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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Interview with Head of GPL/GPI Poker Content Eric Danis

On the latest episode of the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast (#270), together with my co-host Bruce Briggs, I interviewed Eric Danis, Head of Poker Content for the Global Poker League/Global Poker Index.

Listen to the entirety of Episode 270 of the podcast, which includes the interview with Eric starting at the 14-minute mark. You can also read the transcript.

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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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Will the GPL Cause Webcam Online Poker Play to Take Off?

Webcam poker debuted on the online poker scene years ago, but it hasn’t really caught on. The Global Poker League (GPL) utilizes webcams rather effectively in broadcasting heads-up matched via Twitch live streaming. Will this boost webcam poker play among recreational online poker players? I think there’s only one realistic way this would happen. Read on to find out what that is.

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3 Reasons You Should Care About the Global Poker League

The Global Poker League is officially set to launch with it’s first official player draft, on February 25, 2016. There has been tons of buzz and coverage both within the poker industry as well as in the mainstream press. Especially for poker fans, it seems like the right thing to do is jump aboard the GPL train and support the venture. We’re here to give you a list of 3 reasons why it’s not just all hype and why Alex Dreyfus’ GPL deserves your support.

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