Online Poker Industry Gaining StrengthPublished October 31, 2012 by OCR Editor
Player numbers in online poker tournaments have risen.
Online poker profits and player numbers are on the up, suggesting that the internet poker industry is once again acquiring strength. Statics released by the specialist magazine eGaming Review show gross gaming yield in online poker has risen for the first time in two years to hit €249 million. Gross gaming yield (GGY) is the percentage of bets kept by online poker operators - namely, their profits. More people are playing poker online to: the average numbers of players in tournaments and ring games was up to 95,600.
Is Asia the Source of Growth?
Industry commentators are speculating that the growing popularity of online poker on the Asian continent could be the reason for the sector's first profit increase in two years. Online poker is still unregulated in the region - one advantage of which is that poker operators have more freedom to design offers and services attractive to Asian players.
Potential Benefits for Poker Players Everywhere
Hopefully online poker rooms will be keen to bring in these larger numbers of players and will step up their promotional battle. When poker operators compete, players benefit. We're likely to see even more tournaments, more guaranteed prize pots and more freerolls. For poker rooms already offering these benefits to players, try Bet365 Poker, 888 Poker, or William Hill Poker.