Monday, July 30, 2007

An Interesting Statistic?

Usual Monday quick thought...

Was doing some research for a client's articles the other day when I came across a statistic concerning online poker that gave me pause for thought. This concerned the ratio of cash game players to tournament players at online poker rooms.

Here is an idea from one of the top poker rooms... the July Average was almost 9,000 ring-game players at peak times (US evenings I guess...) but 60,000 tournament players! This ratio was repeated at between 6/1 and 8/1 at all of the larger poker rooms.

Maybe it is not a suprise to you - but I somehow assumed that the ratio would be pretty much balanced.

GL at the tables, Mark

1 comment:

Mikey126 said...

I'm a little surprised the imbalance was that large, but not that cash players were in a substantial minority.

(Almost) all the poker on TV is tournament style. High Stakes Poker is an honourable exception, but a half-million dollar buyin is hardly showing you something that Joe Average can relate to.

And you can (sometimes) get a lot of play for your tournament $1+0.10 or whatever, with the (faint) possibility of winning a substantial amount if you get a long way in. I think the most recreational players would probably rather play one $5 MTT a week than grind it out in the $0.05/$0.10 cash games. And they're probably right to do so.

And if you don't want to invest any money at all, then freerolls are the only way to start a bankroll. Which - maybe - lets you get up and running without contravening the UIGEA...

Mike W