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In December, 2011 US Gaming Survey in conjunction with the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), conducted a comprehensive panel survey of current and former online poker players to help the PPA and poker sites understand the nuances of online poker player behavior. The survey also elicited opinions regarding the recent crackdown of online poker operators by the federal government known as “Black Friday.”
The study was a resounding success. The U.S. Online Poker Survey was completed by over 82% of visitors resulting in over 8,000 responses. Respondents represented all 50 states as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico and 10% of those who completed the survey were female.
Moreover, 2,400 respondents provided valuable information and feedback related to the law enforcement crackdowns on Black Friday and explained how it could potentially influence their future poker play and wagering decisions.
The results illustrated various behavioral aspects of the online poker player and yielded surprising information about the link between online poker and lottery sales. Many states have expressed concern that licensed and regulated online poker would cannibalize lottery revenue but the survey showed this is not true.
The results from the survey clearly illustrated that U.S. online poker players tend to play the lottery but do so conservatively and their poker play has little effect on their lottery purchases. The survey also showed that poker players would prefer to play in a regulated, safe environment and are not deeply concerned with paying taxes on poker winnings.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the results,” Larry Gibbs, VP of Research at US Gaming Survey replied. “The information from this survey has helped all involved understand the benefits of licensed and regulated online poker.
It clearly shows that poker players want regulated online poker and are willing to abide by federal or state preferences to get it. The resulting information and detailed analysis will undoubtedly support the PPA’s effort in urging the U.S government to legislate online poker in the near future.”