The 1980’s and 90’s saw a slow but steady rise in the general popularity of poker and, specifically, tournament poker. The World Series of Poker continued to gain international acclaim exponentially each and every year inspiring the creation of new tournament organizations. As young tournaments evolved and – in most cases – flourished in the hospitable gambling environment of the late 20th century, spectator awareness of poker was fostered. The turn of the millennium saw the advent of televised tournament poker and the rise in general game popularity took an abrupt leap. Experimentally at first, then with incredible rapidity, poker was embraced by internet technology. The online gambling industry of the 21st century is a major corporate contender bringing in millions of dollars every fiscal period.
Today, spectators and players all over the world pore over seemingly infinite poker resources and are able to access tournament games with satellite television transmissions from virtually any point on the globe. More and more people are playing poker at home, in casinos, and online and poker players are employing a bewildering variety of resources – including self-help books, online research, computerized gaming software, guided poker seminars etc. – to gain skill.
Amid the generalized global unrest of the turn of this century, poker has steadfastly claimed the throne as the 21st century King of Games.