Friday, January 25, 2008
Website Pick of January: CardsChat
The best way to stay motivated, learn and grow in life is to be part of a community. The same is true for sports, the same is true for poker. Interacting with like-minded people makes your passion more fulfilling and legitimate. You don't have to play solo. There is CardsChat.
Before I go on with my website pick this month I will say this: The more interaction you have with your friends, of course, the better. I recommend that you go out and play cards socially and find people you can relate to in the real world. That being said the Internet provides a path to meet more people more quickly from around the world to share your hobby/profession/habit. That's when CardsChat is your best bet.
CardsChat.com is a forum/message board for and about poker. It is a great place to go for advice, empathy, or just to chat about your favorite game. It acts as a soundboard for ideas and an avenue to find more places to play--even freerolls.
It is a great place, but not the only place. Google "poker forum" and CardsChat is the third site to come up out of dozens. So why post there? I have tried many forums, and like a few, but CardsChat stands out for a number of reasons. First, I am a graphic designer and the site just looks better. Other sites are overloaded with ads, look like they were built ten years ago, and barely have what can be called any structure or organization. Second, it has great moderators and better yet, doesn't seem to need much moderation. Which leads into the most important reason--the community itself. Many posters know their stuff but don't act like the poker elitists of other sites. Everyone has something to learn and something to teach. There are many beginners and many advanced players on CardsChat and amazingly, they all get along. Of the other forums I use, I would say this is the only one for beginners and experts alike. There is something for everyone here.
If you are serious about becoming a better poker player, don't go solo. Make some friends, find a mentor, and try out CardsChat.
Disclaimer: This has been an unpaid message by a real CardsChat member.