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Endangered Species

A need to nurture new players

by Matthew Hilger |  Published: Jan 07, 2011


Are poker players an endangered species? Some trends would say no. The 2010 World Series of Poker showed a 20 percent increase in entrants from the year before. The main event had more players than the year before. The North American Poker Tour is flourishing, with more than 700 players paying the $5,000 buy-in for a recent tournament. Online poker is still booming every Sunday. But what is driving this recent growth? A lot of it is driven by the serious players. There are more professionals than ever before who specialize in sit-and-gos, multitable tournaments, or cash games with limits as low as $1-$2. Future growth will be driven by new players, and in today’s environment, it is more difficult than ever before for new players to find success, because the sharks are eating them alive. Wikipedia defines an endangered species as a population of organisms that is at risk ...

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