Gaming On The Go

TEXT:The online poker boom was one of the phenomenon’s of the 21st century. The wave began to gather speed in 2003 when an accountant from Tennessee, called Chris Moneymaker, won several million dollars in one tournament at the World Series of Poker; having won a $30 qualifier to play in said tournament which would ordinarily have cost ten thousand dollars to buy into. From there, internet poker was seen as the way to get suddenly, extraordinarily rich, and so it proved - between 2003 and 2008 - the single most common reason for a person aged 27 or younger to be a millionaire in the United States was internet poker. However, from 2008 a series of well-documented road bumps in the path of internet poker were seen as potentially the beginning of the end; after all, without innovation (which at the time wasn’t apparent) where else it could go?
The answer came in two forms. First was the arrival of the new generation of smartphones whose technological capabilities were so sophisticated that poker clients - like - could create mobile poker apps that would render their virtual tables in clear, crisp detail backed up by heavyweight processing power; meaning that users really did feel confident in trusting their smartphones as a platform on which to play for sometimes hundreds of thousands at a time. The second innovation was of a type of play whereby instead of once you’d folded your hand you simply had to wait for a new one to be dealt at the same table you were simply transported to a new table and a new hand greatly increasing the chance of a good hand and good action. This type of play worked particularly well on smartphones whose users don’t have time to wait, and clients like Ladbrokes Poker have reaped the benefits of ‘the second poker boom.’

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