Mobile Poker Industry – Where does it lie?

November 24, 2011

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Mobile poker certainly hasn’t had the ‘boom’ we’ve seen from the likes of sports betting and casino. It’s funny, because you would have thought a technology driven lot that poker players are, would have jumped on the idea of playing poker from their mobile phone anywhere in the world.

Mobile poker still is ticking over, with sites such as Switch poker allowing you to play real money games against actual opponents via the means of your mobile phone.

So, why hasn’t the boom hit?

Well, the like of ‘Black Friday’ certainly hasn’t helped any part of the poker industry and this is undoubtedly one of the reasons. If people are concerned about depositing online, then they sure as heck aren’t going to deposit on a hand full of smaller mobile poker sites.

‘The games are dead, everyone is solid’ is a certainly a term thrown around on many of the larger poker forums and to some extent it’s true. No longer can you go on Party Poker, deposit $100 and look to spin it up to over $5k in a night. The good ol’ days are long gone and with it a host of recreational players who simply don’t win because they now aren’t good enough.

There’s no lack of effort from mobile poker rooms such as Switch Poker as a host of free iPad’s and iPod’s are part of the current promotional package to entice users. Is it enough though?

Poker is a game where more is defiantly more. Players play the maximum tables they can possibly manage. They play the highest stakes they can afford. They play for as long as their eyes will remain open. They don’t want to be limited to one table, on a dodgy 3G connection and struggling to press the right buttons.

Having said that, at MBG we feel there may well just be light at the end of the tunnel for mobile poker. The mobile world in general has massively evolved from the days of the Nokia 3210 (classic!) and with this breathes life for mobile poker. Technology may be at a bit of a standstill for mobile poker at the minute, but it may just take something like this spur designers and technologists on to create the next level mobile.

Let’s face it, the design for the current brands of mobile poker sites are less than attractive. In fact, some look like a 3 year has drawn it in paint. But, we know there is so much more potential for mobile poker as an industry. Look at WAP technology when it first came out, amazing! Now compare it to what we have and it’s almost laughable. In 5 or even 10 years time we will likely be doing the same, laughing at actually having to remove the phone from our pockets to answer or even having to have the phone on you at all!! That may be a little farfetched, but mobile poker certainly shouldn’t give up now. In time, we think it can be the next boom the poker industry so badly needs.

 

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