Young People Playing Poker More and More

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Posted on Nov 4th 2010  -  Subject: Young People Playing Poker More and More

In recent studies in Florida and one recently conducted by the Annenberg Adolescent Communitcation Institute in Pennsylvania, findings suggest that the surge in people between 18 and 22 playing online poker continues to increase.  The Annenberg survey determined that 1.7 million males between the ages of 18 and 22 are gambling online at least once a month and that 400,000 of them do it at least once a week. This represents an increase of 12% from two years ago and reflects other studies indicating this surge.

The Annenberg survey also also found that as many as 530,000 American high school males (aged 14-17) are gambling online at least once a month, which constitutes illegal gaming as it goes against the terms of service of all online poker rooms. The instances of high school females partaking in online gambling jumped 9% over the results from two years earlier.

The source and inspiration can be found in many places. There has been an increase in TV and media coverage making poker seem cool. There are many notable huge youthful success stories. For instance Annette Obrestad  who won a world championship at 18 and who has been actively playing since 15. Many of today's top players started playing when they were underage. Lastly, the ease of access and ability to play online poker for fun on Facebook via the hugely popular Zynga Poker enticing millions to try out free play chip poker.

Many college age males see poker as a viable career.  It has tremendous youthful appeal for its perceived flexibility of lifestyle, independence from established authorities and perceived ease of making good money in down economic times. The affects of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) seem to have had little impact on this youthful trend. Is it possible that in a regulated environment, more restrictions for underage gambling could be more effectively implemented?

Source : PokerSpace

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