Poker has changed a lot throughout the recent years. One must wonder, what the game will be like in let’s just say 20 years from now. Since it has already changed a lot in the last 20 years, it is not easy to imagine what it will be like in the future. This article will explain the possibilities of what the popular game will be like in the future.
There has been signs pointing out to the fact that the game might have already reached its peak in the mid-2000s, but however there are some professionals who do believe that there will be a resurgence for the game in the future. They are hopeful that this resurgence will come once it becomes fully regulated in the United States. Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso stated that it really boils down to what the U.S. decides to do. She also mentioned that as of now the game has found a healthy balance for its future if it does not become legalized in the U.S.
Why the USA?- As of now, the USA has continued to remain to be the most significant market for online poker. The entire industry is still having effects from Black Friday back in 2011.
In recent years, the states of Nevada and New Jersey opened up to the online market. Professionals in the poker industry hopes that soon other states will become opened to it. Rousso has stated that if it does come back in the United States, then there will be another little rise because of all the trends that has been occurring in the country. She also stated that it would kind of be like a mini-Moneymaker effect if they are lucky.
Since gambling has been becoming more and more regulated, it is expected to be only a matter of time. It can happen anywhere in between 5 to 10 years from now. Roy Bahsin, online Australian pro agrees with Rousso. She told the media that it is looking to be a bleak because of all of the regulation that has been occurring in the world. Also she factored in that there are many sites who do not let players in certain places, but however thinks that it is a necessary step in order to regulate the game to potentially have a global player field in the future.
Many players believe that the game is slowly but surely making a comeback even though the strict regulation has kept poker from growing a lot in these past few recent years.
According to Bhasin, the goal is to eventually get more people interested in the game and have it in a way in that it is responsible and safe so that people can enjoy it.
Changes in Poker- In these recent years, laws and regulations have not been the only thing that has changed in the poker world. Even though it seems as if No-Limit Hold’em has already reached its peak, there is another game that seems to be growing little by little. The name of that game is Pot-Limit Omaha.
Bahsin has explained that PLO has not exploded like No-Limit Hold’em. Then she continued by saying she cannot see the same thing happen to PLO and that it will gain popularity slowly as time moves forward and people become tired of Hold’em and will begin to want something that is new.
PLO is perfect for those who learned a lot about No-Limit Hold’em from watching the WSOP on the ESPN channel.
Even though PLO is much more of a complex game, the rules behind it are easy explain to those that are No-Limit Hold’em players and can be explained in simple terms such as add two hole cards.
No-Limit Hold’em has become tougher in recent time, but PLO is unsolved. Many players think that after the game is understood, it is more fun.
Poker vet Gary Benson also thinks that as of now PLO is ready for the primetime market. He has even stated that PLO is becoming a larger cash game than No-Limit Hold’em.
There is more to poker than PLO and No-Limit Hold’em. Even though this is the case, many who were raised playing this game have started to play some of the games that are more uncommon. Some think that at some point, there might be a resurgence of the mix games coming along. Super Stud, Badeucy, Razzdugi, and Badacy are just some of the new exciting mixed games.
As of right now, No-Limit Hold-em is a game that is much analyzed in the world. In fact, it is one of the most analyzed games. Since this is the case, it only makes sense for a lot of players to want to try some of the lesser known games.