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The term online poker is used to describe the poker game when practiced on the Internet.

The emergence of online poker is linked to the dramatic increase in the number of players around the world. In 2005, revenues from online poker sites have been estimated at nearly $ 200 million per month.

Key dates

1998: PlanetPoker and ParadisePoker are the first two online poker rooms.

2001: Birth of PokerStars and PartyPoker (two sites which are now online poker leaders).

2003: Victory of Chris Moneymaker’s World Series of Poker in 2003. This hitherto unknown player, had qualified in a satellite tournament organized by online poker room for under $ 40. Chris Moneymaker is emulated and during the three years that followed, the number of participants in the Main Event of this world championship poker increases from 839 in 2003 to 8773 participants in 2006.

2006: The American administration promulgates laws called called “UIGEA” to prevent financial institutions and individuals to perform transactions with online poker rooms in the United States.

Since 2012 the attendance of most online poker rooms dropped significantly.

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