The Rise of Online Poker in The UK And Europe

Texas Hold ‘Em poker was originally, well…Texan, but the game boosted in popularity across USA when Las Vegas casinos started hosting the poker variant during the 1970s. The ‘simpler’ rules and the pace of the game caught the eye, and wallet, of every gambler in Sin City – and ultimately, that same combination caught the attention of the digital generation when poker went online.

The popularity of online poker such as,┬áis rising in a similar way, only instead of spreading out across the Nevada desert, the game is now taking over the world – this article looks into its growing dominance throughout the UK and Europe.

The Rise of Online Poker in The UK And EuropePoker went online for the first time in the late 1990s but it wasn’t until after the millennium that the game started to take off. This was partly because the major websites started offering tickets to live tournaments as prizes for winning online games – which attracted the pros, and the amateurs soon followed en masse.

The second half of ‘the noughties’ saw multiple poker sites sprouting up from all over the world, with a few surprising gems originating from Europe. Innovation was the driving force behind Europe’s online poker front – with one poker site in particular introducing 3D graphics to the game and effectively reinventing how the game was played online.

It was the players who benefitted as sites competed with each other to improve user-experience wherever possible. The social aspect to playing poker was bolstered by player interaction, either through chat boxes or 3D character animations. Professionals were sponsored by the sites to play their poker games exclusively – drawing aficionados of the game from all over the continent to try their hand against the best in the business.

Still, this often cost a little too much money for most and that is where the free poker tournaments came in. Massive multi-table competitions allowed users to sign up for free with the option to re-buy later on. These events often attracted professionals and amateurs alike, all hoping to land a seat in the prize-pool (bubble) and gain some invaluable high-adrenaline experience.

For those who were knocked out, some European sites started to televise tournaments – allowing everyone in the poker universe to tune in and watch the best online players go head to head for real cash.

Modern live tournaments including the prestigious World Series of Poker and European World Series of Poker, are now commonly graced by European professionals who learned their trade online. The game is massive on the continent and perhaps it has the internet to thank for that – online poker has continued to rise in popularity and with innovation still spearheading the competitiveness in the industry, the websites are only going to improve – so watch this space.