Hands of Victory vs. Powerup Poker Part 2 – Adding depth, strategy and skill

Hands of Victory vs. Powerup Poker Part 2 – Adding depth, strategy and skill

In part one of this comparison between Pokerstars Powerup and Hands of Victory – two games  that aim to expand poker’s appeal through genre-crossing innovations – I  compared both game’s  most prominent novel game feature – their power systems. In this part I’ll discuss how both these power system along with other new rules and game mechanics add new layers of skill and […]

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Hands of Victory vs. Powerup Poker Part 1 – the Power Systems

Across the industry, established companies and startups alike are busy trying to figure out how to mitigate the risks associated with the millennial, gamer generation’s seemingly lacklustre appreciation of the conventional casino experience. One suggested idea championed by me amongst others, is to bridge the gap between video games, esports and traditional poker. Doing so should […]

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Premature calls for DFS regulation

When I began covering Daily Fantasy Sports two months ago, I effectively joined a choir criticizing key decisions made by and operational principles adopted by the two major providers of DFS, DraftKings and FanDuel. In the light of the ongoing media storm that both those companies now face, it may come as a surprise that […]

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Beyond the skill gap – Making big edges work

How do have the cake and eat it too? That is a question all people involved with player-vs-player skill games that feature a wagering element (such as online poker and daily fantasy sports) have to ask themselves. The more skill the more appealing the game is to competitively inclined hardcore players. The less skill the […]

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What makes Daily Fantasy Sports fun to play?

My debut post about the DFS industry and how the challenges it faces are similar to poker’s ongoing struggles covered a lot of ground. In this next installment I’ll dig a bit deeper and share some thoughts about the mechanics that actually make DFS fun to play – minus the obvious allure of being able […]

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The case for a truly competitive F2P poker game – a comparative study of online poker vs leading competitive f2p games

This week, the poker innovation start-up I am currently devoting my time to will the investment/partnership pitch trail for real. After a couple of months of intense work we feel ready to meet potential investors and partners to discuss or vision and showcase our early-stage products. In short, we are focusing on innovating poker in […]

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The demographics of the poker ecosystem

In the wake of my last post about the argument that recreational players are losing too fast, the old problem of defining the recreational player resurfaced. There is no unified view across the industry of what casual or recreational player means. There are many legit ways to approach such a definition and personal beliefs (and […]

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Innovating poker for Twitch and e-sports

Innovating poker for Twitch and e-sports

A Twitch craze is sweeping across the poker industry. A fairly recent change in the game streaming provider’s policy has switched poker’s status from regulatory pariah to being viewed as a logical next step for the game streaming movement. And it is. But poker and Twitch is not a perfect match. Hopefully the change will […]

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#Good4Poker List – Unibet, Matt Savage and Winamax

#Good4Poker List – Unibet, Matt Savage and Winamax

What is this about? You can read about the #Good4Poker List of Commendable Achievements, Initiatives and Personal Accomplishments here. Here are the first three candidates. In no particular order. UNIBET Unibet is one of the many major online European sportbooks that could easily consider online poker as much as a liability as an opportunity. While stile […]

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Poker’s next big story

Poker’s next big story

Throughout its decade long journey from a game enjoyed by a few degenerate millionaires and colorful pros in dark-lit casinos, to a game loved and played by millions online, poker has relied on great stories to keep its momentum going. First there was the idea of playing online itself.  Then there was the Moneymaker rags-to-riches […]

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Catering to the casual players? All hail the grinders!

Have you successfully turned your online poker business away from primarily pleasing greedy grinders and savvy highrollers? Have you fully embraced the casual player and begun to adapt your strategy accordingly? Have you recognized the flaws in the traditional rake/loyalty model adopted by online poker in the early days and invested in developing new pricing […]

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Beyond peak fold?

Beyond peak fold?

There is a popular prediction about online poker’s future that concludes tat this once smoky hot industry will slowly cool and eventually end in optimum strategy entropy. Heat Death. Too many players will become so good that there is no longer enough room to realistically outplay and outwit seasoned players. And on the other end […]

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A quick heads up on HUDs

Having opinions about HUDs is in fashion these days. As someone who’s been writing about this topic since I launched this blog in 2010 I’m thrilled. The increased attention has led me to rejoin a conversation I’ve stayed away from for a while because I’d said and written all I wanted to say and write. […]

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Fearing the complex

”But Kim, why are you guys making the game more complex? For years you’ve been telling us that we need to cater more to recreational players. Surely making poker even more complicated will have the opposite effect?” This is a reaction we will likely face as we make the first real rounds of introduction of […]

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Pay… please?

Price and revenue is no longer a function merely of product and market. It’s also the function of the means by which a company extrudes value from its product. In a time when all of us a are getting increasingly used to experience (seemingly) for free, use (seemingly) for free and get (seemingly) for free, […]

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Introduction

Dear game investors, game developers, experienced start-uppers and open minded poker pundits, Welcome to this blog about the development of a new online poker game. By adding additional flavors to the near perfect brew that is online poker I and the rest of the people already involved hope to concoct something that fills a gap […]

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Making Forced Player Segregation Work

Many online poker sites now have a profound understanding of how online poker players‘ play relationships affect their bottom lines. One player’s actions affect not only other players’ spending power but also the margin, or rake revenue per deposited dollar, on those players’ spend. So who plays who where for what matters. The old doctrine […]

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