker. Although casinos and poker tournaments don't place restrictions on who are allowed to play poker, most women are somewhat hesitant to play against men. All these has changed with the introduction of online casinos where your gender, age or background doesn't really matter.
Many online poker sites, however, are still geared for the male audience, as photos of pretty and scantily-clad women are common in these sites. But more and more online poker sites are now looking to capture the hearts (and wallets) of women.
In fact, there are few online poker sites that are aimed generally for the female population. These online poker sites attract women into investing their time and money into playing online poker either for fun or for profit.
While it's true that poker is dominated by men, and that women flock mostly to online bingo sites, the atmosphere is fast changing. It seems that more and more women are starting to play online poker. On the other hand, more and more men are also moving towards games that used to be associated with men, such as online bingo.
Online poker is a game of skill, and as such, suits the playing tendencies of females very well. Female players tend to be very patient, organized and disciplined, and so have several advantages over men who rely mostly on brute force and will. Women also place more importance on a game's entertainment value than on its profit potential. This explains why more women prefer fun games like bingo than "profitable" games such as poker and blackjack.
One thing that attracts women to online poker sites is the strong sense of community and togetherness that characterizes the online poker community. Poker players compete against each other instead of against the house, and this helps develop strong friendships and relationships both online and offline.
Online poker brings along many benefits and advantages not only for women, but for men as well. With enough poker games to satisfy anyone's appetite for fun and excitement, as well as the potential to make a fast buck or two, there's no doubt that online poker is here to stay for a long time. People from all walks of life, from all ages and genders, can experience a whole new level of entertainment through online poker.