The new year has here, and everyone enjoys reading some intriguing forecasts. Since the epidemic, the poker world, especially online poker, has seen a mini-boom.
Online sites provide big monthly programs from all around the globe. World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, and other live poker tournaments have record fields and prize pools. It appears like there is always something new in the game.
USPoker editor Sean Chaffin and contributing writer Anthony Cicali provide their own prognostications for 2023 in light of the arrival of the new year and the impending poker action.
Poker players of interest
Who should we keep an eye on in 2023?
This is Sean Chaffin: I am not a prognostication specialist, but here goes anyhow. I believe that Phil Hellmuth will win yet another WSOP bracelet, along with other notable players including as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey.
These massive WSOP buy-in events seem to make it easier for some of these well-known professionals to succeed, as opposed to competing in tournaments with enormous fields and smaller buy-ins. Men like Jason Koon and Dan Cates excel in these competitions and will be players to watch in the future.
I believe that a Main Event winner similar to Joe Cada and Ryan Riess may also win a trophy in 2023. It seems that one of the men is due. Espen Jorstad and Koray Aldemir may have more success. Keep an eye on Stephen Song and Chad Eveslage as well, given their enormous 2022 campaigns.
Who are a few others to watch? Would you consider Corey Paggeot and Frank Funaro? Recently, these online poker players have been dominating the competition, including recent strong finishes in the WPT World Championship.
The following describes Anthony Cicali: In 2023, you may anticipate that the northeast team will maintain its recent success. Names such as Ryan Dodd and Frank Funaro are young guns with sound judgment. Expect more triumphs from this New Jersey squad in the future. They have been able to successfully adapt to live and online poker.
What’s next for online poker in the US?
SC: On the internet front, you should seek for more shared liquidity. Pennsylvania and a number of other states may merge their player pools. Nevada seems to be a perfect fit for more operators given that they may merge player pools with Michigan and New Jersey. So maybe something occurs there.
I also believe that New York or Illinois will allow online poker in the near future. However, making such forecasts in the past has resulted in significant disappointment. Will this occur again? Who knows, but little advances are being made in online poker. Expect BetMGM and WSOP.com to join the shared liquidity bandwagon by adding Michigan in the meantime.
AC: I anticipate that the PokerStars Michigan merger will have repercussions across the industry. If WSOP.com or BetMGM add Michigan and, ideally, Pennsylvania as well, it might be the spark needed to legalize additional gambling in the United States.
Last year, the PokerStars live Platinum Passes were a tremendous success in the northeast area. I predict more growth, particularly now that Michigan is included.
Aspects of live poker to look out for in 2023?
USPoker analyzed a few partypoker US Network Sunday majors to determine the current state of play in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
SC: Online sites are exceeding expectations when it comes to qualifying players for live tournaments. In 2022, PokerStars amplified this significantly for the forthcoming PSPC (PokerStars Players Championship) in the Bahamas. 888poker and PartyPoker are both making significant international attempts in the live poker field, and the post-COVID new year could bring much more.
Will this translate to the U.S.? BetMGM is already headed in this route with events such as the BetMGM Aria Poker Championship at Aria in Las Vegas throughout the summer. The business is doing something similar this month at the Borgata in Atlantic City with “The Return.”
There may be more events this year. In addition, WSOP.com continues to provide online qualifiers for events in the summer series in Las Vegas, as well as the rare freeroll chance to win a WSOP seat.
It would be fascinating to watch whether PokerStars launches its own live tournaments in the United States and offers online qualification to players. With a new platform shared with New Jersey and Michigan, it may be time to offer PokerStars Live to these states.
AC: I anticipate that the World Series will meet or exceed last year’s attendance. Expect vast fields once again. The WSOP deserves praise for releasing an early schedule. This helps more recreational gamers to plan and prepare for their travels.