More new players moving to mobile poker. New Jersey online casino revenues hit another record. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.
Mobile Dominating New Signups on PokerStars
Playing online poker on mobile devices continues to gain popularity with players. Depending on the source, the percentage of players playing on mobile devices is still a minority or something else entirely. In an eye-opening interview with PokerStrategy, PokerStars’ Severin Rasset says the percentage of new registrations on phones and tablets now represents 80% of all signups on the poker room.
To appeal to this growing segment of the poker playing population, poker sites have been adding new faster-paced games (Zoom, Spin and Go, Beat the Clock) that are both more fun and convenient than traditional poker games. While the experience of playing multiple tables, multi-tasking or playing for long periods of time is still arguably preferred on a desktop by the majority of seasoned players, a new trend appears to be clear.
– New Jersey online casino numbers continue to impress. For March, NJ online casinos generated $25.6 million in revenue for the month, smashing the old record during any month by over $3 million. New Jersey is expected to generate $1 billion in revenue since online casino games launched in late 2013. The numbers marked a 21.1% increase year-over-year. Online poker continued to lag behind, growing just 0.2% over the month and down 12.7% from last year.
– In news from the partypoker LIVE Barcelona Grand Final, Matan Bakrat was the winner of the €2,700 Warm Up on Thursday, taking home an impressive $439,163 first place prize. It was his first recorded tournament cash of his career.
Day 1C and 1D of the Main Event began on Thursday with Day 2 getting underway tomorrow. The tournament will crown a winner on Sunday.
You can keep up with the action live on the partypoker Twitch channel below:
– In case you missed it, the Heartland Poker Tour has responded to controversy over its handling of a $500,000 guaranteed tournament at the Westgate in Las Vegas.
Without approval or consent from HPT, Westgate did allow select players to enter the Main Event at a rate lower than the $1,650 buy-in near the end of the registration period. All funds were accounted for and the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool was honored.
— Heartland Poker Tour (@HPTPoker) April 10, 2018
Meanwhile, Gavin Griffin offers his take on the debate with an article in Cardplayer.
– With the partypoker Powerfest and PokerStars SCOOP set to be held in May, the month is shaping up to be the biggest month in online poker tournament history.
– Today’s featured Grinderschool.com poker training video is Part 3 of CodeRed’s Poker201 series. This episode (3/7) CodeRed dives into an introduction of expected value.