Online poker

In modern online poker, PokerStars events occur every year. What trends are based on them?

For several years now, a common theme for all discussions about the fate of online poker has been statements about the crisis. Those who didn’t know about poker outside of PokerStars talked about its death. The presence of a downturn in the industry is a fact.

Traffic:

  • Poker traffic has been declining since 2011
  • PokerStars lost 40% of its traffic in 2 years
  • Partypoker got +11%
  • Only Partypoker was able to grow by 11% during this period

Similar changes occur in tournaments, which can be seen by reducing the size of guarantees in MTT (Partypoker in this case is also an exception for some tournaments). Even a tournament like the Sunday Million this summer is teetering on the edge of overlays. In June, in all SM rooms, the room gave part of the rake to cover the warranty.

In general, we can say that modern online poker attracts fewer and fewer people.

PokerStars increases rake starting in 2016

Pokerdom and Partypoker reduce rake in some disciplines

The main source of sad news in this topic were of course PokerStars, and since 80% of players play in it, it seemed that the increase in the size of the rake is a global problem for all online poker players. Direct and most resonant manipulations with its size were carried out by PokerStars: in the spring of 2016 and in March of this year, it also introduced rake in tournaments with repays and add-ons.

It is fair to say that the rake size on PS does not exceed the industry average, and in some respects (on limits up to nl25, including caps on all limits) remains the lowest in modern online poker.

Pokerdom and Partypoker reduce rake in some disciplines

The main source of sad news in this topic were of course PokerStars, and since 80% of players play in it, it seemed that the increase in the size of the rake is a global problem for all online poker players. Direct and most resonant manipulations with its size were carried out by PokerStars: in the spring of 2016 and in March of this year, it also introduced rake in tournaments with repays and add-ons.

It is fair to say that the rake size on PS does not exceed the industry average, and in some respects (on limits up to nl25, including caps on all limits) remains the lowest in modern online poker.

If we take the situation as a whole, then the main trend in changes in rake collection is the appearance of indirect systems. Additional formulas and coefficients lead to the fact that some groups of players (primarily the plus ones) reduce the rake accrual. Fortunately, this trend has affected a few rooms and in recent years there have been almost no initiatives from this side. Now there are systems of indirect rake distribution in the networks of GoodGame, iPoker and Microgaming.

To complete the situation, it is worth recognizing that the rooms are not only trying to always raise the rake. Partypoker, for example, stopped taking commission from bounties in knockout tournaments, and Pokerdom lowered caps at cash tables.

Promotions and bonus offers

PokerKing and Partypoker still run rake races and pay rakeback

Another blot in the policy of poker rooms is the general reduction of bonus offers, which is quite logical. There are fewer players, and to make sure that their earnings don’t sink too much, they need to try to increase their rake and (or) save on promotions.

Of all the new formats, only three have become established in modern online poker and started their expansion into different rooms:

  • Fast poker
  • JackPot Sit&Go
  • KnockOut Tournaments

New products often quickly fade into oblivion, but in recent years, some classic poker formats have also been slowly dying. To the list in this article, you can easily add any types of regular Sit&Go (especially multi-table) and any cash game options other than hold’em and Omaha.

The new online poker is becoming more and more dynamic, dispersive and, unfortunately for the regulars, it is more and more difficult to make a win and go in the black in the long run.

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