join awop poker forum

Top Articles

Casino Trends in 2016: What does the Future Hold?

 Casino Trends in 2016: What does the Future Hold?

2016 is now in full swing. We’ve got past the horror that is January, February whizzed by like it wasn’t even there and now we’re into March. These few months have been quite clear on what to expect in terms of casino trends in 2016. Before this year completely runs away from us, we’ve got enough information to look into what will be the key casino trends for 2016.

 

The Dominance of Online Casinos

Nevada’s 71 poker rooms have reported a 2.85% drop in their collective revenue, year on year, from January 2015- turning a revenue of $9.5 million in January 2016. All the while, the online gambling market has been predicted to see a compound annual growth rate of nearly 11% between now and 2020. This is a strong argument to suggest that a key trend for casinos in 2016, and possibly beyond, will be the dominance of online casinos.

The online gambling market is currently worth $37 billion a year. According to the American Gambling Association, this can be attributed to the fact that 85 nations across the world partake in internet gambling. Europe is the strongest of all the markets, and according to the European Commission, online gambling in the Old Continent is worth almost $15 billion a year. On top of this, the EC estimates that the European market is growing faster than the rest of the world.

The United Kingdom is the healthiest online gambling market within the European powerhouse. Here there are over 18 million online gambling accounts, spread across dozens of providers. The UK’s strength is in part due to the fact that they do not ring-fence their members, they allow players from all over the world to play together- no matter which country they are playing from. Between 2009 and 2005, the United Kingdom Gambling Commission reported a play increase of 328% for online slots, a 52% rise in table games and a 26% rise in online poker and a shift of player attention to related real-world tournaments.

 


Photo source: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com

 

So what’s causing this move away from the casino floors and onto the screens? There’s definitely still the pull of a live casino, the drama, excitement and lavishness will never go away, however, technology is advancing this trend. There are now more options for the stay at home gambler to enjoy their favourite casino games anywhere they choose.

Providers are allowing them to play on their desktop, tablets and even phones. Online casinos are accessible, easy for anyone to join and try out and there have been several success stories of newbie gamblers seeing big wins. Coupled with the fact that internet providers across the world are offering faster and more reliable services to their customers at cheaper rates, it’s no wonder that online casinos are seeing a boom.

 

Virtual Reality Casinos

Virtual reality is a concept that has been on the tip of the trends tongue since the 1980s, when pioneering computer scientist Jaron Lanier introduced the term to the world. Ever since, companies and developers have been pushing this technology forward, and we’re now starting to see virtual reality casinos step into the present.

At the ICE event in London at the start of February, Swedish casino games developer NetEnt showcased an interactive innovation experience with reality slot machines as a key highlight of their exhibit. Visitors were invited to enter the world of their popular Jack and the Beanstalk game with their new virtual reality offering - a trend that gaming giants see as being key for 2016 and beyond.

Virtual reality is an exciting move for online casinos, and it’s not surprising that slot machines are the game that are spearheading this trend. Slot machines and popular culture have a very rich history of moving with each other. Generally we see slot machines being led by trends in popular culture, with famous personalities and films becoming games, whereas here they are leading the trend.

And what do we think is pushing the virtual reality casino movement? Well, companies like NetEnt are certainly doing their bit to be creative and constantly challenge their market, and then there are developments such as the Oculus Rift Head set, which will be released in 2016. This is the latest in virtual reality technology and it’s bringing VR into our homes, on to our computers and our phones. Coupled with the fact that casinos are constantly struggling to win the attention of the millennial audience, who were raised on screen technology. Advancements like this are making the dreams of virtual reality casino operators a reality, and we predict that in 2016 we’ll see more offerings on the market.

 


Photo source: http://www.youtube.com/

 

Grabbing the Attention of Millennials

We’ve already touched upon what we think is going to be one of the biggest trends in casinos for 2016, and beyond, and that’s attracting more millennials to bricks and mortar casinos and online casino brands alike.

A millennial is someone who belongs to the demographic that follows generation X. Generally researchers and commentators use birth years to define a generation, and anyone born in the early 1980s and later sits in the millennial demographic. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, 59% of millennials turn to the internet for information and entertainment. There are 92 million millennials in the US alone, Goldman Sachs reports.

Millennials grew up in an electronics-filled world. They experienced the social media boom first hand - they were part of it, shaping its future. They have received more marketing attention than any other demographic before them. As well as this, millennials were raised on the “follow your dreams” mantra - they tend to be confident, sure of what they want and savvy with how to get it.

For bricks and mortar casinos, this is proving to be a cause for concern. As their core population ages, casinos are wondering who is going to replace them and how they attract them. Of course, the next generation of casino players is made up of millennials, but they’re not walking through the doors.

 


Photo source: www.casino.org

 

As a result, casinos will be bringing more skill based games and technology to their floors to entice the younger players. Social elements will become more important, with food and beverage options improving to get the millennials through the doors. After all, this generation is used to a plethora of options when it comes to dining.

2016 should be an exciting year for casinos, it looks set to be one that is strongly tilted towards technology. Everyone in the market is going to have to work hard to keep up with the fast moving developments, but we also believe that it will be key not to let new technology run away with itself and respect the rich history of casinos.


Special Reviews and Articles

Novoline
By Paul Steven
Where Are the Hottest Live Poker Rooms in the World?
By John Stevens
American Poker II
By Paul Stephens
For Canadian Poker Players
By John Jones
5 Facts On Why Casinos with Poker Room Are Safer than Standalone Ones.
By Paul Stephens
Let us know Poker
By
How Coral are revolutionising the game of poker
By
Playing Online Poker? Tips that will help you win
By
Showcase your stats with 888 personalised poker videos
By Paul Wilson
The Hippodrome London Review
By
Comparing the Top 5 Online Casinos in Canada
By
Round up of the WSOP main event
By
Tips to win at Poker
By
Common Beginner Mistakes 2
By JackRag
Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, or No Limit?
By JackRag
Common Beginner Mistakes 1
By JackRag
When to Slow Play
By JackRag
Profiting from Multi-table Tournaments
By JackRag
A Guide to Poker Bonuses
By JackRag
When to fold a big hand
By JackRag
Value Betting
By JackRag
Is Poker a Game of Luck or Skill?
By JackRag
Poker Hand Rankings
By JackRag
Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, or No Limit?
By JackRag
Playing Pocket Pairs
By JackRag
AQ in NL Holdem
By Steve Larson
The Importance of Position
By JackRag
Stealing from position
By Steve Larson
How to play AA
By JackRag
Common Online Poker Tells
By JackRag
Common Live Poker Tells
By JackRag
How do you play poker?
By GNews
Should you treat poker like you would an investment?
By GNews
The dangers of slowplaying
By Eeyore
SHORT STACK EQUITY
By B Raggers
When not to raise with the best hand
By Eeyore
MEN LIE
By B Raggers
LIVERPOOL CHALLENGE
By B Raggers
DOES NOT COMPUTE
By B Raggers
CALL ME
By B Raggers
Basic Omaha 8 strategy
By Eeyore
Phil Hellmuth VS Poker Office
By B. Raggers
Game selection – continued
By Eeyore
No-Limit Holdem Tourney Self-Destruction
By the Cut-off Razor
No-Limit Holdem Tourney Blow-up
By the Cut-off Razor
A fundamental difference between STT's and MTT's
By eeyore
Sharkscope
By B. Raggers
My first Ever Live Reporting Experience
By The Cut Off Razor
Game Selection Basics
By EEYORE
CHUTZPAH OR CIDER
By B. Raggers
The 'NET' Benefit
By The Fox
And the flop came...
By The Viper
More Poker Reflections
By The Viper
Poker and Politics
By The Viper
Action at the Rosebowl
By The Viper
Poker Fairies
By The Viper
Royal Flush Towers
By The Viper
Bonanza Celebrations
By The Viper
Jacarama
By The Chaser
Perchance to Dream
By The Viper
Now it can be told
By The Viper
A Personal History of Poker
By William W. Grey
The Merits of a Casino Poker League
By Chris "SpuddyD" Flint
Poker Bots or Utter Rot?
By John "Emrys" Dempsey
Texas V's Omaha
By Gareth "The Nugget" Jones
Poker Odds
By Mark "The Chaser" Greenwood
A POKER FAIRY TALE
By Mark "The Chaser" Greenwood
Mandatory Calls
By Warren Clarke
The Scuba Death Game
By Tim "Dogma" Flanders
How to Play Texas Holdem Poker Part I
By Pokerlistings
How to Play Texas Holdem Poker Part II
By Pokerlistings
How to Play Texas Holdem Poker Part III
By Pokerlistings