Win or Lose – The Game is On -The coolest way to chill out, games, the online ones in particular, turn us on even in the absence of a company. What really excites us is the proposition of earning money and chilling out at the same time! This accounts for the rise in popularity of online poker games in the past few years. Looking back, this major boost could be attributed to the extensive media coverage this game received in the World Poker Tour of 2002. To top it all, the victory of the online amateur player, Chris Moneymaker, at the WSOP Main Event of 2003 also brought in the much needed limelight to this fantastic game of fortune.However, it would be quite incorrect to categorize poker merely as a game of gamble or fortune. The attraction of this game lies in its flexibility, pace and accessibility round the clock. These aspects have certainly contributed to the growth of online poker industry. In fact, the media coverage of the two major international poker events, the WSOP and the WPT, has inspired many to participate in the online poker freerolls.
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Around seven years back, the industry of online poker was in troubled waters. The situation was so precarious that multiple casinos had to be shut down. However, the scenario began to change in 1998 when Planet Dewapoker successfully launched the game with real money and showed an unprecedented growth in three subsequent years. Next was the turn of Paradise Poker, an aggressive marketer, which registered its authority in the market. The big turnaround came when the World Poker Tour of 2002 was televised, thus encouraging the growth of the online poker industry. A whopping 500% increase in the online poker game volume was recorded in 2003. The icing on the cake was the $1 billion turnover that the industry received in the year 2004.
Since then the online poker business has not only received great returns but also witnessed increasing competition. This is indeed good news for the players. As part of promotional strategies, a good amount of money is being spent on advertisements. Bonuses, along with few extra concessions, are also being offered to players by most of the poker rooms today. The resurrection of the poker industry can be ascertained from the fact that numerous amateur players start their career online, slowly diverting their ways to home games and casinos. No wonder, the erstwhile dismal poker world has re-emerged once again and lit up the atmosphere of casinos all over the world.The so-called ‘renaissance’ of poker can be attributed to its very nature as it does not always rely on the ‘movers and shakers’ of the game. Rather, victory lies with those upon whom the Lady Luck smiles. Often online poker freerolls have witnessed new champions beating some of the biggest names in the poker industry. Nevertheless, poker tends to be deceptive and demands a definite percentage of skill and luck to be successful. It would rather be difficult for less skilled player to win consequently in the long term.