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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Oct 01, 2009

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It’s tempting to view the recent sale of the World Poker Tour brand (see Industry News) as the end of an era. The Tour, which did so much to promote poker in popular culture through its TV broadcasts in the U.S., also gave players a well organised circuit with big prize pools and a chance of TV exposure. When poker history is written it will undoubtedly take its place, particularly in the boom period early in this decade. It was popular with European players and, for a time, was the only show in town outside of the World Series of Poker. However its decline over the last couple of years, hastened by the introduction of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the U.S. and competitive forces outside of the U.S., primarily in the form of the European Poker Tour, was something of an inevitability. The company was unable to ...


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