Gaming Industry Optimistic About Online Poker's Future
The Global Gaming Expo took place at the end of last month in Las Vegas, and although the main focus of it appeared to many in the press and other observers to be about sports betting, the state of online poker was discussed, and the prognosis of many insiders was a positive one, something that might surprise many, given the drip drip drip of negativity that has surrounded the online game in recent years.
Although most online gaming companies are no longer prioritizing online poker, at least not to the same extent that they were doing 10 to 15 years ago, there did seem to be a general consensus that the format was going to boom again, and that the gaming companies were not going to walk away from that at all. New technology in the form of the virtual reality game is expected to draw people in, and also the way that many poker sites are focusing on more casual players rather than the pros and the sharks that scared off so many before.
The fact that PokerStars is no longer considered untouchable has also boosted many competitors to realize that they too, can compete at that level. It's all a lot more open than it used to be, and the gaming companies have definitely noticed that. The slow progress towards legislation among various states in the US is also opening eyes.
All in all, the movers and shakers of the gaming world are bullish on online poker.