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Good Times, Bad Times

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Feb 01, 2010

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The end of 2009 saw a flurry of activity in the poker industry — new live tours announced, old brands reinvented, old men winning young tournaments, young men winning old tournaments, magazines and online news sites going out of business, European poker businesses acquiring U.S. assets, the stalling of Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act implementation, and strategic business deals in major European markets. None of these indicators make it any easier to predict what 2010 will hold for poker players and businesses. The only certainty is uncertainty, just like the falling of a flop on the felt. Some of these trends we can extrapolate on though. The move towards legalisation and regulation of online poker will inch slowly forward, online poker sites and the media will move ever closer together, the allure of live poker will continue to drive its expansion — though not all tournament organisers will benefit from ...


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