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How Poker Players Can Benefit From The Rise of Free Bet Offers

2017-06-01

That Poker has enjoyed an unprecedented surge in popularity over the last several years should come as no surprise to any regular reader of this website.

Spearheaded by the rapid growth of technology and widespread access to 24/7 WiFi, the digital revolution has introduced Australia to an influx of online betting and virtual casino sites.

Whilst the sheer number of such sites certainly plays a factor in such popularity, it is the competition between them that has been the biggest driving factor behind Australian Poker's boom period.

Seeking to stand out in a crowded market place, site owners faced with stiff competition soon began taking the tried-and-trusted method of giving something away in order to attract new customers.

In this instance, that "something" was free gambling credits or matched bonuses, promoted as a gift for new sign-ups and ultimately used as a means of ensuring that players stuck with the brand promoting the offer, rather than one of their competitors.

It was, by all accounts, a successful strategy, attracting increasing numbers of new players as each month went by.

Whilst the seasoned veterans of the game were naturally among them, it was the amateurs, the novices, and the absolute beginners that would prove to be Poker's biggest source of revenues, each taking advantage of free sigh-up offers to get their first taste of the game with none of the risks involved.

From Online Poker to Real World Popularity

From that first taste, many began to take their interest to the next level, leading to a rise in the number of physical, real-world Poker tournaments.

Creating a perfect circle of events, the growth in popularity of real world Poker would lead to a spike in new sign-ups to online platforms, the online platforms would take their interest to the real world, and thus the cycle continued.

Meanwhile, friendly games and amateur competitions would also play their part in Poker taking off in a way that few other forms entertainment could claim to match.

Until now.

Inspired by the Poker industry's marketing strategy of giving away special offers to attract new sign-ups, the world of sports betting has spent the past few years adopting a similar tactic, drawing customers back to the bookmakers by offering free wagers.

Much as it did with casinos, the move proved successful, even spawning its own niche industry.

Today, sites listing recommended free bets for AU players are commonplace, helping punters to seize upon the latest special offers, and navigate their way to those sites offering the highest amounts of free betting credits.

Again, this worked.

As we slowly approach the end of the decade, sports betting now lives Poker a serious run for its money in the popularity stakes.

Does that mean that the casinos and tournament organisers should feel their market dominance threatened?

Is the emergence of free bets poised to usurp Poker as the undisputed king of the gambling industry?

Not necessarily.

Used correctly, free bet offers could actually prove to be a useful tool in the Poker player's arsenal.

How Free Bets Could Spearhead Poker’s Next Boom Period

What this comes down to, is an opportunity for players to begin taking advantage of sports betting offers for themselves, ultimately using winnings to finance the next Poker game without reaching into their own wallets.

In the coming months, this could well become even easier.

Whilst offering free bets was initially a solid, fool-proof way for early adopters to stand out from the crowd, once the competition got wind of the idea, it merely became industry standard. Now, those innovative sports betting platforms have been forced to find a new way to differentiate themselves from their rivals and continue to attract new players.

To do that, many have begun taking the idea of a free bet offer one step further by eliminating the need to put down a deposit.

Whilst rules and restrictions no doubt apply, this does present Poker players with a unique opportunity to up their accounts and put funds towards their next game whilst keeping their own money safe.

As such, rather than detract from Poker’s popularity, the rise of free sports betting could be just the thing to spearhead the game’s next boom period.

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