PokerRoom.com - Ten Years of Poker Online - Poker Site Articles
Let's look at Poker Room's ten-year history - eons in terms of online poker.
1999: Poker players Claes Lidell and Oskar Hörnell started building and launched their own poker site. At the time, Poker Room was only available in play-money mode. Nonetheless, one of the first poker platforms had been created and online poker history was written.
2001: Poker Room launched real-money games. Since the site already had build up a trust in the poker community, the real-money action took of rather quickly. This year, Poker Room made a profit of a whopping 9 million SEK (approximately $1,5 million.)
2003: This was a golden year for online poker: Chris Moneymaker won WSOP Main Event after qualifying through a $10 satellite and everyone seemed to start playing poker. In the end of 2003, Poker Room had 1.4 million registered players.
2004: Poker Room became part of Poker Network (Ongame) together with eight other poker sites - all based on Poker Room's software. Two offices opened, Stockholm, Sweden and San Jose, Costa Rica. The network now had 3.5 million registered users.
2005: Poker Room was awarded "IT Company of the Year" by Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer. The network had 230 employees and 6 million players. The trade magazine Inside Edge appointed Poker Room Site of the Year.
2006: Ongame was sold to betandwin.com for $570 million, and was once again awarded Poker Site of the Year.
2007: bwin became the largest publically listed online betting company.
PokerRoom is no longer available, but the software certainly is. Go to bwin poker to find out how the poker room is today.