A Timeline of Poker Online in Brazil
From its inception in the early 1800s and for decades to follow, poker was known for its intimate in-person setting, with players positioned around a gaming table. Over the past 20 years, the iconic game has embraced technological advances. Online poker in Brazil popped up in the late 1990s and opened up a new digital world for players.
In the years to follow, online poker sites were born and paved a new pathway to Las Vegas’ World Series of Poker. Online tournaments’ top prizes were a coveted seat at the main event. Once Chris Moneymaker not only won a seat via a PokerStars online satellite tournament, but also became the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion, the digital poker boom erupted in Brazil and many great players emerged – such as Alexandre Gomes, João Simão, André Akkari and Thiago Nishijima.
In the eight years to follow, more casual at-home players took their talents to the internet in hopes of becoming the next Moneymaker or Greg Raymer. As a result, more and more online poker real money sites were born to cater to the heavy demand.
Poker started to grow really fast in Brazil and is very popular nowadays. Even though gambling is still illegal in the country, poker is treated as a skill sport – under the consent coming from the Brazilian Ministry of Sports. Brazil has hosted major live poker tournament series in the past, such as the WSOP Circuit Brazil, Partypoker MILLIONS South America and the Latin American Poker Tour.