Between 2003 and 2012, the revenue generated from online poker grew from $300,000 dollars to a staggering $6.7 billion dollars. This is seen as one of the most lucrative industries during the past decade, and for good reason. As the number of Internet users continues to grow and high-speed access is now commonplace, it only makes sense that such trends will continue. What can we expect over the next few years?
To properly understand what the future may hold, it is first necessary to look at the present state of online poker. Platforms have massively advanced thanks to the inclusion of mobile devices. In other words, more and more players are now accessing these platforms via smartphones and other such methods. When we combine this with massively increased streaming speeds and live player interaction, it only makes sense that such a popularity already exists. However, what do these trends signal in terms of the future?
Many believe that the majority of Internet access will take place through remote devices in the not-so-distant future. So, it is highly likely that the major websites will be mobile-friendly and offer applications to allow for even easier access.
Another interesting observation can be seen in the ability for players to interact with dealers in a live scenario. This is beginning to replace the rather static systems which were defined by player-algorithm interaction alone. One of the benefits of this shift is that games will take on a more “human” appeal and a greater amount of intuition will need to be harnessed by all participants.
Finally, flash videos have come a long way. Graphics will continue to become even more intricate and the poker rounds themselves will very much mimic a live playing environment.
The future of online poker indeed looks bright. Even if only a small portion of these predictions become true, there is no doubt that this massive industry is here to stay.