Origins of Poker

Online poker began in IRC channels in the mid-1990s. These games were friendly matches controlled by textual commands and do not play for real money. IRC users quickly develop graphical user interfaces for these games and the games became more popular. As the Internet grew, the increased potential for a real money poker site. As the first online casino opened in 1996, it was inevitable that a poker site would sprout.


Planet Poker was founded in 1998 by Randy Blumer, a Canadian businessman. An engineer by profession, an officer of professional and amateur poker player, he had taken early retirement from his job to create the first online poker site. Planet Poker was the first company, real money poker games online offer. It was quickly successful, thanks to advertising in prominent poker magazines. It was only a few months before the games ran 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Planet Poker was new, but the actual functionality of their products was quite low. The software was not good and disconnections were frequent. The site had connection failures takes many days in a row. Users were displeasd, but back then there were no other options. The conditions were ripe for a competitor to enter the market and take away the customers of Planet Poker.


In 1999, opened another poker site based in Canada. The new web site, Paradise Poker, had techinically superior software and took over the majority of market share quickly. It was not long before Paradise Poker had more than 1,000 players real-money poker games at peak hours. It was finally anonymous by his owner to Sportingbet plc sold for 20 million pounds sterling. The poker landscape is very different today, but there are still two poker rooms. Planet Poker has nothing, but offered to play money games since 2006 because of the UIGEA. Paradise Poker is now on the International Poker Network (Boss Media) and is not an independent network.


This first battle between the first two online pokresites is started, what the word busy online poker. This led to the rise of today’s heavy hitters, PokerStars, PartyPoker and Full Tilt.

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