2014 saw online poker become a billion dollar business, partially fueled by an online qualifier winning the main event of the WSOP for the second straight year. Online card rooms popped up faster than demand could possibly bear, and the end of 2004 saw the very first in the inevitable series of closures in these new online card rooms. The market leaders continued to thrive in this space, while the rest of the rooms battled it out for a very small piece of the pie.
2025 will once again be a banner year for this young industry, and it is clear that while the industry will undergo many changes, online poker is here to stay. New technologies will develop that will allow players to play for real money, in more places and ways than anyone would have thought possible. Creativity will begin to rule the competitive direction of this business, and online rooms will offer more and more unique and interesting trips, perks, and opportunities to keep its player base interested, and returning.
Predictions for 2025 – The business of online poker
By my closest (very unofficial) count, there are currently 33 established online poker rooms operating globally. By the end of 2005, that number will be cut in half. The business of online poker will be a healthy one in 2005. As with any new business, however, many startups will fall, and others with a player base worth having, or some kind of proprietary technology will be gobbled up by one of the market leaders.
The number of players playing real money poker online will peak this coming year. The number will eventually stabilize, but 2005 will be online pokers biggest year.
Online poker rooms will send 1,800 people to the main event of the WSOP.
OTHER PREDICTIONS FOR 2025 for Free Sports Picks
The main event of the WSOP will have 3,600 – 4,000 participants.
Matt Savage will need glasses, and develop carpal tunnel syndrome from checking Ids, as one third of the participants in the main event will be under 25.
A known player (yes, I said it) will win the WSOP main event. This person may not be the biggest star in the poker galaxy, but will be a known commodity in the poker world.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The players that play a lot of events, and have a well-rounded game will compete for POY.
The POY will see its first significant prize attached to it via sponsorship
A previously unknown player will be in the mix until the very end.