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Soaring Poker has long been a popular sport with millions of enthusiastic fans and players worldwide. Participation fees and prize money explode equally. But do all players benefit from this trend? A portrait of the mass phenomenon.

Who thinks of the card game poker may have pertinent pictures of smoky saloons or ominous backrooms in mind where different games such as roulette or even Poch were played. What is often associated with the Wild West has become a highly professional sport. In Germany alone, up to two million people regularly play the strategy game, be it in the country's casinos or on the Internet against counterparts from all over the world. It's clear that poker has become a popular sport that can inspire more and more players worldwide. Reason enough to take a look behind the facade.

Professionalization of the strategy game

Empirical investigationsAgain and again come to the conclusion that poker is classified as a skill game and the German Treasury also asks appropriate professional players regularly as a trader to checkout. For a long time, players no longer organize themselves independently in small private rounds. Relevant corporations have taken over the hilt here and ensure that the player stream is not torn off. There were only a few, very exclusive poker tournaments around the turn of the millennium, but it all changed in 2003 when amateur Chris Moneymaker surprisingly won the main tournament of the World Series of Poker, the unofficial World Poker Championship. It began an unprecedented boom in card games that still continues and thrills people.

The American Dream has since died for many people in the US, And yet the game of poker always promises exactly the fulfillment of this old idea. There is now a barely manageable number of poker tournaments worldwide. While the number of such tournaments ten years ago was still countable in one hand, dozens of tournament series compete for the favor of professionals and amateur players alike. Above all, the trend can be observed that the participation fees are rising to unprecedented heights. When Chris Moneymaker won the unofficial World Cup, players still had to spend $ 10,000 each on the table to get involved. A total of 839 players came together for this. Such a tournament was then considered an absolute exception and attracted primarily the world's elite. Nowadays there are competitions with participation fees from 25,000 to 100. To find $ 1,000 almost weekly; The same tournament of the World Series of Poker attracted 7874 participants in 2018.

A new era of poker tournaments

The players seem to have become accustomed to utopian sums, uncanny cries are barely audible. A new concept was introduced here in January 2019, the PokerStars Players Championship, with a massive $ 25,000 subscription fee. What is really only genuine highrollers or super-rich reserved, in this tournament, the "normal" should be made possible. In the end over 1000 players played in this superlative tournament. The provider relied on hundreds of actions that allowed normal players to earn or earn the entry fee. The winner Ramón Colillas made the fairy tale perfect, he managed to qualify due to local tournaments with small stakes. He prevailed against the seeded field and won over 5 million US dollars. The true American dream - in the Spanish version.

The wheel of industry continues to turn

It is these stories that make the sport so unique for many players. The dream of winning millions in which one's own ability decides motivates. But when it comes to determining the winners of the poker boom, it's the corporations and the professional players who benefit most. Apart from a few exceptions. Rising attendance fees are increasingly calling for affluent business people looking for a thrill and literally jumping into a shark pool. The highlight is biennial: a tournament that requires a million dollars to be placed on the table. Even a "poker world champion" pinchesatsuch sumsever. Even if part of the participation fee goes to a charitable purpose, it is doubtful how meaningful it is to play such sums.

The staging of the big poker festivals is still perfect. The action at the gaming tables, the drama and emotions, if any are to be seen, are set by the organizers outstanding. Via live blog and live stream, the message is broadcast worldwide along with the action - the Internet makes this possible. Also new platforms such as Twitch.tv are used immediately to reach a new target group. No other stops are made against other booming sports such as e-sports, as there are already many players' efforts to connect these two worlds. The potential of such a link seems to be huge for both sides.

Finally, one thing is for sure: while many an Olympic sport struggles to remain meaningful, the card game of poker will continue to captivate people. The combination of unique strategy, coincidence and huge prize money keeps the industry going - and somehow keeps the American dream alive.

11:28 08.02.2019
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