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Online poker has long been the preserve of all poker pros. Surely, we get enough live actions, coverage, and dedicated commentators unearthing the mysteries and subtle aspects of the beautiful game, as we call it on our pages. Still, there’s more to do for poker’s well-being. A growing number of supporters are now of the opinion that pooling poker players togethers should be a main objective for any body that is attempting to push ahead with solid and meaningful reforms for poker in the United States.

The Pool Party – A Necessity

Pooling players together will reap multiple benefits. We have already witnessed the benefits of putting together some of the most noteworthy states with the strongest player base. Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey have been enjoying the fruits of adding their players together, affording them the opportunity to play against one another without a speck of fear that things may go wrong.

Companies have also started to see the benefits of putting players from across borders together. The buzz that they generate paired with the solid prize pools is a drawing point for everyone in the industry and it could easily turn out to excite grassroots and professionals alike.

Much of the player base are aspiring professionals or working people with jobs that are as diverse as CEOs to handyman, and they all have a shared passion for poker. But the increase in the popularity of poker need not necessarily just favor the community.

If the right circumstances are met, then new operators will want to launch more tournaments and possibly facilities where people can meet and play poker the same way they would normally play online. This will fetch additional revenues for the states that allow the activities as well.

Things Are Being Digitized

Even then, the majority of interest in poker will remain in the online segment, which needs to be liberalized soon and quicker. Having US players disqualified of events for allegedly using VPNs is ludicrous. The pernicious regulation has been most unpleasant for a number of people involved in the industry, including poker professional Gordon Vayo who have been caught in a legal battle with PokerStars over unpaid winnings from a tournament.

Meanwhile, Europe has been consolidating its poker sector in the hopes of getting more interest in online and offline events. Portugal, Spain, and France have all decided to pool their players so that the prize pools may grow and regular players may have a larger offer of competitors to play against and subsequently win against.

According to the Stars Group, which is a subsidiary of PokerStars, the growth in liquidity has been substantial in Europe, with its player base steadily inching up. Similar effects are sought in the United States, but much of the country still remains cut off from the heart of all gambling activities.
However, organizations, such as Poker Alliance are pushing for more open market where all people who want to participate in online poker will have the opportunity to do so without risking legal repercussions.