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International Poker Tours Drive Poker Growth Post-UIGEA

PokerStars Leads the Way to a New World Order in Poker

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Jun 25, 2010

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The PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final recently pulled into Monte Carlo for the sixth year, marking another successful event at poker’s most glamorous tour stop of the year. The last six years have seen international poker tournaments grow tremendously in number, size, and overall importance to the industry. Today, far-flung tournament offerings rival established tour stops in the U.S., thanks in large part to efforts initiated by PokerStars. Card Player Player of the Year (POY) competitors now need to consider a yearlong travel schedule in order to seriously contend for the title, due to the new importance of European events. Consider this: When David Pham won his first POY title in 2000, he didn’t cash once outside the U.S. In 2010, eight of the top 10 players in the current standings have cashed abroad during the first five months of the year. Tournament poker has become an international phenomenon, ...


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