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"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn poker. The game, after all, has gone hand in hand with our history for almost two centuries now. Since its development on Mississippi riverboats, poker-with its risk-loving bravado-has echoed the ways we've done battle and business. With its frontier spirit intact, poker is now our most popular card game-maybe our favorite game, period-though because of our Puritan strain, we remain nervous about it."

-James McManus, The New York Times, June 25, 2005

2.9 million

Young people aged 14 to 22 who gamble on cards on a weekly basis

ParadisePoker.com Hosted an average 1.8 million games of poker each day in the third quarter last year, a 96% increase from the same period in 2004

5%

Share of participants of the World Series of Poker who are women

29,000+

Participants in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas last year, more than double the previous year

$12 billion: Estimated spending on Internet gambling last year, up from $8.3 billion in 2004

$2 billion: Amount wagered on sports in Las Vegas each year

1.8 million: People who play online poker each month, wagering an average of $200 million a day

445 Commercial casinos in the U.S., generating nearly $29 billion in gross revenue in 2004

$90.7 million: Amount waged on the 2005 Super Bowl in Nevada, up from $81.2 million in 2004

$103 million: Total prize money available for last year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas

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