When we look at gambling games around the world, there is little doubt that poker is one of the most popular and widely played game. Poker alone must be generating quite a few billion dollars for online and brick and mortar outlets. It is therefore a big money spinner for the entire gambling industry. The internet has indeed give a new direction and thrust to poker as a game. We will have a look at the history of poker as an online game. It certainly will be quite interesting for the lovers of this game.
When Poker Was First Played?
It may not be possible to have an exact fix on the date and day on which poker was first played in the world. There are different theories which point to different places and different times during which the game might have originated. There are many who believe that it could have started way back in the 10th Century. It could have made its beginning as a Persian game. However, Poque is considered to be the closest relative to modern day Poker. It was first played in France during the 17th Century. Since then it has gone through many changes and has evolved over time.
The internet has certainly seen helped in bringing about a change in the way the game is played across the world. Online poker started becoming popular during the mid 1990s when the internet was well and truly taking off in many western countries of the world. The first real money online poker games came into existence in 1998. There are records and articles to suggest that the first hand was dealt online on 1st January 1998.
It Almost Fell Along The Way
Though the first recorded online poker game was played in 1998, the journey was not smooth. There were a few political leaders across America, who were not favorably inclined in making this game available online. A bill was sought to be brought in the US Congress. However, this never happened because of lack of consensus and broad agreement. This came as a blessing in disguise and since then online poker has grown aggressively.
The Last Fifteen Years
It would be pertinent to mention that the real growth of online poker must have happened since 2004. There are reports to suggest that way back in 2005, an estimated 60 million American were into online poker. Many online entrepreneurs came into the picture. The years 2005 to 2010 saw a proliferation in the number of online poker outlets. In fact, the enthusiasm, excitement and demand were quite high during the initial years. There were a number of service providers who set up special and exclusive sites for Poker alone. This was truly a game changing movement and since then there has been no looking back.
There Are Some Obvious Benefits
There are some possible reasons for the sudden and dramatic increase in the number of online poker outlets. The biggest benefit is that players can play the game sitting in the comfort of their homes, workplaces or even while on the move. Secondly, as competition increased in the last ten to twelve years, online outlets started luring customers by offering attractive signup facilities and other such incentives. All these and more have contributed positively to the history of this wonderful card game.