Online Poker Sees Increase In United States, Study Shows

Online Poker Sees Increase In United States, Study Shows
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New research shows that online poker is increasing in the United States.

The study by Global Poker, a U.S. online social poker room, shows a 43% rise in play on online poker sites in the U.S. — according to a story on Focus Gaming News. The Global Poker report also shows a 255% increase in first-time poker players.

Around 40 million in the U.S. — about 6.8% adult population — enjoyed poker either live, online or with friends on a regular basis before states were locked down, according to the Global Poker study.

Sports — and most sports betting — has been knocked out across the world since mid-March.

On March 11 the NBA shut down and the next day the NCAA canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments. All professional leagues and some of the biggest sporting events either delayed (Triple Crown horse races, The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open golf) or canceled altogether (Wimbledon, British Open).

MLB moved back the start of the season from March 26, while the NBA and NHL hope to resume play at some point, either in the regular season or by going straight to playoffs.

Online Poker Tournaments Starting Up

There appears to be additional opportunities to play poker online this spring.

The World Series of Poker’s Spring Online Championships launched April 5 and run through May 3. It offers $4 million in prizes and the event is available for players in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.

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PokerStars has tournaments that recently started for New Jersey and Pennsylvania online poker players. The Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker, the first for the state, runs through April 20 with $2 million in prizes. The New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker, the fifth tournament, will run until April 27 and has $1.2 million in prizes.

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