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March 15, 2015

The State of the Nation



April 2010 Nolan Dalla, media director of the WSOP, gives his thoughts on the current state of poker in the United States and outlines his predictions for the year ahead.

The metaphor of a glass being either ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’ applies to the current state of the American poker industry. Indeed, everything depends on how it’s perceived. Some statistical and anecdotal evidence suggests that poker continues to thrive in most markets. However, concerns about the game’s future are valid, particularly in light of the recent economic downturn.

The facts in support of a flourishing American poker [...]

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March 15, 2015

Making gamebling pay

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Making gamebling pay April 2012


  Jamie Reeve looks at the rise of gamebling products like Zynga Poker and asks what the secret is of games of chance that don’t pay out

While Angry Birds and FarmVille have collected the mainstream headlines, few can have failed to notice the rise of ‘gamebling’ products such as Zynga Poker and Bingo Blitz. Both have been attracting huge daily player volumes on various platforms, despite being games of chance that offer no way of winning in the traditional sense. You can spend real money in the games but have zero chance of ever making a withdrawal.

So what is the [...]

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March 15, 2015

Rakeback? Let’s focus on what matters

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Rakeback? Let’s focus on what matters April 2010


Karim Wilkins, CEO of RakeTheRake, explains why it’s time to put aside the rakeback wars and concentrate on an equation to value players – the K Factor.

Whatever rakeback’s influence on the poker industry, it has certainly made the poker networks realise the way they value players needs to be reviewed and refined. But before this becomes another ‘rakeback is great’ article, let’s replace the word ‘rakeback’ with ‘retention bonuses’. For our purposes this will consist of every bonus and retention tool [...]

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March 15, 2015

Differentiate or Die

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Differentiate or Die November 2010   Lee Jones, card room manager at Cake Poker, explains why they have introduced The Exchange and why differentiation is key

These are certainly difficult times for the online poker industry and it may be tempting for second-tier sites to simply wring their hands and say, ‘Oh, we can’t compete with the big boys.’ But this is not how you succeed, particularly when times are tough. First, find ways to differentiate your product from the big boys. At Cake Poker, we’ve come up with a unique feature that adds a completely new dimension to our poker offering. It’s called The [...]

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