Planet Poker

About Planet Poker

Planet Poker will always have a place in the history of online poker for being the first online poker room.

The site opened in 1998, a half-decade before the poker boom began. The software that the site used in the beginning was very primitive, but this was understandable since the internet itself was still in its infancy. After a security issue scared off some players, Planet added popular poker author Mike Caro and Roy Cooke (as cardroom manager) to their team to improve the site's reputation.

Planet's primitive software allowed other competitors to enter the market and overtake Planet. Paradise came along with better (and stable) software, PartyPoker came along with better marketing, and Pokerstars came along with better customer service and tournaments.

In response to the UIGEA, Planet Poker suspended real money games in March 2007. They were unable to find an ecommerce processor to work with, so they transferred players' remaining funds to Bodog's poker room. They continued to offer play money poker games poker and stated that they hoped to eventually return to real money operations when the legal climate becomes friendlier.

Although Planet Poker failed to leverage their first-mover advantage into a role as an industry leader, they operated with complete integrity for 9 years and set the standard for others to follow.


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Another of my friends played on here last month. Lost 2 grand and is pissed. Seems some of the guys ADMITTED to him they were cheating, one even sent him back 100 bucks because he felt bad!Screw this place

Blackjack777 on June 29, 2005

Hi Guys Paul Again,As a gambler we all no doubt recognize and accept the "laws of average" factor.It cannot and will not be denied. I play Blackjack at a local casino. I usually play at the $25 minimumtable for hours at a time. I have seen dealers go on fantastic streaks of luck as well as players. Suddenly a reversal of fortunes surfaces and it goes vice versa. The same trends occur when I play in the casino's poker room, I can go an hour, sometimes more without getting involved in a hand, no viable pockets to even play loose with. While online I experience the same trends. I go bad and then suddenly I get a rush of winning pockets. As for the droughts occurring after money withdrawals from online poker rooms, it's just a coincidence. I would love to blame my droughts on rigged software. The other night there were over 80,000 players online at one time. Now just how in the world do you figure they singled you out? Out of the entire population of "players currently online" do you suppose any software can do that?!!!They can deliver weak pockets which I refer to as a "lags" because they delay your game as any good poker player will bide his time and wait, wait, wait and wait some more if need be for a viable hand.The community board may be a tad juiced as well, but then again it is going to lose for you and win for you in turn, as the "laws of average" kicks in again! Same thing at a Blackjack table when a player does the opposite move with his/her hand as he should and then the dealer instead of making a solid hand, BUSTS! Nobody wants to kick the lame player unless the dealer makes a 21. Same thing in online poker rooms. You seem to remember the "bad beats" more predominantly than the hands you committed the bad beat on yourself. Human nature, we are basically negative creatures. Some more than others, thus the constant complaining and finger pointing. A decent comparison for the online community boards would be looking back to when you were learning poker as a kid, remember when deuces were wild? That creates excitement and more possibilities for everyone's hand involved. Again, it works for you and against you within the guidelines of the "laws of average". It's how you play the winning hands that differs the winners from losers.Maximize your wins and minimize your losses. It's just that simple. Rigging? Yes. But not individual conspiracies! Well guys/gals that's the way I see it.

PaulsGTO on April 12, 2005

used to be a good site but they changed software and it is terrible now.lots of tech problems and uses up all your comp resources just to log in.seems to be cheating going on

prezz on April 1, 2005

Horrible. Used to be good, but this site has gone downhill fast. Their biggest problem is customer cheating. A lot of that goes around. I played on it a lot in the past, now I am cashing out never to return.

Blackjack777 on March 26, 2005

Really good software, but takes forever to connect and the drop-outs are crazy. They were also down for "scheduled maintenance" for almost two days with no noticable change in the software. There is rarely anybody on during the morning/mid-afternoon times so you end up having to stay on a waiting list most of the time. There bonus is nearly impossible to achive. You have to get 10x the amount of your bonus in planet points. In 3 days of solid play in a NL $25 table, I only achieved 14 planet points. Since my bonus amount was $25.00, that would equate to 250 planet points which would put me into next year before seeing that bonus (which they took away immediately after I cashed out my initial deposit).

Ishtumba on January 10, 2005

I was disconnected so many times in the middle of hands it was pathetic. When I cashed out, they took my deposit bonus. I was disconnected so often I didn't play enough hands. Tech support blamed me, even though later on their whole site crashed and was out of commission most of the night.

slim on November 25, 2004

Ridiculous software. Go play somewhere else.

planetmars on September 14, 2004

This is an underrated site and not a site most people play on regularly even though the games are looose and the traffic is just high enough to get a game anytime. I hope they make a comeback.

kk. on July 7, 2004

you actually can play more than one table at a time

none on March 4, 2004