While the U.S. online poker market can’t rebound as quickly as it was shut down on Black Friday back in 2011, a number of positive steps have been taken over the past few years. There are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of U.S. online poker, so here’s a list of five of the best ones, from Geoff Fisk.
Some poker players complain that too much money gets taken out of pots to be diverted into a poker room’s bad beat jackpot promotional fund. With that said, overall the existence of bad beat jackpots is very much a good thing.
Here are three reasons why you should embrace the idea of bad beat jackpots.
A massive 320 people will have had their lives changed forever once PokerStars’ PSPC Platinum Pass promotion has been completed in a few weeks. Watching it all unfold throughout 2018 has been astonishing, with incredible stories emerging about the players fortunate enough to have won the coveted prizes.
Beyond simply putting butts in the seats for the PSPC in the Bahamas and injecting $9 million into the $25K buy-in tournament’s prize pool, PokerStars’ year-long efforts have successfully generated a huge wave of positivity for poker. It has been a landmark promotional undertaking that ought to be applauded and greeted with industry-wide goodwill.
The WSOP Europe is undoubtedly a prestigious poker event series, yet it’s also lacking in variety. Only hold’em and omaha variants are offered as bracelet events, when there’s room for so many additional variants on the schedule.
This article lists a number of suggested events that could be added to the WSOP Europe schedule in the coming years.
As more and more players are mastering Texas Hold’em, the game is slowly but surely diminishing in popularity. New poker variants like Short Deck Hold’em and stalwarts like Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) are standing at the ready to provide the excitement that “fun players” are looking for. Perhaps the clock is ticking on NLHE’s reign atop poker’s throne?
UK student poker enthusiast Calum Grant feels that the poker scene in the UK is rather stagnant and in need of an infusion of new action and excitement. In this op-ed, he argues that Short Deck poker could be the catalyst for this to happen, and explains why introducing the game to UK poker rooms is beneficial to players and casinos alike.