Poker boom showing no signs of waning...
The popularity of poker continues to go from strength to strength. Once the exclusive domain of serious gamblers and played strictly in casinos and smoke filled gaming rooms, games like Texas Hold'em are now being played by part-time punters and average Joes in increasing numbers around the world.
Poker's growth in popularity is not a new phenomenon. Both online and terrestrial casino poker have enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity over the last five years. The online poker boom is well documented and discussed in more detail at our online poker phenomenon page. Its offline cousin has also enjoyed a popularity explosion lately, and it seems this is showing no signs of abating with back-to-back record tournament buy-ins during the first 2 months of 2006 according to Pokerpages.com.
Pokerpages.com produces a monthly Poker Pages Industry Index (PPII) to measure the size of the poker tournament market. The PPII presents a compilation of tournament buy-in amounts, the number of tournaments conducted and average buy-in stakes per tournament a thus an indicator of poker activity each month. The January and February 2006 indexes revealed record buy-in numbers.
There is also anecdotal evidence that activity at casino play-for-money tables are fuller than they have ever been, largely due to novices wanting to experience the thrill of poker first hand.
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