Online Poker Communities – Railbirds.Com

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If you have been playing poker on line for a few years you may have noticed that many sites have private tourneys, members only. Some require being a member in order to get the nightly password while others invite any one who subscribes to their blog or newsletters.

I have been a member since 3/20/2007 of a group called the Railbirds, located at There are three kinds of regular railbird members and they are identified by their color or plumage.

Once you are a registered railbird
Be an active member
Be a REALLY active member

Then there are the prorails. The following in an excerpt from FAQ’s on railbird status.

Prorail (Administrator)
Get selected by Railjoe

Prorailship has got nothing to do with status or who you happen to know. And while RailJoe prefers picking experts as prorails, what he really wants is people who he feels have a number of qualities needed, namely: 1. Patience 2. Reason 3. Willingness to help 4. Ability to work in a team 5. Understanding of how people work Basically, if someone sends an application, if RailJoe thinks that someone is a good candidate, or if another prorail suggests somebody, RailJoe will do a background check to see if he can find the qualities mentioned above in said person.

One of the benefits of being a Railbird is that you are given the password for the daily freerolls or daily tourneys. There is a leader board and and prizes are given to the best player for a given year.

I am a semi-active railbird, meaning that I post occasionally, I write comments occasionally and I play in some of the tourneys occasionally.  I have developed a few good acquaintances who have helped me to understand the nuts and bolts of becoming a member. I think it took me about 10 days before I was able to earn the right to receive the passwords for the freerolls. I earned that right by posting, by commenting and by just being friendly and being myself.

Even nowadays, I see new members and their first blogs. By the second or third post they will actually be whining about how come they don’t get the freeroll passwords yet. From time to time, I will respond back to them and let them know the ropes as others have done to help me.

The site contains a lot of information for a starting player and you can learn from the blogs and comments as well. Plus, you can always cry for help and someone will usually get back to you. You can even discuss how you played out a hand and others will help critique your play. All in all, I think any new player would do well to join Railbirds for the experience and yes, even the freerolls.

I am also a proud member of the “Twitter Poker Tour” group and the “RoundersRadio” Podcast forum.

Do you belong to any organizations? How do you benefit from them? How do they benefit from you being a member? What do you contribute? Are  you having fun?

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