|Online Poker Site Reaches 150,000,000 hand milestone|
The world's largest cardroom, ParadisePoker.com, dealt its 150 millionth
hand of poker on Tuesday. While Los Angeles' Commerce Casino, with 160
poker tables, is the largest brick & mortar cardroom in the world, Paradise
Poker has over 250 online tables in play at peak times.
Unlike online casinos where players play against the house in games of
chance like craps or slot machines, online cardrooms offer players the
chance to play against other individuals from all over the world in a game
primarily of skill, poker. By far the largest online cardroom, Paradise
Poker deals 300,000 hands of poker a day. Approximately one-third of these
are in free games where people play strictly for fun. The other two-thirds
of the games feature betting limits ranging from as little as 50 cents to as
much as $40.
Poker currently represents a fairly small fraction of the online betting
industry, but its rapid growth online is partly attributable to the fact
that it differs from the gambling-against-the-house games offered by casinos
in that skill is the predominant element involved in the wagering, and the
house has no interest in the outcome. The number of online cardrooms has
grown to over a dozen since Paradise Poker opened its cyber-doors two and a
half years ago, with several more slated to enter the market in the next few
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