Online Casino Games : Results of Year 2007 : Part Two
But the sites which still accept players from the USA have, certainly, shown growth. Thus, on the very eve of the New Year '08 PokerStars announced about achievement of 140 000 poker players simultaneously, but still these growth rates are not more than 50 percent a year.tiger
Oddly enough, the slowdown of on line poker room players was also very noticeable off the internet. For the first time over many years at the main WSOP competition there were fewer players than the previous year, at this, approximately 20 percent less. Earlier a large number of players were presented by on line poker rooms, but lowering of the number of American players online, as well as tougher rules concerning the advertising of on line poker rooms at the competition resulted in the rooms being passive in involvement of players for WSOP.
If everything is bad in america, than in Europe the situation is unclear. On the one hand, the EU did not allow the Italians, trying to ban online casino games, to do it. A new law in great britain not only legalizes online wagering as well as allows advertising online casinos, however, the company should be licensed in the EU. In connection with this, Malta, which is among the most middle of online companies in Europe, has a windfall and will manage to earn quite some money. On the other hand, Germany passed a law over New Year's Eve which banned online casino games and their advertising, though, everybody considers that the EU will make the German repeal regulations in question. For quite a while there are rumours in the air that Norway will ban online casino games, Turkey, though it is not quite a Eu country but it has also charged a ban.
As for on line poker, there was a rift within on line poker rooms awaiting for its resolution. For the first time fraud in an on line poker room was proved and accepted (to are more exact, not the room itself, but of one of its senior managers). Absolute Poker opened up that one of the managers gained access to the players' cards (he knew all the pocket cards, but not the cards which drop out at the flop/turn/river). He shared this information regarding his partner who was able to win a big competition. To prove everything was possible due to a mere mistake in sending of the history which was received by another participant of the disastrous competition. Absolute Poker made an investigation, stated to refund losses to everyone those who suffered and toughen the security system. Though, Absolute Poker cheating scandal has caused damage not only for a poker-room, as well as the industry by and large, however, this blow is not mortal.
From the technical point of view, the past year haven't brought anything new. The mobile poker, 3D-poker, are being gradually developed, but all this appeared even earlier. On line poker rooms make an effort to create versions not to be got, add new games, improve the program, add new methods of payment and change table sizes.
What is awaiting us in the course of the year '08 which has proceed? I doubt whether it is worthwhile waiting for a breakthrough. The period of heavy growth in online playing industry has already terminated, the period of merging is coming, the time of struggle for new casino players. Poker networks will continue to grow (both as regards the number of rooms and gamblers), evidently, there will be mergers and takeovers. Advertising budgets will grow, but players will hardly be able to make money from the jawhorse : casino bonus conditions will probably progress. The degree of players will little by little grow, most likely, so that the competition will grow at tables. Hopefully, you won't suffer from all these trends, I wish you success in game and happy year!