COVID-19 Pandemic has led down devastation of almost all the sectors, but we have found some hope in poker industry. Various poker sites have witnessed a rise in the month of April. The poker portal 888.com is one such international online poker site which has recorded an incredible rise of 60% in user activity since the pandemic has taken over the whole world.
With the shutdown of almost all the global economy people are experiencing much loss; they are either unemployed or bored in this lockdown. This particular time calls for many to join the online sites and play poker as well as casino.
April saw a boom in online poker user activity
A gambling and sports betting expert who is also the head of Commercial Development at 888 Holdings, Yaniv Sherman, said, “As we look at April 2020 numbers compared to April 2019 and January 2020, we see over 60% uptake in daily poker active players on our U.S. poker platform, which includes our Interstate Poker Network- the first regulated multistate poker network.”
“We are seeing similar trends on our global poker network, a testament of a recreational destination that people are enjoying while sheltering in place,” he added further.
The rise and fall of poker industry in United States
Online poker was a huge industry in United State a decade and a half ago, prior to its illegal stature. This was time when WSOP champion Chris Moneymaker was known by every person in the country and the ESPN used to drive a lot of traffic during the annual World Series of Poker.
But then there came a time when the game was made illegal in many states, and the world seemed to stop for many. States like New Jersey, who currently allows all forms of online gambling- from poker to roulette to blackjack to sports gambling are still working. However, state like Washington extremely prohibits online poker.
However, this coronavirus lockdown phase has led many to rediscover their interest towards poker and the rise certainly showed a way to stabilize the current down falling of the U.S. economy.