In less than fifteen years, online poker has evolved from nothing to a multi-billion dollar industry. With hundreds of thousands of simultaneously connected players involved in monetary transactions every minute, it is a most demanding context in terms of security. However, this brief history of shows that the present state of this industry was more reached through a process of trial and error rather than the result of adequate design and testing process. The nature of the security risks encountered range from very technical to fully linked to the human factor. Today's most successful sites, that players choose to trust, are those that have performed the best to protect their players in this "Wild West" type of environment.
Alix Martin, a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom Paris, had had a career in digital TV and Telecommunications. He is now self-employed and offers software and services to online poker players.