Happy New Year! Even though today is no different to yesterday, its that time of year where we all start looking ahead to the 12 months in front of us and speculate just what sort of 2010 it might be. 2009 was a massive year for poker in the United Kingdom and now we are looking into our crystal ball to see what 2010 might bring:
Increased Interest in Televised Poker
After our fantastic interview with Matchroom producer Eddie Hearn, we predict a renewed interest in televised poker in 2010, from both experienced players and new blood. With groundbreaking shows like the durrrrr challenge, the PKR Heads Up Grand Slam and the 36 hour cash den set to air, we think that poker players will have something new to Sky + over the next 12 months.
Chris Moorman to make his mark on live poker
For several years now the UK has boasted the best online tournament specialist in the world in the shape of Chris Moorman. After a year where he topped the online rankings, put pen to paper on a sponsorship deal and even watched his Dad win a GUKPT main event, we think that its about time we saw him score big on the live felt himself. With his new deal with Doylesroom there is little doubt he will be upping his participation in live poker so it should only be a matter of time before we see him at a major final table in 2010.
Akenhead and Kelly to Fly the Flag
2009 was an amazing year for two young and well liked poker stars, as JP Kelly and James Akenhead both realised their tremendous talents last year. Not only will both men have plenty of expectation on them this time round, they will also be representing the two biggest online poker rooms as sponsored players and commanding the front pages of all the UK poker press. We expect them to strive under these conditions and won’t be surprised to see both of them reminding us why they are the hottest talents in the UK this year.
A Busy and Competitive Live Poker Scene in 2010
2009 was a sporadic year for live poker in the UK; some events like GUKPT London and the WSOPE had record breaking fields, while other GUKPT events and poker tours like the British Masters struggled to make up the numbers, while the DTD Grand Slam famously had a massive overlay. With the introduction of the Pokerstars UKIPT in 2010 it is guaranteed that all the other poker events will have to stand up and take notice. The GUKPT has already announced their biggest and best value tour to date and DTD seem to be going from strength to strength, so we think UK players will be spoilt for choice in 2010.
The Future is Bright, the Future is Midstakes
And on that note, we fully expect a change in the climate of live poker to move more towards the middle stakes, which it did in 2009. £1000+ events have often struggled in 2009 but the £100-£500 events have been flourishing. The £300 DTD deepstack main event is the clearest indicator of this, regularly attracting 300 players each month, and the Pokerstars UKIPT also seem to have acknowledged this with many £500 main events. The European Deepstack Championships have also followed suit by reducing their buy-in and you only have to look at the $220 BoylePoker IPO, which attracted 1440 runners, to see the buy-in that your average poker player wants.
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