Originally Posted by Daniel72
I have heard that in the beginning there was some sort of text based poker room without any graphics , which Chris "Jesus" Ferguson used ?!?
In his history of poker, Cowboys Full
, James McManus notes that in 1989 Ferguson and a couple of "geek friends" came across a site called IRCPoker.net which was apparently developped at Berkeley. The site featured "the first computer program capable of dealing, keeping track of bets, and awarding the pot to the best hand."
McManus doesn't say whether the site was text based.
I do know that in the early 1990's CF and a fairly sizable number of poker notables were members a usenet group called rec.gambling and they played a sort of verbal poker sometimes. This was a part of the freenet system which was in place before the dot com explosion. A friend of mine was a member of this group.