It was a fairly quiet year in 2020 with live poker being almost completely banned. But 2021 saw a comeback of major Las Vegas tournaments like the World Series of Poker and a resurgence of the game we all love.
But have you ever thought about what poker trends actually await us in 2022? Today, I will break down my poker trends predictions for the New Year.
10. Live poker resurgence continues
Live poker already returned after the pandemic-related bans in 2020, but I expect 2022 to be the year it fully recovers as more people get their COVID shots and the disease hopefully loses momentum.
When I talk about the return of live poker, I refer to everything from live cash games and local poker festivals to the massive poker tournaments like the European Poker Tour and the WSOP being bigger and better than ever.
Just recently, EPT Prague was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, and I believe that 2022 will be a year when such concerns will finally not be big enough to get entire events canceled overnight.
The 2021 WSOP showed how eager people were to come back to the live felt, so hopefully, 2022 can be a whole new stepping stone for live poker players worldwide.
9. Poker apps going strong
When it comes to the best online poker sites, downloadable mobile apps have been all the rage recently, and I expect them to keep going strong.
Apps like PPPoker and PokerBros have brought a whole new dimension to online poker, finally giving us a chance to play against true recreational players online for some significant stakes.
Whether we like to admit it or not, cash games at sites like GGPoker or PokerStars are often pretty dead, and the poker apps give plenty of new possibilities.
Of course, it comes with its own risks, but if you are looking to try something new in 2022, poker apps can be a solution to find good, easy-to-beat games within your bankroll.
8. Super High-Roller records
The trend of super high-roller tournaments such as the Super High-Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and US Poker Open, pitting the best players against each other, have been emerging in recent years.
We have seen high-stakes monsters like Justin Bonomo, Ali Imsirovic, and David Peters dominating such fields, and let’s be honest, we cannot wait for more of this.
There is something extremely exhilarating about watching players play for millions of dollars at a time, and that’s become a nearly once-a-month experience at PokerGO.
Moving into 2022, I expect the studio to host even more of these big money events. The super high-roller scene will keep growing as more billionaire businessmen get involved, and the high-roller grinders keep on trucking.
7. Competition for market share
The poker market has not been more competitive since the early days of online poker, with several major poker sites battling it out just like the good old days.
The launch of GGPoker gave PokerStars a run for its money, and today we have a true climate of competition between the two, with 888poker site also getting some jabs in.
This competition …….