Yahoo offers play-for-fun poker games that attract thousands of players at peak times as part
of its Yahoo! Games channel, but the interface for those games is woefully inferior to the free games offered by Pokerstars, which in addition to their free
games also offer real money games and tournaments.
Yahoo's interest in poker and other gambling extends further. In January 2005, Yahoo disclosed its intention to create Yahoo Betting
to offer peer-to-peer sports wagering to UK and European residents.
Less than two weeks later, eGaming Review Magazine published a story that Yahoo further intended to take the next step in
the e-gaming world by opening its own online poker card room.
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Subsequent to the initial eGaming Review story however, they printed a denial from Yahoo that stated they had no serious interest
in a online poker room. Two years later though, Yahoo reversed course and did begin offering real money games. Given its history,
it certainly is no surprise Yahoo is the first major Internet company to open an online poker room.
Yahoo Poker and Yahoo Betting do not take bets from American citizens, and as yet have done next to nothing to promote their online
poker room, but the entry of one of the leading Internet companies, with profits of hundreds of millions of dollars, into the online
gambling landscape is a development that should someday be much more interesting than it is today.
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