The worst 12 months ever for stay poker and among the finest ever for on-line, as we recap the largest tales of the final 12 months.
We proceed our countdown of the largest poker tales of the final 12 months, should you missed half 1 you may learn it right here.
5. Polk vs Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu lastly cracked in 2020 and responded to the fixed teasing from Doug Polk by accepting a heads-up problem in opposition to him.
There was no love between the 2 males for a few years now and the poker public anticipated fireworks, but when something they’ve managed to seek out slightly little bit of frequent floor.
On the time of writing Daniel Negreanu is down by nearly one million as a consequence of a nasty mixture of dangerous luck and being outplayed by Polk.
Polk nonetheless asserts that he hates poker so the query in 2021 will likely be whether or not this problem has introduced him again to the sport or whether it is to be his swansong?
4. The (2nd?) WSOP Most important Occasion
The WSOP actually raised eyebrows on the finish of the 12 months after they introduced an internet/stay hybrid $10,000 World Sequence of Poker Most important Occasion.
Many within the poker group have been perplexed on the prospect of holding a stay portion of the occasion (though solely 18 gamers would play stay) through the pandemic with heavy lockdowns worldwide (certainly two of the ultimate 18 gamers have been unable to attend).
The opposite controversy was that many in poker imagine, together with the person himself, that Stoyan Madanzhiev was already the 2020 WSOP Most important Occasion champion after profitable the web sequence championship at GGPoker.
1,379 gamers in whole entered the occasion making it the smallest post-Moneymaker Most important Occasion.
3. The expansion of GGPoker
One of the vital hanging tales of 2020 was watching GGPoker going from a relative unknown to arguably the second greatest poker site at lightning velocity.
They hosted quite a lot of huge on-line festivals in 2020 however they actually gained momentum after they have been the shock announcement for the World Sequence of Poker On-line in addition to the aforementioned WSOP Most important Occasion.
The motion was so good that we noticed them break the file for greatest No Restrict pot, one thing railbirds maybe by no means thought they might see because the days of Rail Heaven. In addition they hosted the largest on-line MTT of all time (the primary WSOP Most important Occasion).
It wasn’t all nice for PR for them, particularly after they signed Dan Bilzerian and the strategies that they banned profitable gamers.
They actually arrived in 2020 they usually definitely have the software program to proceed their progress, the query is can they replicate their success when lockdowns ease everywhere in the world?
2. The net poker growth
GGPoker had a file breaking 12 months however just about each operator did in 2020, for the plain cause that many of the world was in lockdown and eager to be entertained.
We had the largest single tournaments and the largest on-line festivals of all time in 2020, and it seems that the expansion will proceed in 2021.
We additionally noticed the meteoric rise in on-line house video games as poker gamers needed to duplicate their kitchen desk video games with their associates on-line.
As a result of stay poker was all however not possible for many of the 12 months it meant that the largest stay festivals in poker passed off on the digital felt as an alternative.
1. Hardly any stay poker in 2020
It was inevitable that this text was going to be about COVID and the largest single method that the pandemic affected poker was the stay recreation. On-line poker’s achieve actually was stay poker’s loss in 2020.
Most stay poker tournaments have been cancelled with a few of them going down on-line as an alternative.
These video games that did go forward regarded very completely different with masks, Perspex partitions, additional spacing and fewer gamers to a desk.
We realized in 2020 how poker was a petri dish for an infection, what with chips and playing cards being handed round 30 or 40 instances an hour.
It appears like we’ll see some normality in 2021 however maybe the hygiene classes we realized in 2020 will turn out to be a staple a part of the sport going ahead?
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