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Unreliable citations may be challenged or deleted. Online poker is the game of poker played over the Internet. It has been partly responsible for a huge increase in the number of poker players worldwide. Also, brick and mortar casinos are reluctant to promote poker because it is difficult for them to profit from it. 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 venues may be more vulnerable to certain types of fraud, especially collusion between players. However, they have collusion detection abilities that do not exist in brick and mortar casinos. Free poker online was played as early as the late 1990s in the form of IRC poker. Planet Poker was the first online card room to offer real money games in 1998.
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. 340 million acquisition marked the first time an online card room was owned by a public company.
Since then, several other card room parent companies have gone public. As of March 2008, there are fewer than forty stand-alone cardrooms and poker networks with detectable levels of traffic. There are however more than 600 independent doorways or ‘skins’ into the group of network sites. As of February 2010, there are approximately 545 online poker websites. The year 2011 is known as the infamous year of Black Friday, when the U. Absolute Poker, effectively freezing the bankrolls of their player base.
From a legal perspective, online poker may differ in some ways from online casino gambling. However, many of the same issues do apply. For a discussion of the legality of online gambling in general, see online gambling. Online poker is legal and regulated in many countries including several nations in and around the Caribbean Sea, and most notably the United Kingdom. In the United States, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill in February 2005 to legalize and regulate online poker and online poker card room operators in the state.
The legislation required that online poker operations would have to physically locate their entire operations in the state. The measure, however, was defeated by the State Senate in March 2005 after the U. Department of Justice sent a letter to North Dakota attorney general Wayne Stenehjem stating that online gaming «may» be illegal, and that the pending legislation «might» violate the federal Wire Act. In response to this and other claims by the DOJ regarding the legality of online poker, many of the major online poker sites stopped advertising their «dot-com» sites in American media. Instead, they created «dot-net» sites that are virtually identical but offer no real money wagering. The sites advertise as poker schools or ways to learn the game for free, and feature words to the effect of «this is not a gambling website. On October 13, 2006, President Bush officially signed into law the SAFE Port Act, a bill aimed at enhancing security at U.