Does Poker Have a Future as an E-sport?

Poker will always continue to be around, but in what form? Will the Global Poker League’s efforts to sportify the game turn it irrevocably into an e-sport or will “pure, traditional poker” and “e-sports poker” exist on separate planes into the future.

That, and many more interesting facets of the issue are discussed and explored in this op-ed.

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Only If You Bring Them (Poker Players) Will They Come

With multiple PokerStars-sponsored live events having taken place in Atlantic City New Jersey this year only managing to deliver low attendance figures, here’s an op-ed that suggests one way to ensure that more poker players come to play.

While online marketing can be successful if you get potential poker players to click a few times, the key to live event marketing is making it as easy as possible for the poker players to come to the event destination. In the case of Atlantic City, New Jersey events, that means you’ve gotta bus players in.

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On Phil Galfond’s New Online Poker Site: Competition is Good

We’re all quite used to seeing the big name online poker operators making moves these days, so it’s refreshing to see of the game’s top players trying to instigate a paradigm shift. Phil Galfond has a stellar reputation and record both at and away from the poker tables. He’s on a bold mission to change things up in online poker by trying to create a site that caters to ALL players, both recreational and professional.

Here are some thoughts on that and an opinion on whether the initiative is likely to succeed or not.

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Finally! PlayWPT Gives Legitimacy to Play Money Poker

The World Poker Tour has innovated a brand new concept with their PlayWPT product, namely, they’ve managed to create a play money environment where the stakes actually matter. By setting ground rules in which players have to purchase play money chips and treating the game with the full integrity of real money poker play, they’ve given true legitimacy to the concept of “social gaming” for the first time.

Learn more about their innovative new product in this review.

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3 Ways for 888poker to Better Compete with PokerStars

When you think online poker, you don’t just think “PokerStars” anymore. Still the far-and-away #1 in the business, PokerStars could see some real competition from the thus-far-also-rans, like 888poker, if the latter pick up their game.

We’ve got some suggestions for just how 888poker could become a more serious competitor to the world’s largest poker site. Have a look.

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Fantasy GPL? I Wouldn’t Bet On It

Not everyone is convinced that the Global Poker League will engender a frenzy of betting on poker players and teams.

This op-ed posits that further fan engagement is needed before betting on poker becomes the norm. Read on to understand why.

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