The above question asks whether Poker Table Tops are an affordable alternative for Poker Players in today’s economic climate? And whether or not Poker Table Tops make the playing of Poker more accessible to general members of the public, the ordinary Poker player?
This question is not posed merely to promote the product of Poker Table Tops. It ponders if the affects of the recent / present Recession, which has resulted in growing unemployment, reductions in take home pay and subsequently disposable income and the limiting of individuals earning potential, has led to the playing of Poker in casinos to become an unaffordable luxury for many Poker Players.
In attempting to put forward some kind of 99 domino poker rational and logical argument to the question that is posed by the title, one must first ask ‘Who is the ordinary poker Player?’
According to eCOGRA (e Commerce On-line Gaming Regulation and Assurance) the typical on-line poker player was:
- Male 73.8%
- Age 26-35 (26.9%)
- Play two to three times per week (26.8%)
- Have played for two to three years (23.6%)
- Play between one to two hours per session (33.3%)
- Play one table (24.1%) or two tables (24%) at a time
- Play both cash games and tournaments (34%)
- Play at big blind levels of $0.50 to $2.00(US) (61.2%)
- Play with 6-10% of their bankroll on the table at any one time (23%)
- Claim that they are average in terms of skill
- Feel that there is slightly more skill involved in poker than luck (31.9%)
- Travel over 100 miles to play poker at least 2 times per year (38%)
- 52% Internet Poker players have a bachelors degree or higher
- 75% of those who did not and would not try internet gambling where married while 56% of internet gamblers were married
- 37% of casino goers gamble online as compared to 5% of the general population
The above statistics not only show the general make up of the ordinary Poker Player but also their playing habits. Granted the above statistics are applicable to the on-line Poker Player, however eCOGRA went on to state, “Most studies suggest that demographics of online gambling are broadly similar to those of the offline gambling population, with a spread of income, gender and education.”
Given the ravages of the world wide Recession money has become a scare commodity and people are retreating from the high streets. With less money in people’s pockets there is less money for people to spend to help boost the economy.
With any recession people are left to re-evaluate their finances. Usually their little luxuries in life are the first to be sacrificed in their home budget. These luxuries include those trips to the casino to play the great game of Poker. It isn’t a free and desirable choice, it’s a choice dictated by the effects of a failing economy.
Granted on-line Poker offers the ordinary Poker Players the opportunity to play the game but that, in my opinion is impersonal. For me there is nothing like the feel of playing Poker in a room, face to face with your opponents, yet being part of the camaraderie that exist between players.