Barcelona, Spain (PRWEB) March 26, 2012
Poker hit the web in the mid 00s and has since never ceased to grow in popularity. But governments around the world have decided that now is the time to impose regulations on online gambling and as a result you may have noticed that playing poker with real money is getting tougher and tougher (especially for US citizens).
In the mean time, playing poker with virtual chips on social networks has never been as booming. These so called social free poker games owe their popularity to the fact that while being built around a game you usually find in a casino; because players can’t cash out their winnings, for legislators, it’s not gambling so they (and the companies running them) are alright with them.
Now the companies running these models are seriously considering adding cash out options once the game will be regulated, and the companies running real money poker rooms are looking at social poker games as a way of not only offering a different version of the game, but also penetrating virgin territories such as social networks or mobile devices.
It’s going to be a war of the worlds when these gaming giants collide, but undoubtedly poker players will come out as winners, as the competition will generate new products and new offers for the end users…
In the mist of it all, a company based on the Spanish coast of Barcelona has launched Soda Poker, a social poker room that aims to offer a serious alternative to other poker rooms.
First off, they have managed to keep the registration process simple, and players can register and play (for free) in just a few clicks. “The idea is to get them seated at the poker table in just a few seconds without asking them for too much personal information, because that’s what today gamers want is: all the fun without the fuss.” says Oliver Crane who is heading the development of the project.
Also according to Crane, Soda Poker has been developed around a social aspect that is nonexistent in casinos or in real money online poker rooms where the warfare over the precious chips is a lot more aggressive. Soda Poker on the other hand has been designed to be a lot friendlier, as many of the features are inspired by the online dating industry.
Soda Poker is built on a freemium (it’s the contraction of free and premium) model, meaning that players can play without having to deposit real money. But if they want to play the higher stakes they can always buy into the premium model and get more chips allowing them to play at a higher level.
Because players don’t actually bet with real money, Soda Poker is a totally risk free game, poker fans can just play for the fun of the game. It’s really the closest they’ll get to playing a home game with their friends, and that’s why it’s one of the fastest growing social poker communities and why a lot of people think it’s one of the hottest places to be dealt cards on the web right now.
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