New research report on online poker, nice list of companies

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Research and Markets: Online Poker -- Driving Gambling To New Heights
Monday June 20, 10:09 am ET


DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 20, 2005--Research and Markets (
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) has announced the addition of Online Poker -- Driving Gambling To New Heights to their offering.
Detailed industry report includes results of a survey conducted among industry experts featuring gambling's hottest topic.

Gambling reinvents itself constantly, and online poker is the product that seems to be the current guarantor of future growth. Online poker is the perfect symbiosis of two mega trends in gambling: online gambling and poker. What began as triumphant advance in the US is now leading to a global poker wave on the Internet with tremendous potential.

The amount gambled on poker websites around the world is estimated to be more than USD 60 billion for 2005.
More than 60% of the industry experts surveyed believe that online poker will be the dominant offer in online gambling in 2-3 years.
75% of the industry experts surveyed believe that the global annual rake/commission in the 2-3 years will be more than USD 4 billion.
An important reason for the rapid growth of online poker is the increasing number of successful TV shows featuring poker. There are many examples of successful poker TV coverage, among them the World Series of Poker on ESPN, Celebrity Poker on Bravo, and the European Poker Tour on Eurosport.

Online poker has also gone up in the estimation of the global business and financial community. Betting heavyweight Sportingbet just recently bought poker site Paradise Poker for about USD 300 million -not a bad price for a site launched in 1999, but more than 53% of the experts surveyed believe this price to be appropriate.

But this study also points out that the online poker market will become a tougher market in the future. With decreasing revenues per active player and growing competition, the poker operators have to find successful strategies for the future. The industry insiders surveyed recommend as the most important strategies for the future the creation of poker networks, the entry into the market by more betting brands such as Ladbrokes, and the consolidation of poker sites.

When it comes to geographical expansion, Europe seems to be the place to go; 52% of the experts believe that Europe offers the greatest future potential for online poker. Market leader PartyPoker, for example, is planning to launch its presence on television throughout Europe very soon and already operates its site in one other language besides English -German.

Companies mentioned include:

American Gaming Association
Anheuser-Busch
Apex Poker Network
Bellagio Casino
BetandWin
Betfair
Boss Media
Bravo Network
Cassava Enterprises
Challenge TV
eBay
Empire Poker
ESPN
European Poker Tour
Eurosport
FHM
GAT
Golden Palace
Harrah's
IGGBA
IGlobalMedia/Partygaming
International Poker Federation
InterPoker.tv
IntertopsPoker
KahnawakeGaming Commission
Ladbrokes Poker
Merrill Lynch
Microgaming
Pacific Poker
Paradise Poker
PartyPoker
Pizza Hut
Playtech
Poker Rook
PokerStars
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Random Logic
Sportingbet
Sunset & Vine
Travel Channel
TribecaTables
Ultimate Bet
Victor Chandler
WagerLogic
WagerWorks
World Poker Tour
World Series of Poker
Yahoo
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