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Online Poker Timeline
IRC Poker becomes the first Virtual Poker, though no gambling takes place.
January 1, 1998:
Randy Blumer launches PlantPoker.com. The first real money poker site.
The Kahnawake Gaming Commission enacts regulations concerning interactive gaming.
Paradise Poker opens for business and quickly becomes the #1 poker site.
Ultimate Bet launches
Pokerstars opens its virtual doors.
Party Poker launches and promotes online tournaments revolutionizing online play.
The World Poker Tour is formed, and with it advertising for online poker to the masses.
World Series Poker
Amateur Chris Moneymaker wins the WSOP main event by qualifying at an online poker site.
Online Poker explodes after his $2,500,000 win that started from $40 pm pokerstars.com
Full Tilt Poker.com
With the backing and endorsement of many poker pros, Fulltiltpoker launches in 2004.
WTO rules against the United States over its online gaming regulations
Multiple poker sites go public, and the world sees just how much money online poker is making.
Online Poker is now a $2 billion dollar a year industry.
Ultimate Bet and Professional player Russ Hamilton are ensnared in a cheating scandal.
October 13, 2006
President Bush signs The Security and Accountability For Every Port Act which prohibits the transfer of funds from a financial institution to an ���illegal� Internet gambling site.
PartyPoker stops accepting US players, eliminating 80% of its customers overnight.
Scandal erupts as Absolute Poker admits that cheating has occurred by an employee.
The first attempts are made to make online gaming legal again in the United States.
The Treasury Department issues regulations detailing how banks must comply with the 2006 Internet gambling law.
Pokerstars sets the record for the biggest online tournament with 49,196 people.
Online Poker is now a $6 billion + a year industry that is growing larger by the day.