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September 14, 2005

50 Million Poker Players?

In an article I read recently the World Poker Tour estimates that there are 50 people playing poker! Thats 50,000,000!

The popularity in Poker, especially Texas Holdem Poker, has also contributed to a huge explosion in the book publishing business! The Las Vegas Business Press, in an article you can read HERE says:

"Poker's upsurge in popularity has been a jackpot for the publishing industry. New York City-based Cardoza Publishing is reporting a tenfold increase in sales for its poker-related titles and USA Today estimates that 60 poker books will make print this year."

Also, somewhat suprising.... "According to Huntington Press Publisher Anthony Curtis, the national leader in poker publishing is not Cardoza but Henderson-based Two Plus Two Publishing, run by Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky.
Gambler's Bookstore owner, Howard Schwartz, reads one of the many new books on poker. He says his store now has 250 separate titles on the card game, double the number in stock a year or two ago.
Between them, the pair have written 26 of Two Plus Two's 43 poker titles."

And now with the increased number of events from this years WSOP being shown on tv, I dont see things cooling down any time soon!

Posted by fatbill at September 14, 2005 09:02 AM


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