January 25, 2023 Poker Gossip, Poker News Lars Liedtke

Kevin Martin Says a New Poker Boom Is Coming

Twitch Poker streamer Kevin Martin has said that he thinks a second poker boom is coming to the game. The Canadian reckons all the signs are there and it could be even bigger and better than last time!

Is a Second Poker Boom Coming?

Martin says that he’s been playing for eight years now but the energy and growth around the poker industry is just different. Could he be right?

Phil Galfond replied to the tweet saying that he is cautiously optimistic and he’s a man who knows a thing or two about the poker industry.

Indicators that a New Poker Boom Is Coming

So why does Kevin Martin think that a new poker boom could be just over the horizon?

According to him, poker is all over TV schedules like in the first boom. It’s definitely still popular, that’s for sure. Poker content is peaking on multiple platforms, too.

He also says that field size records are being broken at all live events and there is a clamour for skilled gambling to be available.

The growth of social media and streaming platforms is allowing more people to watch and learn from professional players. Undoubtedly this is going to be a major driving force in any new poker boom.

Ultimately, it will always come down to the visibility of the game. Marketing will be key. The poster in the tweet above is right that Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars played a major role in popularising poker with mainstream marketing.

Is a Boom Really Likely?

Not everybody in Kevin Martin’s Twitter thread was convinced a boom is likely to happen. Many think that without full legalisation in the United States it is impossible.

Others criticised the state of the game following multiple cheating scandals and the rise of the stereotypical GTO player wearing a hoodie and not having any fun.

Time will tell but the game is looking as healthy as it has done for a long time today.

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