The History And Analysis Of Online Poker

published on 01/13/10 at 8:44 am

The History And Analysis Of Online Poker

Poker is a game that has been around for nearly 200 years and up until 1998, the game remained virtually the same. It was played by a select few of the populace, stereotyped as “degenerates”” or “gamblers”, but in 1998, the way poker was viewed and played began to change for the better.

A company called Planet Poker brought the game from the felts of casinos to the virtual world of the internet. Now, players with no place to play or that lived too far away from casinos had a place to play poker, any day, any time. With poker online, players from around the world could play all forms of poker from anywhere they had an internet connection against players right down the street or across the globe.

Paradise Poker followed in 1999, then Poker Spot in 2000. In 2001, one of the premium poker sites today, Poker Stars (PS), came online and quickly became the most popular online site in the world. With an average of 190,000 players online at any given time, from top notch pros to beginners, Poker Stars is a force in the online world. The success of Poker Stars caught the attention of Poker Pros in the United States and across the world who, in turn, invested in Full Tilt Poker (FTP), which came online in 2004.

FTP and PS are the two premiere online poker sites and offer a wide variety of poker games. Both offer varying limits of Texas Hold Em, Omaha and STUD. These sites offer full ring games, tournaments and sit-n-goes. Players can try HU or play 6-max or 9 handed tables using their own money or just for fun with “play chips”. These sites increasingly adding different tournament types and levels so no matter what type of poker or setting you prefer, chances are you’ll find a game to sit in on.

Online poker has created some of the game’s biggest and brightest stars and has given the “everyman” the chance to compete for prize money previously reserved for the elite players battling it out in the most prestigious tournaments. Where a normal 9-5 guy would never be able to buy in to the WSOP ME for $10,000, online poker awards seats for as little as $39. In fact, Chris Moneymaker, an everyday accountant won his way into the 2003 WSOP ME by playing an online satellite. He went on to win the Main Event and took home over $2.5 million in cash. With that win, Moneymaker was credited with creating a “poker boom” that saw poker sites, both online and live increase in the number of players vying to be the next Moneymaker. Moneymaker’s dream was made possible by online poker and since has created tremendous amounts of opportunities for players to live out a dream that would never have been realized if not for these sites.

Online poker has also created a “new breed” of players that have forced veterans of the game to change their style to compete with the “online kids”. Today’s players have read the books, studied and played millions of hands and have developed a style of play that can put even the greatest players on tilt. To the history of poker, that advent of online poker began a change in dynamic and demographic that has helped erase the stereotype of the game and the players themselves, for the better. Online poker is not without its flaws and critics, but that is to be expected for any radical idea that changes the “norm” of what we are accustomed.

Street3 is a Professional Online Bingo Player and has been playing the game, at many levels, for years. He still attempts to play texas holdem.

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One Response to “The History And Analysis Of Online Poker”

  1. Street3

    Jan 13th, 2010

    Nice post!!!!

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