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History of Online Gambling

November 27, 2012

This infographic takes readers through the 18-year history of online gambling, from a tiny Caribbean island in 1994 to the multi-billion dollar industry of the 2010s. This visual timeline walks us through the legal milestones, record-setting jackpots and the rapid growth of this industry. Told with engaging images and easy-to-follow highlights, this infographic illustrates that online gambling is here to stay.

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1994 Online Gaming Starts in Antigua

  • Industry began in the tiny island of Antigua. Free Trade and Processing Zone Act was passed, allowing issue of gambling licenses. Microgaming was the first to open a fully operational online casino.
  • Two brothers—Andrew and Mark Rivkin—formed the company Cryptologic (software solutions to safely handle financial transactions with unprecedented encryption designs). At the same time, both Microgaming and Starnet Communications were formed.
  • Cryptologic: first fully operational gaming platform, equipped with eCash depositing capabilities and real money account management

1996 Casino Software Goes Online

  • Cryptologic releases its very first software package under its subsidiary, WagerLogic.
  • The nonprofit Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) is established in the U.S.
  • InterCasino (one of the very first online casinos) is in full operation

1998 £500 Million Spent Online

  • Online gambling produces an annual revenue of £537,081,185

2000 Interactive Gaming Council Goes to Canada

  • ICG relocates to Vancouver and incorporates there

2001Britian Legalizes Online Gambling

  • British Channel Islands passes a bill legalizing online betting and establishing protocol standards of licensing applications
  • Gambling Review Report released; strongly suggests the legalization of all types of   Internet gambling in the U.K. This led to the U.K. Gambling Bill (a comprehensive bill legalising online betting and allowing for more land-based casinos and betting operations).

2003 eCogra (eCommerce Regulation and Online Gambling) is Formed

  • Independent organization sets and polices strict set of rules for online gaming
  • Only the best are given the eCOGRA seal of approval

2005 U.K. Gambling Act is Approved in April

  • U.K. Gambling Act is approved in April of 2005; Comprehensive bill legalizing online betting and allowing for more land-based casinos and betting operations.
  • Phil Ivey, from U.S.A., wins £1,029,137 in Monte Carlo Millions

2006 Littlewoods Casino paid over £2 million to a man from Birmingham playing Millionaires Club online slot

2007 U.K. Gambling Act Teams Up With eCOGRA

  • U.K. Gambling Act becomes enforceable with help from eCOGRA.
  • Creation of U.K. Gambling Commission, which now oversees all regulation enforcement in the areas of licensing online casinos.
  • Prevents underage/problem gambling and organized crime
  • Ensures gaming fairness through software fairness accreditations and monthly payout percentage reports
  • Issues codes of practice
  • Investigates and prosecutes illegal offenses
  • Advises the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

2008 Phil Ivey is chosen as the highest grossing online poker player with £4,849,810

  • England now serves as the model for other countries interested in regulating online gambling. No other global leader had adopted such comprehensive online gambling regulatory legislation.
  • Bertrand Grospellier from France wins £257,284 in the World Championship of Online Poker

2009 Bertrand Grospellier wins £321,606 in Texas Hold ‘Em and No Limit Hold ‘Em

2010 Alexey Makarov from Russia wins over £96,482 in the Spring Championship of Online Poker

  • Global online bingo market reaches £19.1 billion

2011 Gus Hansen from Denmark wins £2.5 million in Full Tilt Poker

  • Griffin Benger from Canada win £72,274 in Full Tilt
  • Alexey Makarov wins £51,783 in FTOPS XX Event 28 tournament and is named one of the top 5 online pokers winners of the year (with earnings of £1.15 million)
  • Cashcade Simon Collins and Patrick Solution funds digital gaming adventure “NewGame Capital”
  • Coveted online Triple Crown poker crown. Largest jackpot was £127,860, currently ranked No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 3 in the world

2012 Online gambling grows at an annual rate of 137%

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