7.81

bwin is one of the biggest players in online gaming and has been offering games on the internet since 1999, when it was founded under its original name, Simon Bold Ltd. Two years later - in 2001 - the Austrian public company bwin Interactive Entertainment AG bought the company, giving it its new name. In addition to poker, bwin also offers betting, casino and different kinds of games, such as Euro Fotball Manager and Freak of the Week.

7.74

Betway.com launched in April, 2006, and is currently one of the fastest growing poker rooms. It is licensed by the Malta Lottery and Gaming Authority (LGA), which translates into tax-free winnings for its players. Betway.com has launched in 19 European countries since its inception. Its total number of players is unknown, but it is certainly a very active poker room with tens of thousands of active players.

7.68

Betsson launched its poker site on 30th June, 2004. Betsson is a member of the Ongame poker network, which also counts The Poker Club and PokerRoom as members. Ongame is one of the largest networks with approximately 6 million users per day. One of Betsson's best features is that it offers two clients. One client works as normal: you download a file and install it on your computer. The second one is Java based and developed to allow you to play directly in your browser, without installing any software.

7.55

Expekt.com was established in 1999. Originally a bookmaker, the site has since gone on to provide a casino, poker and, in recent times, a games section. In October of 2005, Expekt left the Prima Poker network to join the newly started Tain Poker one. Unfortunately, Expekt experienced significant problems during the change, with its poker client remaining unserviceable for almost two weeks.

7.55

Full Tilt Poker was started in July of 2004 by a group of poker professionals who were tired of the same old poker rooms. From a small original group consisting of Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey and Chris Ferguson, the team grew and now includes 12 of the world's best players. The last two to have joined the main group are Mike Matusow and Gus Hansen In addition to these 12, there is also a large group called the "Full Tilt Pros", who are called in at special occasions for tournaments or events.

7.50

Party Poker is currently one of the world's most visited poker rooms, both for normal games and tournaments. Party Poker used to be part of a network that included Empire Poker and MultiPoker, among others. This network was clearly the largest in the world as regards members. After the network broke up, with Party Poker going it alone, the number one slot has become less clear - is it Party Poker or PokerStars? This fight for first place is certain to continue and, depending on who is doing the counting, either one can clain top spot.

7.41

Titan Poker has only been going since September 2005, but it is already one of the biggest players in the iPoker network. With its aggressive marketing and stable product, as well as some of the sector's best bonus offers and events, Titan Poker has built up a stable base of players. Titan Poker has set its sights high and is doing everything it can to become one of the leaders in the sector. The road ahead is arduous, although it bodes well for its players, who will be taken care of at Titan Poker.

7.18

After its introduction, 24hPoker experienced a difficult time with relatively few players. This changed in 2004, especially during the autumn, when 24hPoker grew approximately 50%. 24hPoker is part of Swedish company, 24hPoker AB, which also offers sports betting and a casino. 24hPoker AB is also behind B2B, the network that includes 24hPoker and which is growing steadily as more and more poker rooms sign up. Most of its players come from Scandinavia, with Sweden contributing the majority, although more and more players from abroad are visiting the site.

7.08

Everest Poker is a new player in the online poker sector. Everest Poker offers a unique user experience as it is the first poker client that has been fully translated into Swedish. Every aspect is in Swedish, from players' buttons, through the chat functionality and up to customer support. This means it is extremely easy to understand and very user friendly. Obviously, this makes Everest Poker a great site for beginners, especially those who feel less confident in their English.

BestPoker launched in May of 2005 and quickly became a popular poker room in Scandinavia. It used to belong to the BestPoker B2B network, but on 15th December, 2006, it went over to the Ongame Network.

It is the only Ongame member to offer a poker statistics program, add-a-friend functionality and a VIP store where players can shop for a variety of different products with their accumulated Player Points.

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Eurobet started organised betting on the internet as early as 1996, making it one of the first companies in this growing market. In 1999, Eurobet became part of Coral, which was, and still is, one of Great Britain’s leading bookmakers. Since then, it has increased its operations to include both casino and poker.

InterPoker is a very popular poker room that serves as the flagship for the Cryptologic network. InterPoker is managed by InterCasino, one of the world's biggest casinos. InterPoker is a member of the Cryptologic network and therefore shares players with other poker rooms, such as William Hill Poker During 2004, the number of players on the Cryptologic network more than quadrupled and it is currently the fastest growing poker network.

Cassava Enterprises Ltd owns Pacific Poker, as well as Casino-on-Net, which is one of the world's largest casinos and was launched as early as 1996. So, they definitely have the experience to manage and handle a poker room. Pacific Poker was one of the first poker rooms and as many casino players also tried out poker, good players found the game very loose and rewarding. Unfortunately, Pacific also suffered a bit from being one of the first ones.

PokerStars counts as the next largest and most popular online poker room. It has really grown over the last couple of year, mainly due to the highly positive publicity it received when Chris Moneymaker and Greg "Fossilman" Raymer won the World Series of Poker in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Both had won their seats through PokerStars tournaments. However, even before that, PokerStars was known as one of the absolute best poker rooms with good, stable software and a lot of tournaments. PokerStars is one of the few poker rooms not to offer new users a bonus.

Ladbrokes is actually an English company that is now also offering online poker. Ladbrokes has a long tradition of offering various kinds of betting. Back in 1886, when the company was founded, it offered gambling on horses. When the British government legalised sports betting in the 1960s, Ladbrokes established various bookmakers around the country and was also the first one to introduce betting on football using set odds.

Pkr

The future of online poker is here... so says Pkr in one of its video clips offering an insight into Pkr's software. And you should probably get ready to agree with them. Pkr has really made an effort to create as realistic an environment as possible and the decision to use 3D is a very interesting step in its search for the ultimate poker room. The result is a very interesting and exciting poker room where the environment contributes to increasing the feeling of playing in a live casino.

Unibet has offered poker games since 2004 and is a member of Microgaming's network. Just like its Swedish competitor, Expekt, Unibet was a company that put it all into betting from the beginning. In recent years, however, it has chosen to follow the poker trend and make inroads into that area. Unibet is a popular poker room that has grown significantly since it joined Microgaming's network, in 2006. The move has resulted in, among other advantages, higher player traffic and more tournaments for its players to choose from.

Mansion Poker is one of the newest additions to the poker world. Mansion is, however, very clear about its goal: to be one of the leading online poker rooms. A lot of time has been spent by Mansion Poker to offer players as good an alternative as possible. The software has been in development for two years in order to make it as sharp as possible.  At the same time, over 100 people were hired for their support department, ready to provide help to its players from day one.

Betfair is the world's largest online sports betting company. When they launched their poker room, Betfair Poker, in the Cryptologic network, it quickly became popular as it gave all their sports betting customers simple access to poker. In autumn of 2005, Betfair bought PokerChamps, along with their software company, Aglet. This could mean a change of network for Betfair Poker, although it is not yet certain.