What does 2020 have in store for poker?
Due to the rise of various technological advancements and the rising digital media popularity, Online Poker has scaled up in ways we couldn’t have ever imagined. The online poker industry is set to be worth a whopping $60 Billion in 2020, which certainly means serious competition among online gaming platforms and software providers. The previous year also saw its fair share of highs and lows in the poker circuit, so what can we expect from the present year? What is on the horizon for the online poker industry? How do you think technology can change the face of poker even further? Let’s try to get some answers, shall we? But before we do, here’s a quick wrap of the year that was:
- A never before heard of outcome for the WSOP Player of the Year title.
- The controversial cheating scandal surrounding Mike Postle.
- New Records! Bryn Kenney took the crown from Justin Bonomo after taking home $20.56 million!
- The legendary poker brand the World Series of Poker celebrated and hosted its 50 th annual series.
- Hossein Ensan was crowned the Main event winner and took home $10 Million.
Here’s what we predict could be next:
The WSOP Main event in 2020 should be all geared up to be the biggest of all time!
It’s the world’s most prestigious poker tournament and the numbers are always on the rise. A positive sign for poker and 2020 will be no exception. In fact the brand must be all set to break the 2006 record that witnessed Jamie Gold take home a whopping $12 million with a filed size of 8773. The world of poker hopes they will be beating that record with 9000 entries in the 51 st edition of the WSOP Main Event. Going by numbers purely, the event has seen at least a 300 player increase year on year and by sheer math, we predict they will breeze past last year’s numbers.
In 2019, the Rio played host to a record-breaking festival, with 187,298 entries generating $293,183,345 in prize money. The 51st annual World Series of Poker will run from Tuesday, May 26 to Wednesday, July 15 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The poker festival will be headlined by the $10,000 Main Event Championship, which will begin with three starting flights on July 1, July 2 and July 3 2020.
The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2020. Keep an eye out for the full event calendar on WSOP.com.
All eyes on Ali Imsirovic for 2020
Undoubtedly, the best under-30 player poker has seen in a while. The rising star has $9 million in live tournament cashes in 2018 and 2019 and has been a leading contender for the GPI player of the year twice! The Bosnian we are sure will crush a few high-stakes tournaments in 2020 and have his eyes on the 2020 GPI PoY!
Poker’s legal battle will see a ray of sunshine
At the end of 2019, the poker industry received some positive news when Michigan became the 5 th US state to legalize online poker. It’s been a long uphill battle for poker across the world, but news like this is only a sign of forward progress for this skill based mind sport and we predict more states to follow suit.
Will Negreanu end his no-bracelet streak?
2013, the last time one of poker’s best, Daniel Negreanu, won a bracelet. Despite coming very close every year after, we are hoping this year changes that and the poker veteran takes home a well-deserved bracelet.
Poker will call out the cheaters and their bluffs!
Following the alleged Mike Postle cheating scandal, the poker community will work towards weeding out the rotten apples. 2020 will see zero tolerance to such scandals and more players will be bought under the limelight for their nefarious Activities.
Bryn Kenney’s lifetime live tournament cashes lead will see a close challenge
Bryan Kenney who currently holds the record for the highest career cashes in live tournament history will be challenged in 2020. With tournaments only increasing in field size and guaranteed prize pools, a top player is bound to rack up $15-$25 million in cashes every year, bringing up a close challenge to Kenney’s record this year. The favourites in the running to challenge the number include Dan Smith, Stephen Chidwick and David Peters! Watch out for them.
The Unlimited Re-Entry Dilemma
The poker industry has heard a lot of buzz on the unlimited entry structure fortournaments towards the end of the year. As much as pros like Negreanu are advocates for limiting the number of entries, we doubt tournament operators will be welcoming it with open arms this year, purely because tournament operators are able to offer bigger guarantees with these re-entries.
To 2020 and a year of good poker!