Online Gambling: A Short History
First Online Poker Room
Offering a few online slots and a little blackjack is one thing, but offering up real money online poker against other humans players is another matter entirely. That’s probably why the first online poker room, PlanetPoker didn’t launch until 1998.
Poker, as it would turn out, and the Internet go together like peanut butter and chocolate. By 1999, a slew of competitors – including PokerStars and Paradise Poker – had entered the fray.
It seems safe to say that none of these pioneers could have predicted that poker would become the most mainstream of all online gambling activities.