Poker eyes renaissance during sports lockdown

With Asia’s sportsbook operators scrambling for solutions as the global sports calendar remains in lockdown, one often forgotten vertical is back in the limelight. During the mid-2000s, poker was a key driver of the online gaming revolution, but it has struggled for growth for much of the last decade. While Asia’s grey markets do not report online gaming revenue figures, the story from elsewhere is clear: with no major sporting events to bet on and a large share of the world’s population stuck indoors, poker is enjoying a serious upswing. In the US state of New Jersey, where sports betting revenues for March were down 22 percent on the previous month, online poker revenues more than doubled compared to February. It was a similar story in Italy, where online tournament poker revenues increased an incredible 123 percent for March versus the same month in 2019. Sports betting saw a 14 percent drop for...

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