By the time Planet Poker recovered,
By the time Planet Texas Hold'em Poker recovered, Paradise had established a foothold, and the online poker industry got its first taste of competition. Almost overnight, Paradise Texas Hold'em Poker attained instant success, and its customer base soon surpassed Planet’s, despite Planet’s growth continuing at a record pace. In a few short months, the number of concurrent players at peak times grew from 400 at Planet to 1500 at Planet and Paradise combined, with Paradise emerging as the clear industry leader with superior features and improved stability.
Planet staff recognized that it would take time to catch up to Paradise Online Hold'em Poker on the technical front. Planet focused on providing the highest level of integrity and security for their customers.  Mike Caro was engaged as one of the most respected, recognized names in online hold'em poker to guide and represent Planet Online Hold'em Poker’s operation. The "mad genius of poker" provided instant credibility to Planet Online Hold'em Poker and the online online hold'em poker industry as a whole.