PokerStars May Start Gambling Gold Rush
PokerStars deal to buy the Atlantic Club casino could be the start of a gold rush for the gambling industry.
It is thought that online companies will now be trying to buy land casinos in states where online gambling has been legalised.
PokerStars spokesman, Eric Hollreiser, says that “the future of gaming will require a mix of online and offline expertise.
We are the world’s largest online poker company and one of the largest producers of live poker tournaments in the world, which we produce in amny of the world’s best known casinos.”
Hollreiser said that PokerStars business strategy will help bring online players into casinos for live games and also remind casino visitors that they can carry on playing at home.
According to Hollreiser PokerStars drives “traffic from our online tournaments online tournaments to our major casino partners around the world. This drives a poker tourism business in cities such as London, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, (and) Rio. The traffic runs both ways as we introduce new audiences to poker in these live tournaments.”
As a result the presence of online companies in large land casinos could prove to be beneficial for both sides of the industry.