I think it's definitely possible but without any hard numbers I'm just speculating. I work in higher education and quite a few universities in the US are completely suspending all face-to-face lectures and moving everything online.
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I think that this infection scared many people, but it all depends on where you live, Iím from Russia and on March 8 there were 17 sick people, many were already discharged from hospitals, if I had the opportunity to visit a casino, I would have done it without hesitation but from my place of residence to the nearest casino there are three days by train.
[QUOTE=blix177;5513333]Do you guys think more people are playing online vs live due to Coronavirus
This could be, but i donīt have statistics to tell you if it is true! Iīm from Germany, and they are suspending all events with more than 1000 people. So that could really be the case, that live players are switching to online-poker for this period.
I suppose that, like everything in many countries, work activities, classes and any kind of meeting of people have been suspended, poker would not be the exception of this, so most likely in countries where this terrible virus is affecting its population the players that they went to the casinos to play live they will be placed to play online although I do not think it is a significant increase since in 99% of the cases the players who play live poker also play in online poker
Sounds logical. Many players play both online and live and as the gatherings of people (including poker tournaments) are being limited in many countries it is normal people to play more online. In the countries which are affected seriously many people work from home or are under quarantine so we can also expect some new players or recreationals to start playing online fighting the boredom caused by isolation. Of course all these are just guesses and only the poker rooms have the real picture.
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It has already had an affect I think. I looked at the number of entrants in the tourneys on ACR on the weekend and for example if the guarantee was 30000 they would have got about 40000 in entry dollars. They seemed to be consistently taking in a lot more than their guarantees.
If economy will collapse because of the virus, then most probably there will be no place left for games like poker, soccer, and so on. The most popular game will be "Survive next 24 hours, and repeat it tomorrow"
Do you guys think more people are playing online vs live due to Coronavirus?
I think it could very easily increase but not so much due to an increase in live players moving to online. I think more due to large sportting events being cancelled (ie. NBA games). And what happens if baseball & Football games follow... 100's of thousands (Millions) of people who would normally be out spectating a sporting event on the weekend.. now cooped up at home. Bring on the pokerzzzz
I think the coronavirus is having a huge impact on online poker. The elderly are the most likely to die from the virus. Adults in their 20s are less than 1% to die, while those aged 60+ have up to an 18% chance of dying from it. So if you're young, go out and play.
In Hold 'em, you play your opponent.
The interesting thing will be what the organisers choose to do.
Currently EPT Sochi is scheduled to start in one week. Cases in Russia are extremely low, so I anticipate it will go ahead, but with this virus a week is a long time.
EPT Monte Carlo is one month later, when we will probably be around the peak of the outbreak. What happens then? Will PokerStars postpone the event? Cancel it? Or make it an online tournament with the same structure as the live?
Who knows? It's all speculation at this point.
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I definitely think, online businesses are among the only ones to potentially benefit from this virus. Its probably a bit of a trade off though, since many people will be scared of losing future income and cut back on luxury spending like gambling.
Obviously there will be an increase in online play with so many events and poker rooms being postponed or temporarily closed. Casino grinders will turn into online grinders.
Also as some have noted above, there are huge numbers at a loose end with most professional sports being temporarily halted- they could look to poker instead of sports betting.
The interesting thing will be when the virus ebbs - which could take longer than people think. Many experts now cite the idea of a potential second wave come fall/winter. That will mean many will be conditioned to playing online for months and it will be very interesting to see how fast people switch back to live poker. No doubt many will crave it...but some will feel quite relaxed playing at home in their pyjamas.
I am sure there will be a few who convert to online play in the longer term.
I would have to say Yes that the virus has caused a lot of people not to go to the local casinos and play more online from their homes. I know a friend who works at one of the larger casinos here in Colorado and her hours have been cut back due to the decrease in people playing slots, live games etc.
I think so. More people stay at home means they have a whole lotta of time (if they aren't working), when someone's spends a couple of hours everyday to play poker he or she would probably play more poker when there's an opportunity.
Coronavirus quarantine gives us an opportunity to accomplish a lot of things we couldn't do due to life problems - something positive about that quarantine. So, stay home and play poker👍👍👍
certainly these days are bad for everyone , the deaths the quarantine , the fear of the future and even the need to stay home most if not all of the time
but for online poker isnt this a shot to come back alive again to the 2009 2010 days?
i mean most of the people i know including myself are happy to play again to pass time
but how are poker rooms responding to this shot they have ?
i mean why dont they make some crazy promos or special tourneys to attract gamers that want to see time pass
hope u share my vision on this matter and what are ur suggestions?
Now when people are in their homes, I donít think that they will go with new promotions, because they donít need them to attract anyone. I see more people play, and poker rooms are really busy. So thatís why I donít think that they will put some new promotions
I see some increase of players in stars but do not expect to reach the levels before black friday. Regarding promotions - it is very dangerous to make campaigns directly connected to the quarantine caused by the virus as they will quickly turn against you (many people will say that you make money from people suffering). Pokerstars have campaign now but it is marketed as related to the 19 anniversary of the company and is till beginning of april so this is clever move. Other sites will also follow i suppose.
Well looks like corona is killing bitcoin, and some folks over at ACR are feeling it and taking away the freerolls as a result. I think its kind of funny actually, take away the easy normal payment routes and force feed us bitcoin. Its like they were getting 2 for 1 food stamp deals from their friends but got caught doing it! Good times.
More people home, more can play. My thoughts it should increase traffic. Don't think it will be a huge percentage of people playing over a couple weeks ago. There are more important this to do than playing poker for even the mildly interested in this game.
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I don't think poker sites need any promotions for the circumstance. There are more people home anyway and that should automatically increase the traffic. Besides, it could look bad if they try to take advantage of this situation.
It has increased a lot. On weekdays, on PS it was not exceeding 100k players. Now, there are 120k players. On Sunday there were 170k players at peak hours. In a normal Sunday there were maximum 120k. And it was no event.Very big increase....
I was watching Bloomberg TV today and they were speculating about what hardened sports bettors were gong to do now with all the big sporting events being cancelled. Plus, many casinos are closing. I hope they all jump into online poker. This health crisis and recession could be a huge boost to online poker sites.