Sunday, July 5, 2009

Online poker

Online poker is the game of poker played in the Internet. It has been responsible partly for a vast increase in the number of poker games and players worldwide over the recent years. Christiansen who is the Capital Advisors said that on-line poker incomes grew from $81.7 million in 2001 to $3.6 billion in 2004, in which a survey carried out by  Gaming Consultants asserted online poker revenues in 2006 were at $1.4 billion. On-line venues may be more vulnerable to certain types of fraud, especially collusion between players. However, they have collusion detection abilities that do not exist in brick and mortar casinos. For example, on-line poker room security employees can look at the hand history of the cards previously played by any player on the site, making patterns of behavior easier to detect than in a casino where colluding players can simply fold their hands without anyone ever knowing the strength of their holding. Online poker rooms also check players' IP addresses in order to prevent players at the same household or at known open proxy servers from playing on the same tables.From a legal perspective, online poker may differ in some ways from online casino gambling. However, many of the same issues do apply. For a discussion of the legality of online gambling in general, see online gambling.

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