What Does 2023 Hold for Poker?

As we approach the end of 2022, it’s a perfect time to look ahead at what lies ahead for poker in 2023. Unlike some hobbies and pastimes that remain unchanged for decades, poker has constant evolution and trends that impact the poker landscape. The combination of technology, game theory and legislation certainly keep poker exciting but what do we think next year holds? Read on to see.

More Cryptocurrency

Crypto-currency and it’s growing usage in online poker is showing no signs of stopping. Its evident that poker players love it and want to see it’s implantation across their favourite sites. Several poker platforms already accept cryptocurrency and I can only see more jumping on the bandwagon. The majority of online casinos with no deposit casino bonus codes have been accepting the major forms of cryptocurrency already so its natural for poker to follow suit.

The recent FTX crash has certainly put a spanner in the works though. But it could be for long-term benefit of the cryptocurrency industry as it may force regulation. The greatest stumbling block for crypto is the lack of regulation, but is this something that concerns poker players? Probably not, they’re just happy to have a currency that is anonymous and fast.

Home Games will take off

With the world returning to a new normal in the last year, we anticipate live poker growing in popularity. People will be less worried about hosting parties and gathering so we expect home games will really take off in 2023.There’s nothing quite like playing poker “for real” so don’t be turning down private game invites. They’re an amazing experience where you can combine good company, drinks, snacks and money to have a memorable time. Don’t forget to read our how to host a poker night guide and find the best poker chips for home games too.

Virtual Reality

This prediction is a little out there but if not 2023, then 2024. Virtual reality has been taking over gaming in recent years. It’s not taken a foothold in the poker sphere yet but its not far. PokerStars has their own PokerStars VR where you can experience VR poker through Oculus or Steam, so watch this space next year.

 I suspect the legality around real money gambling and VR is what has delayed it taking over already but the major VR developers and poker platforms will probably work together in the future to make it work. Let’s see if it happens in 2023…

Vegas World Series of Poker

A few days ago Caesars announced that the WSOP will be back at Las Vegas in 2023. It’s due to run from 30th May 2023 to 18th July 2023. This is great news for the poker community as the World Series will remain at its home for a 2nd year.  It will be the 54th year and be held at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.

The full schedule will be released in early 2023 but we already know the $10,000 Main Event will run from July 3rd to July 17th. With record numbers last year and less international travel restrictions, we can expect the record to be broken again. Don’t forget to enter those satellites online to give yourself a chance of being a WSOP champion and become a millionaire.

Last Thoughts

That’s our main predictions for 2023 complete. The further growth of cryptocurrency, more home games running, virtual reality entering the poker world and an amazing WSOP to look forward to. What else do you think is in store for 2023? Get in touch with us at info@texasholdemquestions.com to let us know and perhaps we’ll do a future blog post on it. If you’re stuck on what you’ll be doing in 2023, read our post on poker goals.

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Narciso Baldo is the Director and Head Coach of Texas Hold'em Questions. He has been playing poker for over 16 years. After spending many years as a professional, he now runs UK poker training site Texas Hold'em Questions. Narciso regularly writes poker articles sharing tips, strategy, news and experience with gambling enthusiasts. Narciso also writes for reputable gambling portal Casino City Times, (bio here). Contact: info@texasholdemquestions.com