bitB Staking head coach Patrick Leonard believes 2021 will be the year for consolidated online poker tournaments, and that a poker players union is likely to be formed by Q4-2020.

Six weeks after professional poker player, coach, and bitB Staking investor Patrick Leonard warned the poker world against rampant unlimited re-entry MTT formats, the partypoker ambassador has communicated that he now believes multi-site tournaments (with shared player pools between two or more branded online poker services) will make their debut in 2021.

Leonard’s June 27th Twitter thread informed followers that poker sites will soon realize “they can be stronger” by consolidating player pools and taking up partypoker partner Rob Yong on his May 11th offer to limit online MTTs to a sole re-entry.

The poker pro who hails from England also opined that “there will likely be a formation of a poker union by October” — referencing a years-long movement by poker competitors and personalities who profess that players must effectively organize if they wish to have a greater influence on poker sites’ policies…

… and that online poker companies (along with their customers) could face government-sponsored crackdowns next year similar to Black Friday due to sites “breaking rules.”

Don’t Consolidated Online Poker Tournaments Already Exist?

Throughout 2020, partypoker has hosted a number of traditional “land-based” events (for example: the WPT Online Series and the Irish Open Online) that would otherwise have been cancelled entirely.

However, the “inter site” tournaments being referred to by Leonard in his recent Tweets correspond to the potential for shared MTT player pooling among rival online poker companies.

Are Patrick Leonard’s Predictions Coming True?

A July 22nd screen shot of PokerStars “Stadium Series” events (posted to the TwoPlusTwo NVG forums by Loctus) shows that many of the Series’ tournament have not meet their preset guaranteed prize pool amounts… just as Leonard predicted might happen.

DISCUSS NOW: Is Online Poker About To Crash? (2+2 NVG)

A follow-up Tweet by Poker Industry PRO editor Nick Jones appears to coincide with Leonard’s prognostications regarding online poker “guaranteed” tournament overlays.

Consolidated Online Poker Tournaments (Editorial Commentary)

Will 2021 truly see crossover brand collaboration between major internet poker companies? Something like a joined player pool between sites such as PokerStars, partypoker, GGPoker, or 888 Poker that would participate exclusively in some form of “marquee” series?

Or does Patrick Leonard’s analysis concerning player organization, event scheduling restrictions, regulatory crackdowns, and consolidated online poker tournaments miss the mark?

The real money online poker world could be only a few months from finding out either way.

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