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Pros Or Newbies – Who’s Playing Live Poker at Online Casinos?




If you’re wondering who gambles online, the short answer is – almost everyone. It’s estimated that more than 4.2 billion people gamble on the internet at least once a year. Most of them do it by either playing online casino games like slots or roulette or by placing sports wagers.

Surprisingly, there’s also a significant community that plays live poker games over the internet. Many place the number at more than 100 million active players in the world. What’s interesting is that their number keeps on growing exponentially. This could mean that a significant number of players are only making baby steps in online poker, which raises the question of whether there are more pro-poker players or beginners.

How Experienced are Online Poker Players?

Who plays online poker more – pros or beginners? The answer is both. However, the two categories don’t cross their paths on internet poker platforms too often.

The thing is that pros are usually willing to play online poker at higher stakes. After all, they have money that they earned from playing poker professionally. Therefore, they tend to play against other high-rolling poker pros.


Poker newbies, on the other hand, usually start slowly, playing low-stakes games. That seems to be the right thing to do, at least for those who don’t want to risk losing all they got in just a few hands.

Another reason why newcomers are advised to start with low stakes is that this will enable them to get better at poker. This way, they get a chance to play poker for a long time against different types of opponents, gaining valuable experience along the way.

Play Poker Games Live In Different Languages

A study by researchers from the University of Hamburg a few years ago revealed that nearly one-quarter of all online poker players are from the United States. It’s no surprise, considering that this game’s birthplace is America. The growth of online casinos, on the other hand, has significantly contributed to the global increase in the number of poker players.

Poker at online casinos is not only tailored to newcomers, but it is also available in more languages. Initially, live poker games could only be played on English-language platforms, but as online gambling became more popular in other parts of the world, operators began to offer live dealers in additional languages. This includes some languages spoken in countries where gambling is banned. One of the best examples is the Middle East.

Poker is one of the most popular game categories at, and an increasing number of visitors from the region are looking for casinos that offer live poker in Arabic. As a result, online casino operators and game developers have recognized the market’s potential and are offering more products and services aimed at the Arabic market.


Gender Aspect of Online Poker

In the United States, 95% of all professional poker players are men, compared to just 5% of female poker players. Further, if you take a look at The Hendon Mob All Time Money List, there’s just one woman in the top 100. The lady in question is Vanessa Selbst, whose $11,906,247 in earnings make her the #79 most successful poker players in the world.

It’s a bit of a different situation when it comes to amateur poker players. Although no one can say for certain how many female players are playing live poker over the internet, it’s likely that their number isn’t small. The reason why there’s no data that could tell us the exact number of women playing online poker is that many gambling sites don’t require you to reveal your gender in order to be able to play.

What’s the Thrill Behind Playing Live Poker?

The main advantage of online poker is that you can play it wherever you might be. You don’t have to go to a casino – you can do it from the comfort of your home, but also on the go, playing it on your smartphone.

Another great thing about it is that the internet allows you to play poker against people from around the world. That said, you can always find some opponents ready to play with you for real money, even if it’s the middle of the night in your part of the world.

Conveniently, online live poker enables you to play whenever you want, wherever you might be, and against whomever you want.


Over the years, poker has become an integral part of American culture, with numerous movies and songs being inspired by the game. Just think of Lady Gaga’s breakthrough hit “Poker Face” and you’ll see what we mean.

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Great Canadian Entertainment Appoints Pauline Alimchandani as CFO





Great Canadian Entertainment has announced that it has appointed Pauline Alimchandani as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 31, 2024, subject to customary regulatory approvals. At that time current CFO Darren Gwozd will step down from the role. Ms. Alimchandani will be responsible for overseeing the Company’s finance organization.

“I am delighted to welcome Pauline to our exceptional senior management team. Her extensive public company experience and deep record of successful leadership roles in finance, capital markets and financial reporting, will be immensely valuable as we continue to remain focused on delivering long-term growth and creating value for our stakeholders in a socially responsible way. I look forward to her contributions,” Matthew Anfinson, Chief Executive Officer of Great Canadian, said.

“Darren has been a valuable member of our Finance team for more than six years and has helped lead our organization through a transformational period. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the senior management team, and Great Canadian’s team members, we want to thank Darren for his many years of leadership,” Mr. Anfinson added.

“I am very excited to join Great Canadian and see significant opportunity to build upon the Company’s strong financial and operational foundation, while developing capabilities that further establish the Company’s competitive advantage,” Ms. Alimchandani said.


Prior to joining Great Canadian, Ms. Alimchandani was Chief Financial Officer for Northland Power, where she oversaw a large global team across several key functions and chaired the organization’s Investment Committee. Ms. Alimchandani has over 18 years of professional experience, previously having served in roles that included Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dream Unlimited Corp, Vice President, Corporate Strategy at Dream, and Vice President, Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets. In 2020, she was awarded one of Canada’s 50 Best Executives by the Report on Business/Globe and Mail and in 2022, she was awarded Canada’s Clean 50, which is noted as being Canada’s top sustainability award.

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Clarion Gaming Digital Expands North American Reach with Global Gaming Business Acquisition





iGaming Business (iGB) parent company Clarion Gaming Digital has acquired Global Gaming Business (GGB) as it accelerates its growth strategy across North America.

The purchase includes GGB magazine’s annual publications Casino Style, Tribal Government Gaming and Progressive Products Preview (P3) as well as its online assets including GGB News.

It will extend the digital publishing business’ global reach as the North American market enters a crucial phase, providing clients with access to a significantly bigger audience through its range of marketing services products.

Founded in 2002, GGB is trusted title with a reach beyond sports betting and iGaming into commercial and tribal gaming. It bolsters Clarion Gaming Digital’s ability to provide a comprehensive range of news, analysis and data to every sector of the industry.


The acquisition is a cornerstone of a wider multimillion pound investment to enhance Clarion Gaming Digital’s data and audience development.

“This is a major milestone for our digital business as we unlock the benefits of our investment,” the Managing Director for Clarion Gaming, Alex Pratt, said. “We are acquiring a business with deep industry heritage and with it the opportunity to build on its solid foundations in the United States.”

The B2B Global Content Director for Clarion Gaming Digital, Robin Harrison, said the acquisition came amid changes to state regulations as well as new land-based and online developments across the United States and Canada.

“We are delighted to seal this deal, which brings in new industry expertise to the team, expands our reach and consolidates our presence in a crucial region,” Harrison said. “We will build an offering that acts as the final word on key industry developments and GGB’s authority and relationships takes us a step closer to that goal.”

“We have had lengthy discussions with Clarion Gaming Digital in recent years and believe it shares our passion and vision for serving our readership in a way that will maintain the quality of the publications for decades to come,” the publisher and Chief Executive Officer for Casino Connection International LLC, the parent of GGB, Roger Gros, said. “As the gaming industry continues to grow in many different ways, our relationship with Clarion will make certain that our pivotal role in the industry remains unchanged and we can continue our important work going forward.”


Clarion Gaming Digital plans to further accelerate its North American expansion by leveraging unique partnerships on offer through the wider Clarion Events portfolio such as the DigitalPlay Summit at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention over April 10 to 11.

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ReactivAction Limited Partners with Fast Track to Underpin Growth Strategy, Starting with the Brazilian Market





ReactivAction Limited, an ambitious new player in the iGaming industry offering online casino games and sports betting, has gone live with Fast Track, marking a strategic move to cement a stronghold across multiple markets, starting with Brazil.

This partnership not only marks a dynamic alliance but also a ground-breaking integration of Fast Track with Altenar’s renowned player account management (PAM) platform. This innovative collaboration highlights Fast Track’s exceptional ability to seamlessly integrate with various leading iGaming systems, further cementing its position as the industry’s most versatile and adaptable CRM solution provider.

With plans to expand beyond Brazil into Canada, New Zealand and Ireland through a second brand, ReactivAction Limited was on the lookout for a long-term partner that not only understands its growth trajectory but is also a critical driving force behind its growth. By leveraging Fast Track’s state-of-the-art AI-driven tools, lifecycle automation and real-time data analytics, ReactivAction Limited is poised to elevate its player engagement and retention strategies. This advanced technology empowers ReactivAction Limited to customize communications, personalised promotions and bonuses, aligning them with individual preferences and behaviours for a more tailored and engaging gaming experience.

“We were looking for a platform that sets us up for success from day one, making it possible to execute and automate the entire retention strategy, a system that could scale and mould around our expansion and provide solutions to our unique challenges,” the Director for ReactivAction Limited, Leone Stranges, said. “Fast Track’s lifecycle templates, real-time capabilities and experience within the industry made it a straightforward choice.”


“We are always excited at the prospect of empowering a forward-thinking operator through our platform,” the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Fast Track, Simon Lidzen, said. “We look forward to a fruitful long-term relationship to support ReactivAction Limited’s growth trajectory as it expands its brand into new markets.”

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