The History of Online Poker
For those of us whose significant people frowned on a weekly poker night with boys or girls, online poker is the answer. You no longer need to hide in your basement with frozen fried bowls and a blue ribbon of six mallets to enjoy the game of poker. Rather, the Internet brought the game directly to your computer. This, however, is a more recent phenomenon, since online poker rooms have only emerged in the last ten or twelve years; just a child compared to the 200-year history of “old-fashioned” poker with a poker face.
Online poker was preceded by other forms of online gambling, such as sports-oriented bets in the early 1990s and online casinos in the mid-1990s.
Planet Poker, now a smaller operation, founded the first room of online poker in 1998, and a year later Paradise Poker appeared. Their use of effective advertising, innovative software and international appeal has led them to become the vanguard of online poker, where they continue to enjoy status as one of the leaders in the industry. In 2000, Poker Spot became the first online poker site to offer a tournament game. However, on this site there were technical difficulties that led to his failed death.
Poker remained the leading company in the business
In the first years of the 21st century, Paradise Poker remained the leading company in the business until 2003, when poker reached conventional television. The world premiere poker tour took place in a travel channel and recorded the highest ratings in the history of the network. This not only led to a sharp increase in the popularity of poker, but also led to the emergence of another online poker giant. A company called Party Poker launched a well-designed advertising campaign that aired during the World Poker Tour. This brilliant marketing has taken them to the forefront of the industry, where they currently occupy almost half of the online poker community.
After this qualification boom experienced by Travel Channel, other networks such as ESPN began to broadcast live poker as part of their usual programming. Programs like Celebrity Poker are still very popular. These readings not only led to an increase in the visibility and popularity of poker, but also led to a boom in online games. Many viewers were inspired by the fact that applicants preferred the main tournaments through an online game. Dominoqq received a big press in 2003 and 2004, when the winners of the World Series of Poker were Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer, both players online through Poker Stars. This free publicity was quite effective, and 6,000 members of the World Series of Poker were eligible to participate in the online game in 2005.
Since then, new companies are still emerging, and some sources have reported that the revenues of virtual tables have almost tripled in recent years.