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QQWIN99 in Australia
We all hear the common reasons behind the “Poker Boom”. The Cranky Olde Coot even wrote an article about them a couple of weeks ago. We all tend to be jingoistic about our lives, which means we think what happens where we live is the way it is everywhere else. That, of course, is not true. By example let’s look at how the Poker Boom played out in Australia.
In January 2006, I covered the Aussie Millions QQWIN99 tournament in Melbourne. I want to thank several Australian friends for talking with me about the whole subject of poker and Australia. Their assistance for this article was essential.
Television is the most often cited reason for the poker boom and in particular the hole card cam. But while the poker boom in the US is often pegged to the Chris Moneymaker win in 2003, the televised version of big poker tournaments didn’t even hit down under until 2004 when the World Poker Tour began showing itself on cable television.
joeHCasinos in Australia began to notice an increased interest in poker in 2004 but the real explosion came in 2005 when Australian Joe Hachem won the main event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Anyone connected with poker will tell you that of the recent WSOP Champions, Joe has done the most for the game. In Australia he did everything.
If a casino didn’t have a poker room when Hachem won the WSOP, they had one open by the end of the year.
American Public Supports Poker
According to a poll, conducted by RT Strategies National Omnibus Pollsters, Americans, by a two to one margin (51 percent – 21 percent) oppose government attempts to ban Internet poker, and strongly support federal regulation of Internet poker as a means to …