While the history of live poker is debatable, with certain camps claiming the game evolved from the Persian game “As-nas” and others citing the French game “Poque” as poker’s immediate ancestor, the history of online poker is well documented and beyond dispute.
The first real money online poker hand was dealt by Planet Poker on January 1, 1998. The blinds in this Texas Hold’em match were $3/$6. Plagued by technical problems that would sometimes cause the website to be offline for days at a time, mixed with heated competition, Planet Poker quickly ceded the number one spot and is now nothing more than an internet relic.
Online poker has changed dramatically since Planet Poker’s launch in 1998. It continued to grow slowly, until the Moneymaker effect in 2003 where poker entered the mainstream. Poker took over many television broadcasts, often during prime time.
During this time there have been many highs and lows, but alas, here were are in 2015. The glory days of tables full of terrible players, huge, easy to earn cash bonuses, and set mining for a profit have passed us by. If you were around during this time, you likely often reminisce on the “free money” and toss around a few “could haves” and “if onlys”.
But even though the games are tougher, and the bonuses are harder to come by, one thing is still clear – you can still make money playing online poker. With the right information, preparation, and studying, you can start bringing in a few hundreds dollars (or more) per month, even if you’ve never played poker. It takes finding the bonuses actually worth depositing for (we show them to you), learning the rules of the game (we explain it for you), and studying optimal strategy (we provide it for you).
So look around, enjoy your stay, and learn the game that millions worldwide enjoy. Even if poker is just a hobby for you, as it is for most people, the hobby can bring in cash. What’s better than playing a card game, having fun, and making money? Not much…