Long gone are the days of cowboys playing some cards in the fields, smoking and enjoying whiskey. Card games remained a favorite pastime for centuries, which were invented in China before AD1000, and made their way into Europe in 1360. With the inception of the 52-card deck, games like Solitaire, Blackjack, Teenpatti and Poker became common, and Poker become champion in terms of popularity. It was started in 1829 in New Orleans by the French Settlers, when four players betted on the most valuable hand.
Bringing poker to the internet fired up a nearly-empty arena of online gaming with music, and suddenly, everyone wanted to join the fun. Online poker has a humble beginning. The first poker game between humans was the text-based Internet Relay Chat (IRC) poker, which was played in 1994.
The first real-money games
The first real-money games with dedicated software were introduced by Planet Poker in 1998.  The first online hands of poker were $3/$6 Limit Hold’em games. Planet Poker set the industry norm in rake for crash games at 5%, and max $3 rake cap.
Software crashes and issues were common during the first few years, but the player base continued for Planet Poker as it was the only game in the town! Paradise Poker was launched in 1999 with more stable software and great graphics, and quickly overtook Planet Poker. Paradise Poker set up its operations out of Costa Rica, offering Seven Card Stud and Omaha, besides Hold’em. It was later sold to SportingBet Plc.
Important things happened in online poker history and online casino games in the early 2000’s with the launch of the third major poker room UltimateBet that started to take real money play in 2000. Another milestone of 2000 which is often forgotten is Poker Spot, which offered the first poker room for online tournament play. Started by the poker pro Dutch Boyd, it was the first of online poker rooms to offer tournaments. The reason for Poker Spot being forgotten is that it lasted only for a year or so, due to stopping to pay players.
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