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Online Poker Impact
I dont think there is any question that the World Poker Tour
on the Travel Channel and the expanded coverage of the
World Series of Poker by ESPN have been the major reasons
for the tremendous influx of new players into poker over the last year.
Television is powerful. However, dont underestimate the impact of a guy
by the name of Chris Moneymaker winning an online tournament for $40 and
parlaying it into $2.5 million and the title of the 2003 world champion.
Moneymaker not only reached out to try to grab the brass
ring, he did it. He represents the millions of players who have
a job and a family, and could never put up $10,000 to play in a poker
tournament. He is the guy who showed everyone that it can be done.
Because of his fairy-tale story, he is a hero in the poker world, and
rightfully so. He struck oil because he played in a small online
Online poker has grown in leaps and bounds over the past year.
Numerous sites continue to appear, and Im sure many more will be trying
to enter an ever-growing market. The industry leader is
PartyPoker.com. It has more
than 40,000 players on its site at any one time every night. This
includes more than 1,100 real-money games and thousands of tournament
players (as well as thousands who play for free). By comparison, a
brick-and-mortar casino with 30 tables is considered a large poker room.
People play poker online because its fun, convenient, and easy to
play. Most people dont live near a poker room, yet they still want to
play. The Internet provides them that opportunity. And the sensation
thats now grabbed everyone is tournament poker. Players love
tournaments, especially big payday tournaments. Everyone wants to hit
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