Dublin-based social casino studio KamaGames is marking the sixth anniversary of the launch of its flagship Pokerist Texas Poker app, which has attracted some 81 million players since launch.

Pokerist went live on May 28th 2010 as KamaGames' first product launch, going on to amass 81 million players since then, with the company marking the anniversary with special tournaments and unique give-aways. 

"We are incredibly proud of Pokerist’s huge success over the years and wanted to say a big thank you to all of our players and supporters that have made the game what it is," KamaGames managing director Andrey Kuznetsov said.

"Through our own extensive insights into our global player ecosystem, it’s been fantastic to see that Pokerist is more than just a social casino game, it is a place to meet with friends and make new connections with likeminded players of casual games.

"Pokerist’s incredible reach and long lasting legacy provides KamaGames with a unique view into the social casino ecosystem. As part of the game’s 6th anniversary, we wanted to really focus on the mind-set and understand the psychology of the player," he said. 

Kuznetsov revealed that players do not access the game simply for the free-to-play poker product, but also to interact with other players, with this peer-to-peer communication more popular than the actual game in some territories. 

Over the past six years more than 4bn player-to-player chat messages have passed across the tables, with 1.3bn private messages sent between players and over 200m new connections made. 

This high level of social interaction is matched by the number of games played, the company said, with 2.8tn hands of poker played since 2010 and more than 70,000tn chips won.  

"We are incredibly lucky to have such an in -depth game insight solution here at KamaGames which not only allows us to focus on our areas of growth but also gives us some eye -opening and fun facts too,” Kuznetsov added.

“For example, it was interesting to see that Norway was the home of some of our most hard-core players in terms of time spent, however, it was Hong Kong and Singapore that have the more advanced players in the game.”