Poker operators look to Asia for next boom

With growth stagnant in poker’s traditional strongholds of North America and Europe, operators are beginning to look towards Asia for markets which could kickstart a second boom. Denmark’s online poker market, for instance, has declined 25 percent since 2012, despite robust growth in the sports betting and casino verticals, meaning emerging markets in Asia and South America have become the new focus. The global online market continues to be dominated by Amaya, owner of the PokerStars and Full Tilt brands, which is understood to account for around 70 percent of worldwide online revenues and has set itself an internal goal to double the size of the worldwide poker market by 2020. The Toronto-listed operator is now once again active in the US after being granted a New Jersey licence at the end of last year, but a regulatory headache will likely keep it out of most states for the foreseeable future. In recent...

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