Online poker game features
Major online poker sites now offer various new features to attract and entice new players. The new feature discussed below, however, made waves at the World Series of Poker simply because the world of poker realized that even online poker players can have a shot at the big game.
One such feature the online poker sites offer is a tournament called "satellite." In this feature, winners would gain access to actual and live poker tournaments. Chris Moneymaker won in this entry and made it to the World Series of Poker in 2003. Winning the event caused shock to the whole poker world. The next year, about four players in the WSOP final table had entered by winning through an online cardroom. This World Series of Poker featured at least triple the number of players featured in the 2003 World Series of Poker. Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, who like Moneymaker made his entry at an online cardroom, won the 2004 World Series of Poker.
Online poker revenues seem to be increasing every year. On December 2003, online poker revenues were reported to be growing at 27 % per month. The online poker revenue for that year alone was estimated at US$ 34 million. Present figures have actually projected the revenue from online poker to reach the US$ 100 million mark. This is very probable considering that by 2005, there were an estimated 100,000 people that are playing online poker at various online poker card rooms in the Internet.