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 one hundred and fifty 000 poker players simultaneously, but still these growth rates are not more than 50 percent per annum.
Strangely enough enough, the slowdown of poker online room players was also very noticeable off-line. For the first time over many years at the main WSOP contest there were fewer players than the previous year, as of this, approximately 20 percent less. Earlier a large number of bettors were presented by poker online rooms, but lowering in the number of American bettors online, as well as tougher rules concerning the advertising of poker online rooms at the contest resulted in the rooms being passive in involvement of bettors for WSOP.
If everything is bad in america, than in Europe the situation is contrary. On the one hand, the EUROPEAN 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 EUROPEAN. In connection with this, Malta, which is just about the hub of online companies in Europe, has a windfall and will manage to earn quite some money. On the other hand, Germany passed a law upon New Year’s Eve which banned online casino games and their advertising, though, everybody considers that the EUROPEAN will make the German repeal legal issues 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 Western european country but it in addition has made a ban. slot online Indonesia
As for poker online, there was a rift within poker online rooms awaiting for its resolution. For the first time fraud in an poker online room was proved and accepted (to you have to be exact, not the room itself, but of one of its senior managers). Absolute Poker revealed that one of the administrators 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 in reference to his partner who were able to win a big contest. To prove everything was possible due to a simply mistake in sending of the history which was received by another participant of the disastrous contest. Absolute Poker made an investigation, offers to refund losses to every one 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 in its entirety, however, this blow is not perilous.
From the technical point of view, the past year has not yet brought anything new. The mobile poker, 3D-poker, are increasingly being gradually developed, but all this appeared even earlier. Poker online rooms try really hard to create versions not to be downloadable, add new games, increase the screen, add new methods of payment and change table sizes.
What is awaiting us in the course of the year 08 which has placed in? I doubt whether it is worthwhile waiting for a breakthrough. The time scale of heavy growth in online poker industry has recently terminated, the time scale of relief is coming, the time of struggle for new casino players. Poker networks will continue to grow (both in regards to the number of rooms and gamblers), evidently, there will be mergers and takeovers. Advertising budgets will grow, but players will hardly be able to gain profits from it — casino bonus conditions will in all probability become worse. The quality of bettors will gradually grow, most likely, so your competition will grow at tables. Hopefully, you won’t suffer from all these trends, I wish you success in game and happy year!