A survey of U.S. poker players commissioned by The World Poker Exchange, sponsor of the upcoming London Open lifestyle poker tournament in August, reveals preferences regarding playing poker, a game that is reaching new heights in popularity.
Seventy-five percent of players engage in a game at least 3 times a month. Respondents indicated that 39 percent play 5 times or more a month.
Moreover, a 57 percent majority of online poker players believe that winning is more about skill than luck versus the 74 percent of traditional casino poker players who believe that skill definitely trumps luck.
Given a choice, nearly half of poker players (45 percent) want to play online, and the same amount (45 percent) prefer playing face-to-face with friends.
Women are six times more likely to prefer playing online than in a casino (48 percent vs. 8 percent). Overall, more than 3 out of 4 players (77 percent) regularly play online each month.
Among players who play games online, nearly 6 in ten surveyed (59 percent) prefer to play poker online because it is less intimidating than playing in a casino. A full 75 percent of online poker players also said that it is both convenient and comfortable to play at home.
Additionally, online players say they can find a game at any time. 66 percent of the respondents stated they prefer playing online because they don’t need to worry about maintaining a "poker face," and 48 percent consider playing online a good way to practice for face-to-face games.
Forty-three percent like online play because hands are dealt faster than in a casino.
Men and women play poker about the same amount of time, with 60 percent of men playing up to 4 times each month and 62 percent of women playing up to 4 times per month.
Despite playing the same number of times each month, nearly half the women (49 percent) consider themselves a "social player," compared to 28 percent of men.
Almost 1 in 5 (17 percent) men rate themselves as "serious players" versus only 7 percent of women players.
When it comes to poker in a walk-in casino, 73 percent of men reported that they are comfortable playing poker in this environment, while only 52 percent of women would be at ease doing so.