Keluaran HKPoker Predictions for 2005 – Legislation
Some 22 year old in Paducah will file for bankruptcy stating that his “addiction” to online poker drove him to run up $20,000 in credit card bills by playing weak aces out of position. This young man’s story will garner national attention, and the government will spring to action to protect its citizens from this addiction, and that is how the regulation and taxation process of online gaming will begin.
The WTO appeals body will uphold the original ruling, and US lawyers will pout over their first real loss since the WTO was formed.
The US government will introduce legislation (possibly hidden inside of another bill) to regulate, and tax online gaming earnings, possibly including stricter restrictions on US citizens having off shore bank accounts. The upside for players will be that funding online accounts will be much easier, as will cashing out.
POKER ON TV
2005 seems already certain to be the saturation point for Keluaran HKPoker programming on television. In the coming year, at least one gaming cable network will launch, and the plethora of tournament poker, and specialty poker shows will continue. ESPN will again expand on its already extensive coverage of the WSOP, and the World Poker Tour, (and the new Professional Poker Tour), and Celebrity Poker show no signs of slowing down in terms of ratings, or interest.
Still, one must wonder how much is TOO much in terms of poker on TV. The production values of some of the televised poker these days is bordering on insulting, and it seems only a matter of time before the good separates itself from the bad. At some point, people will begin to distinguish between watching tournaments with the stars of the game in them, and watching 6 random players go at each other. Any form of entertainment places high value on its “stars”, and one of the ways those stars are made is through repeated exposure. It seems that much like the world of online poker (see below), in 2005 we will see the streamlining of the offerings of poker on television, and well thought out, sufficiently budgeted programming will continue to thrive, while some of the lower budgeted programming may fall away. In the end, I think maintaining a certain quality level for TV poker programming will bode the best for the long-term health of poker as a TV option.
Predictions for Keluaran HK2005 – poker on TV
Steve Lipscomb will make more money than you or I (and many others) combined.
Some TV type will be the first to use a 4-color deck in a televised tournament. Purists in card rooms across the land will riot (or at least grumble).
Celebrity Poker will NOT replace a host.
The first television poker “league” will form, and play to mixed results.
I will make a television final table (maybe that should be under ‘dream’, and not prediction).