It has been discussed at length a lot over the past few years when it comes to regulation within the poker industry – is online poker a game of skill or chance? It has been accepted in many circles that it is predominantly a game of skill that involves luck, online poker India is one place where the regulation has been introduced to this effect. On that basis, why is it doing so much better than other games of skill?
If you look at the set up behind poker, not just online poker in India but online and offline poker from around the world, you will begin to see why.
The WSOP pays the main event winner over $5m in winnings just from one tournament and there are literally millions to be won every single week in online poker sites the world over. Compare this to the situation of other skill-based games, such as blackjack, rummy, and backgammon, and you will start to see why the popularity of poker is growing much quicker than in other games.
Rummy has always been big in India, certainly before regulation which made it legal to play poker – but the prize money available is nothing compared to poker.
Blackjack can be played in many places across India both online and offline, but you can only win double your stake – 3 to 2 on the rare occasions you are dealt Blackjack – so although it is popular in casinos, it doesn’t have the same following as poker.
Playing online poker in India gives access to many tournaments that take place every day on top of the promotions and bonuses that are given out to new and existing players to entice them to a certain site. The amount of competition around from the many online poker sites means it is the player’s market as there are many brands chasing each player. This also helps to drive up the prizes available.
There simply aren’t nearly as many backgammon or rummy sites available for players to compete against each other. When deciding where to play, it is important to look at what is the most important aspect of a poker site for you individually. For many, it is the bonuses you get as a new player, for others, the ongoing promotions such as cashback. Those that play mainly tournaments will look at the guarantee prize pools a site has or the number of freerolls there are.
The choice a poker player has compared to a rummy player is non-comparable. Rummy may have been the most popular skill-based game for a number of years, but unless more sites introduce it and offer considerably more in prize money and incentives, rummy is destined to remain pokers, little cousin.