The Internet is a great place to play poker, and major online cardrooms offer numerous features to attract new players. Various features allow players to enter real-life poker tournaments, including satellite tournaments. In 2003, Chris Moneymaker won an entry to the World Series of Poker and won the main event, sparking a worldwide poker boom. The 2004 WSOP featured three times as many players as the 2003 World Series of Poker. In addition, four players in the final table of the 2004 WSOP won their seats through an online cardroom, including the eventual winner, Greg Raymer.
Some players attempt to manipulate the game by influencing the odds of the cards being dealt. A 5% win rate in a casino would earn a player less than $4 per hour, and the player would barely break even after tipping the dealer. On average, a player in an online poker room can earn about $24 per hour if he makes good decisions within the allotted time at each table. While this may sound like an impossible task, the potential for detection by a third party is high. There are sophisticated tracking software systems that detect these kinds of patterns, but these are not publicly available.
IDN Poker’s success in Asia is a direct result of its rapid growth. While IDNPoker started its journey in Cambodia, it has now branched out to other countries and a large number of players have joined the network. IDNPoker was the second largest poker network in the world in 2016, and is headquartered in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. In addition to hosting poker rooms, IDNPoker offers an API integration service as well as a White Label Solution for skins. In Asia alone, IDNPoker operates over 200 skins with over 10,000 concurrent players.