UK pub poker on the rise

UK pub poker on the rise

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Earlier this week, one of our blogs considered whether poker would continue to grow or was a downturn inevitable. News from Redtooth Poker suggests that the former is more likely than the latter.

According to a report in The Morning Advertiser, a trade magazine for the pub industry, Redtooth Poker, one the biggest promoters of small stakes, pub poker in the UK, has announced a big upturn in players and turnover. The group reported that tournaments were up 47% in 2009 with over 80,000 players on the books. Redtooth’s turnover now tops £2m, up 20% on the year.

Redtooth Poker director Steve Saul told the magazine that, "… our live pub poker business [has] been a huge hit for licensees and their customers. We keep things simple for the operator and we keep customers in the pub for the evening.

“There’s been a lot of talk about food being the big focus for pubs but operators mustn’t overlook the fact that people also go to pubs to be entertained. We’re offering a cost effective solution to those quiet week nights.”

Today’s pub players are tomorrow’s tournament fields so anything that is boosting the lower echelons of the game can only be a good thing.

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