With more than 100 million poker players worldwide, there is a large demand for places to play, both online and in person. Creating an online poker website is challenging and requires following international regulations on gaming and money transfer. For the person who is serious about starting an online poker site, there is a lot more involved than just getting the game up and running.

Things You Will Need
  • Business attorney

  • Programmer(s)

  • Start-up capital

How to Create an Online Poker Website

Step 1.

Establish a corporation through the attorney. Currently, U.S. laws do not allow for a U.S. company to own and operate a gaming site. Therefore, the attorney will need to establish a viable company in a country where gaming is allowed, such as Costa Rica, with principals residing in the country in which the business is incorporated.

Step 2.

Find a reputable bank to which funds will be transferred and open an account in the corporation name.

Step 3.

Register the poker site's domain name under the corporation. Establish customer-service centers that can respond to support needs via email, telephone or live chat.

Step 4.

Purchase three servers large enough and fast enough to handle 100,000 tables with 1 million users at any given time. Three servers are essential as two will be back-ups in the event that the main server goes down.

Step 5.

Develop the website concept, look and feel. If starting from scratch with programming, programmers will need to establish the logarithms for the games, integrate cashiering options and develop an effective lobby where players select their games. If purchasing a prefabricated poker program, company programmers will need to integrate the programming into the site so that it runs smoothly and effectively without fear of being compromised by hackers.

Step 6.

Obtain an agreement with an established money transfer company that will be the cashiering company. This company should be able to readily take deposits from a wide range of international currency and payment methods and quickly disburse funds to the poker site's patrons. Their secured server will need to be linked to yours by your programmers.


To legally and effectively start an online poker site, have $500,000 for the development and implementation of the programming, cashiering and corporate governance.


U.S. residents are not allowed to own or share in profits from an online poker website.