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Why Is Poker so Popular Around the World?

Published: 14th June 2021 17:11

Video games and mobile games became increasingly popular amidst the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), due to lockdown. In fact, online gambling sites saw record-high numbers of searches and users, as people were looking for an effective way to kill time. However, poker has been popular even before video games were a thing. It is a table game played with a deck of cards, and people all over the world love it.  Much like chess the core rules never change, only new variations of the game were added. So, let’s see why such an old game is still popular today.

Is Poker a Sport or Just a Gambling Game?

The original idea behind the game was definitely to be a chance-based entertainment that anyone can easily learn. But, people figured out how to be better at it and win more consistently, which is why it gradually became a sport in a way. Nowadays, people go online and visit Aussie casino sites in order to play pokies, but also to polish their poker skills and prepare for tournaments. So, one of the reasons why it is still popular is because of this personal progression. The ability to improve at the game drives the player’s investment. However, if gambling is illegal in a specific state then playing poker in a public place for money won’t be allowed. 

Famous Poker Tournaments

Another reason why this hobby remained popular is poker tournaments. Since playing online poker is one of the new trends, more people get to practice and more players are interested in joining these tournaments. Currently, there are a few tournaments that are popular on a global scale:


      World Series Of Poker ( WSOP)

      World Poker Tour Championships

      World Championship of Online Poker

      Triton Poker


Moreover, there are familiar faces at these competitions every year. Meaning that if it was solely a game based on chance it wouldn’t be possible for the same people to qualify every time. There are also famous TV shows about celebrities playing poker, and one of them is PokerStars, which also features pro players. This helps the hobby stay relevant and viewed in a more positive light.

How Can You Play Poker Online?

There are a few ways you can play poker on the internet. If you wish to play with real money and win money you can go to sites that feature mobile pokies Australia has to offer. These sites also tend to be trusted casinos where you can play poker online, in addition to pokies. If you wish just to play for fun and practice without wagering, you can do so on social network apps or smartphone apps. Additionally, there are online multiplayer video games for PC and console which also allow you to play poker against other players. As mentioned, without wagering real money poker is a card game just like any other, so it’s quite accessible.

How Much Money Can You Win?

The answer to this question will always vary, as there are multiple factors that dictated the size of the winnings. First of all, if gaming laws do not allow you to gamble then you shouldn’t be making or winning any money off of poker. If you are playing at a licensed institution or an online casino, then you can win hundreds of thousands. Whereas you can win millions if you top one of the famous tournaments.


A game like poker is easy to learn but hard to master, which is generally a good formula for an engaging game. The fact that you can wager and win money also helped it become one of the iconic table games. Finally, it’s easy to find players online who enjoy it.


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