The world of poker has undergone many changes over the years, and the possibility of a second boom is a topic that has long been discussed throughout the community. Twitch Poker streamer Kevin Martin tweeted last month that he believes a new poker boom is coming to the game, and the Canadian thinks that this one could be even bigger and better than the last. Could it be true?
New Energy in the Poker Community
Martin has been playing poker for eight years, and he has noticed a different energy and growth around the industry. He isn’t the only one who feels this way. Phil Galfond, who has been around the game for a long time, responded to Martin’s tweet, expressing cautious optimism.
Martin points out several indicators that suggest a new poker boom is on the horizon. First, poker is all over TV schedules, much like it was during the first boom. Second, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of poker content on multiple platforms. Finally, field size records are being broken at all live events, and there is a clamour for skilled gambling to be available.
One of the driving forces behind any new poker boom is the growth of social media and streaming platforms. This growth has allowed more people to watch and learn from professional players, and it is likely to play a significant role in any future boom.
Marketing will be crucial in making any potential boom successful. Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars played a significant role in popularising poker during the first boom. Martin believes that marketing will be just as important this time around.
However, not everyone is convinced that a second poker boom is likely to happen. Many people think that without full legalisation in the United States, it is impossible. Others criticise the state of the game following multiple cheating scandals and the rise of the stereotypical GTO player wearing a hoodie and not having any fun.
Ultimately, only time will tell if a new poker boom is on the horizon. The game is currently looking as healthy as it has for a long time, but there are still many obstacles to overcome. The poker industry will need to navigate these obstacles carefully if it hopes to capitalise on a potential boom in the future.
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