Thursday, April 28, 2011

pokerstars city

As of this writing, Poker Stars is the most popular poker venue not only in the world, but in the history of poker. Online or brick-and-mortar, it doesn't matter.

There's not currently, and there never has been, another card room in which so many people congregate so routinely to play poker for such sums of money. If you took one of the largest buildings in the world—for example, the Lockheed-Martin manufacturing plant in Fort Worth, Texas...

...and filled it with tables, stretching off into the distance, you'd have yourself a casino which could handle maybe 1% of Poker Stars traffic. Maybe 5% if you pack them like sardines.

With well over 120,000 players at peak hours, Poker Stars isn't really a card room at all.

It's a small city.

Controlled by a mysterious group of investors, operating behind the veil of privacy.

Nothing wrong with privacy; given the politics surrounding online poker, I positively understand it. But in the absence of hard information, rumors abound: Poker Stars is owned by a group of top poker players; a cadre of eccentric billionaires; foreign governments; you name it. I challenge anyone reading this (other than Poker Stars staff and other industry insiders) to answer the question:

Who owns Poker Stars? Who owns Rational Entertainment Enterprises, Ltd.?

Because that's a tough nut to crack, when you're on the outside looking in. And inquiring minds want to know.

source-- How I Built a Working Online Poker Bot, Part 5: Deciphering Poker Stars and Full Tilt

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