PPPoker: The New Gaming Giant in Town? [Review]
Online gaming is experiencing an unprecedented boom in the last decade—especially online poker. Much like the rise of eSports, huge tournaments, exciting games, and building communities brought poker players from the real world to the virtual tables. While there are a lot of platforms out there which cater to this growing community of gamers, many of them operate by the same rules. But every once in a while, there comes a platform that essentially disrupts the status quo and drives growth in the industry. Back in the early 2000s, there were only a handful of huge gaming giants around, and online poker was still a niche market. It turned to what they call prop players—paid to play—to fill in the tables. It was only when Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event on live television that online poker really started to take off in a huge way. What preceded was a series of regulations and controversies that stabilized the growth of the industry. Today, there are many more online gaming giants populating the online poker scene. As the industry slowly veered away from using online prop players, it’s getting harder for new platforms to break into the market. Because, as it is with Facebook and Google, the networking effect (or the traffic) is crucial in attracting players. So, it’s surprising when emerging and revolutionary platforms like PPPoker gain momentum and break the glass ceiling safeguarded by the giants of the industry.
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