I’m sure you’ve noticed. Poker is no longer “just a game.” It’s no longer restricted to smoke-filled casinos. It’s about as mainstream as it comes, and a big part of this phenomenon is the internet. Sure, the World Series of Poker has been around for a long time, but with the World Poker Tour catered for television, more and more people have jumped on the checking, raising, and betting fiasco known as Texas Hold ’em. I admit. I’ve been bit by the poker bug too.

There are plenty of online poker sites out there — Poker Room, Party Poker, Full Tilt Poker, and so on — and there have even been some millionaires made as a result, the best known of which is Chris Moneymaker (his name is a little too appropriate). One site that I’ve come across during my journeys is Blogger Poker Tour. It’s not new; this is their “second season”, whatever that means, but who would have thought combining the somewhat geeky practice of blogging with the “cool” game of cards.

Check it out if you want, stick to the home game tourneys (like me), or dare to be different and play Euchre instead. No matter what you do, it seems like poker is here to stay and it’s only going to get bigger. After all, who could have guessed that Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, and Phil Laak would become household names.