Professional poker players
If you had heard the names Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, or Phil Ivey 5 to 10 years ago, you would probably have had no idea who they were, but now anyone who knows anything about casino gambling, and poker in particular, will instantly recognize those names as belonging to some of the best known professional poker players in the world. While poker is a game that has been played for hundreds of years, it was always one that was associated with smoky back rooms and illegal tournaments, but the sudden popularity of online casinos went a long way to changing that, and making household names out of the players who had been making a living playing the game for years. What it also did was create a place where the amateur player could go to hone their poker skills without being taken to the cleaners by the existing pros. The popularity of poker, and Texas Hold Em in particular, created a whole new breed of poker players who made the step from computer screen to live table events in an attempt to topple the big boys. The turning point came at the World Series of Poker in 2003, when Chris Money-maker became the first player to become World Champion after qualifying for the tournament at an online poker site. That year there were 839 entrants in the tournament, but Money-maker’s success inspired a whole new breed of online poker players, and by 2006, the number of entrants at the WSOP hit over 8,000. Not everyone can be a Money-maker, but Royal Vegas can still live the dream by testing their skills at RV’s Poker Timetables. Perhaps it might be you who goes from online player to WSOP bracelet winner.