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The Launch of Party Poker and Pokerstars

Poker has been around for what seems like an eternity, but when online poker sites began to launch the game took on a whole new level of interest. With more and more people gaining access to the internet, it was easier to learn the game. Two of the biggest names, and the two companies that really launched online poker were Party Poker and Pokerstars.

Party Poker

In August 2001, Party Poker launched. The group that founded the site was Party Gaming, which is a company whose head office is in Gibraltar. Ruth Parasol was the founder of the gaming site that was originally developed as a network of gambling sites back in 1997. The company soon realized the huge potential of the poker gaming sector. Since its launch, Party Poker grew to the largest online gaming site in the world. The United States gaming act in 2006 led the site to having to stop allowing American players on the site, but it still remains the second largest place to play online poker.


Just a month after Party Poker launched, Pokerstars opened its hypothetical doors. The site started its beta site for play money only in September of 2001 and by December, they launched real money play. 

Chris Moneymaker winning the 2003 Main Event after winning his entry from the site furthered the fame of this online gaming site.  Pokerstars now sponsors several live poker tournaments that take place around the world. In addition, the company has launched Pokerstars television, which offers many different poker related television shows. 

These two online poker sites both offer a great place to play poker. Each site has its own unique offerings, but the Online Gaming Act that was passed in the United States has hurt the number of players on both sites.


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