The coronavirus has forced many people to rethink their entertainment options. Those wanting to minimize their exposure to this potentially deadly virus are finding ways to stay busy at home.
Online poker has become one of the more-popular entertainment methods during the COVID-19 pandemic. Internet poker play hasn’t quite reached pre-boom levels (2003 – 2006), but it’s definitely much higher than before the pandemic began.
PokerStars Boosts Guarantees to Capitalize
PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site, is taking advantage of the increased amount of people who are shut in. They’ve boosted guaranteed prize pools for some of their biggest events, including the Sunday Million.
The Sunday Million has historically offered a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. However, Stars increased this amount to $3 million last weekend.
24,686 players paid the initial $109 buy-in to compete in this event. This tourney racked up 8,998 re-entries for a total of 33,684 entries.
This large number of players pushed the total prize pool to $3,368,400. It also increased the winner’s prize to $237,093.
Other Poker Sites Also Benefiting from Coronavirus
Nobody should laud the advantages they gain from a deadly pandemic. However, online poker rooms can’t help but notice their increased traffic and revenue.
The Irish Poker Open, in partnership with partypoker, moved their longtime live tournament online this year. While this move might have broken tradition, it also drew a record 2,945 players.
The amount of entrants is all the more impressive when considering how 1,807 players competed in last year’s Irish Open.
888poker, Grosvenor Poker, Adda52, Americas Cardroom, and BetOnline are among the many poker sites that have seen higher traffic during the pandemic. ACR even held a charity tournament to benefit Feeding America during this troubling time.
With COVID-19 threatening to remain in society for the foreseeable future, online poker will continue providing a popular entertainment option.