Online poker experienced a triumphant Easter weekend with record numbers of players flocking to the tables for tournaments and cash games.
A grand total of 34,077 entrants paid $215 to enter Pokerstars’ Sunday Million with more than 37,000 entering the Sunday Storm.
partypoker also enjoyed a manic weekend as 1,260 entered the Irish Open Online, which saw Brazilian ,Pablo Brito Silva, scoop €462,000 for finishing first.
Congratulations to Pablo Brito Silva for winning the Irish Poker Open Main Event for €462,000! What a year Pablo is having as he was also the #MILLIONSSouthAmerica Main Event champion in February!😮 pic.twitter.com/2vlcWtw7rA
— partypoker (@partypoker) April 13, 2020
And while there was a wide selection of tournaments to play it was cash games that saw a huge spike as a result of partypoker’s $1 million cash game leaderboard.
Even A-list celebrities hopped on the poker tables over the weekend with Ben Affleck hosting a charity tournament on America’s Cardroom with the likes of Tom Brady, Bryan Cranston and Adam Levine all featuring.
A sign of things to come for online poker
One of the reasons for the recent online poker boom, is the postponement of live poker events.
The rise in activity is more or less expected but the most important metric to measure will be how it maintains after the global lockdown is lifted.
One major positive is that new players are beginning to learn about the game of poker which means that they may be more inclined to pick it back up once restrictions are lifted.
The schedule over the coming weeks isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with Pokerstars hosting its 9th anniversary Sunday Storm on April 26 with a $1 million guarantee and a $11 buy in.
partypoker is also continuing to host impressive tournaments as the Powerfest continues this month while the highly-anticipated World Poker Tour will come online in May.
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