Remember the time, back in 2003 when Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event from an $80 satellite. That was predominantly the last poker boom worthy of its name. We’re approximating that amount because many credible sources maintain that Moneymaker’s satellite entry was anything from $30 to $100, but either way, his win transformed the game in a massive way.
The Poker Boom in 2003 was uncalled for and it came at an unexpected time but it did arrive for many reasons. Poker had long been ready to explode and the combination of online poker along with other factors such as companies like the WPT and WSOP along with other brands growing were huge. If we look back and reflect, the original poker boom was due to Mike Sexton’s legacy as much as it was Moneymaker’s success at the felt.
Considering all this right now, do you think an even bigger ‘poker boom’ is due to happen in 2021?
It’s evident that we’re in the middle of a pandemic and this might be an odd question to ask, but its certainly not the wrong one. Live poker has always been at somewhat of a loss, and live poker festivals also create the biggest of losses. As such, when coronavirus restrictions started having a firm grip on live poker back in the Spring of this year, that put poker essentially in a tough spot.
Live events had to go, but could the poker sites house some of these events online?
We all know the answer to that question. Players all over the world were still happy to pony up thousands of bucks in entry fees, participating not only in ‘replacement’ events such as the WSOP 2020 Online Series, which took the place of the regular summer WSOP, but also new events that were put together on the fly to capitalise on the attendances of players who were used to signing in for work as well as poker by that stage.
The hunger and admiration for the live game is growing and when poker is truly back, tournaments such as the EPT (European Poker Tour), WSOP (World Series of Poker) and other big tours is huge. With the possibility of a vaccine for Covid-19 coming, poker could be one of the key beneficiaries to a poker playing public being given the license to travel, explore and play without restrictions as a new poker future could bump up numbers even more around the world, both live and online!
Next year is the year of the OX (according to the Chinese Zodiac Calendar), which is said to represent people who are strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspiring confidence in others. If poker can reflect those values in the next 12 months, there is going to be a definite rise in the data that was shown this year in regards to online (and/or live) poker action.
A 2021 Poker Boom can be the start of something new. If 2003 had the ‘Moneymaker Effect’, what will 2021 enfold?