This is a discussion on Who Remembers Planet Poker ? within the online poker forums, in the Poker Rooms section; Planet Poker holds the distinction of being the first online poker room ever to offer real money games. Its initial software tests taking place in
Planet Poker holds the distinction of being the first online poker room ever to offer real money games. Its initial software tests taking place in 1997. The decision was taken to roll out real money tables in 1998, laying the first cornerstone upon which the online poker world would come to be built. Mike Caro gave the poker room celebrity endorsement, and the level of player traffic soon began to rise. The key component in Planet Poker’s success was the simple fact that at that time, they had the market cornered, as the only real money online operator around. This meant that they didn’t feel a backlash of customer losses when they had early issues such as software crashes. Despite these setbacks in the first few years, it would be hard to deny that Planet Poker had a blueprint for success. After all, many of their ideas about poker software which were implemented back then remain in operation within other online poker clients today.