Brands

PartyPoker.com

PartyCasino.com

PartyPoker.com

Cool Hand Poker

World Poker Tour

World Series of Poker

Asian Poker Tour

Aussie Millions

Doyles Room

Bwin Poker

Pacific Poker

Poker Satellites


Games

Texas hold 'em

Three Card 2nd Chance™

Blackjack

Joker Poker

Card Games

News

Poker News

Casino News

Blogs

Poker News Media Blog

Poker Television Blog

Other

Poker Babes

Casino Babes

Strip Poker

Celeb Poker

Poker Celebs

Poker Training

World Series of Poker

Profiles

PartyPoker.com

News

Poker News

Casino News

 

Online Poker


Online Poker

PartyPoker.com website PartyPoker.it website

New players get up to $500 sign up bonus

Club World Poker Tour website

Profiles

bwin.party Digital Entertainment Poker Online Poker

Club World Poker Tour

Profiles

PartyCasino.com Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Poker Online Poker

Poker News Sports Betting Slots Casino Online Casino News Gambling News New Games

PartyGaming profile World Poker Tour Aussie Millions Crown Casino Titan Poker

Poker News Online Poker World Series of Poker Casino Poker News Live Dealer

PartyPoker.com website

Titan Poker website Titan Poker profile iPoker Network profile PartyPoints

Noble Poker profile Noble Casino profile PartyGaming profile Virgin Poker

PKR Poker profile PokerStars.com profile EPT APT iPoker Network profile

Poker Cup Australia Aussie Millions Asian Poker Tour World Poker Tour EPT

CasinoNewsMedia.com AustralianCasinoNews.com MarvelSlotsOnline.com

Poker News Sports Betting Slots Casino Online Poker World Series of Poker

Online Casino News Gambling News Financial News World Poker Tour

PartyPoker.com PartyPoker.com News Poker News Casino News

World Series of Poker World Poker Tour World Series of Poker News

Online Casino News Poker Satellites Poker Tournament Poker Tours

Irish Poker Championship

Profiles

Virgin Poker PKR Poker Cool Hand Poker World Series of Poker PartyPoker

Poker Satellites Irish Poker Championship

 

 

 

 

 

Online poker is the game of poker played over the Internet. It has been partly responsible for a dramatic increase in the number of poker players worldwide. In 2005, revenues from online poker were estimated at US$ 200 million per month.

Online venues, by contrast, are dramatically cheaper because they have much smaller overhead costs. For example, adding another table does not take up valuable space like it would for a brick and mortar casino. Online poker rooms also allow the players to play for low stakes (as low as 2¢) and often offer poker freeroll tournaments (where there is no entry fee), attracting beginners.

Free poker online was played as early as the late 1990s in the form of IRC poker. Planet Poker was the first online cardroom to offer real money games. The first real money poker game was dealt on January 1, 1998. Author Mike Caro became the "face" of Planet Poker in October 1999.

The major online poker sites offer varying features to entice new players. One common feature is to offer tournaments called satellites by which the winners gain entry to real-life poker tournaments. It was through one such tournament on PokerStars that Chris Moneymaker won his entry to the 2003 World Series of Poker. He went on to win the main event causing shock in the poker world. The 2004 World Series featured three times as many players as in 2003. At least four players in the WSOP final table won their entry through an online cardroom. Like Moneymaker, 2004 winner Greg "Fossilman" Raymer also won his entry at the PokerStars online cardroom.

In October 2004, Sportingbet Plc, at the time the world's largest publicly traded online gaming company (SBT.L), announced the acquisition of ParadisePoker.com, one of the online poker industry's first and largest cardrooms. The $340 million dollar acquisition marked the first time an online cardroom was owned by a public company. Since then, several other cardroom parent companies have gone public.

In June 2005, PartyGaming, the parent company of the then largest online cardroom, PartyPoker, went public on the London Stock Exchange, achieving an initial public offering market value in excess of $8 billion dollars. At the time of the IPO, ninety-two percent of Party Gaming's income came from poker operations.

The market appears to be currently in a consolidation phase. In early 2006, PartyGaming moved to acquire EmpirePoker.com from Empire Online. Later in the year, bwin, an Austrian based online gambling company, acquired PokerRoom.com. Other poker rooms such as PokerStars and Poker.com that were rumored to be exploring initial public offerings have postponed them.

As of March 2008, there are fewer than forty stand-alone cardrooms and poker networks with detectable levels of traffic. There are more than 600 independent doorways into the group of network sites. (Credit: Wikipedia).

World Poker Tour World Series Of Poker PKR Poker Doyle's Room

Poker News Bingo Celebrity Poker Poker Celebrities Gaming Directory

 

Note: Mediaman has reported on and collaborated with the poker and gaming industry for many years.

Profiles of poker kings and industry figures

Sir Richard Branson Kerry Packer James Packer Eddie McGuire

John Singleton Shane Warne Keith "Bendigo" Sloan Brett Clements

Mark Burnett Donald Trump Sir Richard Branson Joe Hachem

Chris Moneymaker - website Calvin Ayre Doyle Brunson

Greg Tingle (Mediaman)

Poker Queens

Annie Duke - website

Paris Hilton

 

Brands

Pacific Poker 888.com PartyPoker.com Virgin Poker

Profiles

Gaming Casino Games Mobile Gaming Strip Poker Bingo Millionaires

Property and Investments

Mediaman congratulates Joe Hachem on his tremendous win and world champion status.

Articles

Binion's Horseshoe - Classic WSOP Ground

Poker Strategy - The Importance of Selection

Flush with success

Virgin Games to launch £2m 'Vegas' push

News

Poker News

Casino News

Online Casino News

Blog

Poker News Media