On this page we've listed summaries of the most important news events of December 2004
December 31, 2004 - The latest evidence of pokers continuing surge in popularity can be seen in the immediate and continuing success of recently launched Bluff Magazine, a print publication based in Atlanta GA.
December 31, 2004 - Check 'N Raise Poker.com is out of the tournament gates for 2005 early with the announcement of their 'Lucky Dozen' January promotion, which will will give twelve online poker players entry into the 2005 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
December 31, 2004 - The news stories in the online poker sector are usually positive, but this week there were some reminders that failure can supervene if poker networks are not well managed.
December 31, 2004 - Poker Tour International (PTI), has announced the first quarter Texas Hold'em Poker tournaments for 2005.
December 27, 2004 - It must be the silly season - Golden Palace buying old toasted sandwiches, Sunny bidding for baseball teams and now Poker Room.com offering to stage a poker game to resolve a national hockey dispute....
December 27, 2004 - Former TV sitcom "Friends" star Matthew Perry has reportedly developed a passion for online poker playing, reports OK! magazine.
December 27, 2004 - Swish Casino Online gamblers and poker players alike will be interested in the latest online casino and poker room, Swish Casino.com, a product from Playtech-powered Club Dice and CD Poker which is owned by Crown Solution Gaming Limited out of Antigua. The clean, professional looking site carries download software and a wide range of bonuses, prizes and tournaments, all supported 24/7 through Us tollfree, email and livechat facilities. On the poker side there's a $10 000 freeroll tourney for the first 1 000 players, advanced multiplayer tables and aids like game histories, player notes and rules. No limit and pot limit games and tournaments will be offered.Last time we counted them, there were eight poker rooms on the growing Playtech iPoker network.
December 27, 2004 - Online poker market leader Party Poker has opened its popular gambling tournament Million 2005 to poker aficionados. Pokerheads will have a chance to try their luck and skills at this event for the fourth time.
December 27, 2004 - Theres a poker cruise coming up on February 6, 2005 on the Mariner of the Seas from the esteemed Royal Caribbean line out of Port Canaveral, Florida. This is the second largest cruise ship on the high seas.
December 27, 2004 - Party Poker's Empire Poker has offered to finance baseball club Expos move to a Washington D.C. stadium for $500 Million.
December 27, 2004 - WagerLogic Limited, a global leading provider of online gaming software announced today that its licensees first ever Caribbean Poker Classic has proven to be a major success with pros and online poker players alike. This cross-licensee land-based poker championship event was held on the beautiful Caribbean island of St Maarten and concluded on December 11th. 157 entrants from around the world 110 online qualifiers and 47 $5,100 buy-ins descended on the island to bask in the sun and battle for an exciting prize pool in excess of $750,000.
December 19, 2004 - What do poker players want this Christmas? A product that has become a raging success as the result of the poker phenomenon.
December 19, 2004 - World PokerTour satellite competitions were being announced this week and from Albuquerque, NM to Verona, NY casinos and international online poker rooms are getting in on the action by providing poker enthusiasts a low-cost way to play their way into the prestigious $25,500-a-seat World Poker finale. The event is expected to attract 1000 players with an estimated prize pool of $25 million.
December 19, 2004 - Empire Poker hit the headlines early this week with the results of a fun survey to which 42 percent of it's player responded.
December 19, 2004 - Increasing numbers of smart poker players have been talking about Poker Da Vinci, a cool software product for both newbie or seasoned player that compares various hands in order to fine-tune play.
December 19, 2004 - During this festive season, the promo " Santa Claus is Coming to Town" on Hollywood Poker.com has attracted both stars and players alike, quickly becoming a draw for the opportunity to play poker against some of the world's top celebrities.
December 19, 2004 - New kid on the poker block this week is Skybookpoker.com, a sister to the Skybook online casino and sportsbook sites that belong to Rio International Group Limited out of Costa Rica - Betrio is part of the same outfit.
December 19, 2004 - Interesting newcomer Island Poker (www.poker.cn.st) caught our attention this week with what can only be described as very bullish claims.
December 13, 2004 - Win Big Playing Poker is the most complete DVD learning system ever created for learning how to play poker like a pro, taught by four of the masters of No Limit Texas Hold em. In these simple to understand, step-by-step videos, The Hendon Mob teach you everything you need to know to go from novice to real tournament play. You will learn strategies, secrets and tips from four top tournament winning pro players as they take the viewer through Beginner, Advanced and Tournament level instruction.
December 13, 2004 - Snooker player Matthew Stevens has scooped the top prize in a million dollar poker tournament, after defeating tennis star Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Darts world champion Phil Taylor in the 888.com Pacific Poker Open last night, Sunday 12th December.
December 13, 2004 - River City Group's long awaited report ["Internet Poker - The Real Deal"] on the burgeoning Internet poker industry will be available for purchase from December 10th.
December 13, 2004 - California company NTN Hospitality Technologies has released a fully interactive, electronic version of Texas Hold 'Em on its North American iTV network, capitalizing on the game's widespread popularity by bringing the world's first fully interactive, skill-based electronic poker game to the hospitality industry.
December 13, 2004 - Veteran Norwegian poker professional Thor Hansen scored again this week when he took event number the 7 card stud tournament in the Five Diamond Poker Classic, held at The Bellagio in Las Vegas.
December 13, 2004 - Established turnkey online casino providers Net Entertainment and Futurebet have signed up with the Poker.com network as licensees, adding to its growing status as one of the largest poker software licensing companies in the online gaming market.
December 13, 2004 - The Canadian financial press was bullish on Internet poker stocks this week article on Internet poker stocks, urging Canadian investors to " Ante up on poker stocks!"
December 13, 2004 - The business importance of online poker is reflected in a Cryptologic executive appointment this week, where Andrew Goetsch became Vice President of Poker Software Development.
December 13, 2004 - Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Matthew Stevens and Phil Taylor to go head to head in $1 million poker showdown.
December 10, 2004 - "Sitting at a table with a bunch of bloggers is kinda like playing a game of chess, in a comedy club, while getting interviewed by a reporter, with the soundtrack to Oceans 11's being played by a Mariachi coverband. Oh yeah it's for your hard earned cash too." - UWannaBet
December 5, 2004 - Another Internet poker company has gone to the wall, it appears, after players in the Your Poker Network started to receive the following email from Nutz Poker:
December 5, 2004 - NBC had a complimentary word on Internet poker this week. Commenting on a story about a Tuscaloosa barkeep who has hugely boosted his business by starting a poker room and sponsoring a player to the WSOP, the US TV network reported:
December 5, 2004 - Be on the look-out for a handheld poker device and game due for launch next week by Saitek Industries as the poker juggernaut keeps on rolling.
December 5, 2004 - Winners in the UK-based Celeb Poker Classic tournament reported last week by InfoPowa have been announced.
December 5, 2004 - The spanking new, $250 million Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California has been tapped to host Fox Sports Network's (FSN) second annual Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, where 24 of the world's top players will compete.
December 5, 2004 - Fantasy Poker Challenge, home of the worlds first and only fantasy poker league, has unveiled its stunning new look this week; with a sophisticated poker-felt green and sparkling gold replacing the sky blue of the old site.