Poker, or more specifically poker holdem, is one of the most popular card games ever created.
Since the World Series of Poker was first introduced in the 1970s, and the Amercian casinos started offering poker tournaments poker, pokers popularity began to grow. In the 1980s, many popular TV shows including M.A.S.H and Star Trek had the soldiers and the Crew respectively play poker, which also helped spread pokers popularity.
However, it was not until the early 21st century, as online poker and hole-card cameras was introduced that allowed poker to really take off.
These poker developments helped properel poker to its current popularity as it enabled poker to become somewhat of a spectator sport. People was now able to watch and be amazed by how this game of “luck”, really became a game of skills. How certain so called proferssional players, could out bluff, out bet, out think and out read, players of less skills or talent. For the first time regular Joeys and the media could experience first had the beauty of the game and understand its complexity.
Poker going from offline to online also had a major impact in creating the hype around the game. As people could now find the game online, they could for the first time experience the game “behind closed doors”. No need to go to the casino and shame yourself in public for not playing well or for not understanding the rules fully. You could now basically stay at home and practise and make mistakes, completely anonymous.
In addition, given the reduction in fixed cost from running an offline poker casino to running an online casino. The blinds, the minimum bets dropped significantly, making it a lot cheaper to practise and to suck in the beginning. Yes, for any newbie or beginner poker player, we all know, in the beginning you will lose.
The online casino also began offer something that the offline casinos never did or perhaps never could. Poker Bonuses, free gambling money, rakeback and other benefits.