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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