Many U.S. airlines are offering wireless internet on domestic flights. This modern luxury has taken flying to a new level for online poker players as the technology allows them to practice their craft on lengthy plane rides. The advances of technology make flying the perfect opportunity for a relaxing, or even competitive, game of poker. For people who have often thought of learning how to play, once wasted time on an airplane can now be productively used to learn the intricate game of poker. Armed with a laptop or tablet device, flying is the perfect opportunity to play poker.
To prepare for your in-flight poker game, the first tool you need is a lap top, smart phone or even an internet compatible device such as an iPad. If you choose to use your smart phone, ensure that you know how to access the Wi-Fi without having your phone turned on, as you will be asked to turn off you phone per aviation code. It is also in your best interest to spend time prior to boarding the plane charging your device so you don’t end up without power mid-flight. Not all planes have smart stations where you can plug in your devices, so if you do plan on traveling with an extra battery pack, make sure your screen shows a fully charged battery.
The second step in preparing to your on-flight poker session is registering for an online poker organization. A simple interest search will introduce you to a multitude of poker sites. The variety will include a myriad of poker games, such as Texas Hold’um and H.O.R.S.E. You will also find that some sites are free, others require your credit card, some are competitive and others are perfect for the novice, or non-gambler, as they are free and help you learn the game. Take the opportunity to register for a few to open up your options mid-flight.
After boarding the poker airplane, you have to decide how you will access the wireless internet. Airlines such as SouthWest, Virgin, American and Jet Blue all offer unlimited internet access for a fee. Internet cards sold by various phone carriers have received very broken reviews in terms of reliability while the plane is in flight. Therefore, although some wireless internet fees may seem steep, if a good poker game is what you are interested in, the fee is easily justified. A few airlines offer individual viewing screens built into the headrests with poker games offered. However, these games, although fee, are not the same quality or caliber as those you can access over the internet.
After selecting your device, your games of choice, and accessing the internet over a wireless connection on your airplane, you are ready to play. Even long flights spanning the length of the continental U.S. will speed by as you lose yourself in a poker game. So, prepare, register and log-on. A long flight is the perfect excuse to spend a few hours playing poker. It might not be the same as Vegas, but it is definitely a close second.