Where Do Most People Play Poker?
We have looked into the poker trends to understand how the poker community has changed. To our surprise, poker seems to have become a Facebook game.
If you want to find out what people are looking for on the web, Google Trends has all the answers. Simply type in a couple of search phrases, compare them, and you'll instantly get a graph showing the trends right now.
To keep you updated on the poker buzz we will give you a weekly update on the poker trends. We will also use Google Trends to look at poker history and see how this world has evolved over the last couple of years.
Let's start with a topic most of you are familiar with: Online poker sites. What are the trends and where do people want to play?
It's amazing to see the world domination Party Poker had back in the day and what a hard blow the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was to their business. When they decided to leave the U.S. - or were forced to do so - the market became open to other sites.
Slowly but steadily, Full Tilt Poker and to some extent Poker Stars managed to take Party Poker's place and is now the most searched for poker site.
However, poker players are not only playing at traditional online poker sites anymore.
In the beginning of 2009, more people were interested in playing "Facebook Holdem" than "Online Holdem," and the trend seems to continue.
In fact, Zynga Poker, which is the most popular Facebook poker game with over 150,000 fans, has almost as many searches as Full Tilt Poker at the moment.
And if the trend continues, Zynga might become the biggest poker room in the world quite soon, although you're not able to wager a cent there.
One thing is for sure, if the owners of a poker site start to relax and become satisfied with their position, chances are that someone soon will take their place. People want to play poker; the question is only where.
If I owned a poker site, I would try to move some of the action to the social networks. Even if you wouldn't be able to collect any rake in those games, you have to be present where poker junkies are going to get their daily poker fix.