Many poker novices are shy about playing internet poker games in the traditional brick & mortar casinos and it is those people that the internet poker portals target. Hardly a month passes by without new online poker gambling portals being launched and it is not surprising when one observes that the revenues earned by these online poker houses increased from $82.7 million in 2001 to about $2.4 billion in 2005.
The main advantage for those playing in poker portals is the freedom from geographical bindings. As long as one has an internet connected PC, they can participate in these online gambling rooms. Casino owners own most of the online portals. They do not want to promote poker in their brick & mortar casinos because of the high costs. For them, maintaining and running an online poker portal are relatively cheaper. If they wanted to add another table in their standard casinos, it would mean adding valuable real estate, but in the online rooms, all they need to do is make some alterations in the software.
The players too benefit a lot from the online poker gambling portals since the charges of playing over there are far less than participating in the real ones. One can expect a stake as low as 2 cents in the online rooms and at times they might even find portals that do not charge any entry fees. The owners of these portals do this to attract beginners to their site. Those interested in internet poker might be interested to know that the first free poker online was played sometimes during the late 1990′s and it was known IRC poker (internet relay chat poker).