Stories from the Poker Boom

PokerStars from the Beginning

PokerstarsPokerStars opened its cyber doors to the Internet public on the inauspicious day of September 11, 2001. I first became involved with the project about eight months earlier, one of three "poker people" working with mostly "software people".

Over the years the company went from a dozen people, to a small entrepreneurial group, to a big entrepreneurial outfit, to an international private company mostly run by employees but still controlled by the entrepreneurs, to being sold to a public company now traded on NASDAQ.

Simultaneously, the Poker Boom exploded in 2003 with the launch of the World Poker Tour and Chris Moneymaker's win at the World Series of Poker. To the best of my recollection, here are some stories about PokerStars and its evolution, as well as other tales from the Poker Boom.

(More to be added in the months prior to the 2018 WSOP.)

Chris Ferguson and PokerStars
The story of how Chris Ferguson almost became the face of PokerStars (1/2/18)

A Tale of Two Cardrooms
PokerStars vs. Full Tilt Business Choices Pre-Black Friday (1/4/18)

Sponsored Poker Players
Sponsorship in the post-boom, corporate-think era (1/13/18)

The Saga of Paradise Poker
Doing everything "right" but still ending up wrong (1/3/18)

Amarillo Slim and PokerStars
When Amarillo Slim almost became the face of PokerStars (1/8/18)

Diversity Makes a (Poker) Boom, Not Monotony
Innovation made the boom, doing the same thing over and over makes stagnation (1/5/18)

How PokerStars Got Its Name
A Poker Update article on the origin of the name Galaxy Poker PokerStars