A quest made with about 1500 English students showed a split in the life of young people, which was often ignored by both the pedagogic institution and the gaming industry.
The results show that gambling is a diffused habit in the life of college students: 91% are men and 84% are women who declared to have played at least once in the last 12 months. The most favourite are the casino games like poker which is played by the majority of the students (68%), but also the sports betting is popular for the 37%. 12% plays daily and weekly, 19% if it’s men who are playing and 5% if it’s women.
The percentages, in 2006, are a little bit higher than in the past years: in 2004 there were 10, 8% men and 3.3% women who played weekly. In 2003 even less: 5, 7% men and 1, 5% women. The young people are becoming more aggressive in the gambling world, especially at poker, not just s a new target of consumers but also as a new class of professionals of the new attractive game the Texas Hold’em.
Everybody remembers the result of the first World Series of Poker Europe last August, when Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad, Norwegian won the tournament at the age of 19 and left everyone speechless. Events like this are not that rare anymore.
Oberstad personally confirmed her talent last November in Dublin, winning the second price at the EPT, while Michael “Timex” McDonald, just 18, beat everybody at the ETP of Dortmund last 2nd February and won almost a million euro.
According the results of the last “live” Texas Hold’em tournaments in the world, clearly a new axis poker centre emerges. Grown in poker rooms of the medium, the internet, which is their habit, but they are able to be better live also, often humiliating old Texas poker guards.
Jonathan “Fieryjustice” Little, Scott “Bigriskky” Clements, Jared “Wacokidd” Hamby and Annette Oberstad herself are just a few names, all younger than 26 who, in the last 18 months, won practically everything. Alexander Kostritsyn, 21, won the Aussie Millions 2008 first price. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, 26, won the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure.
Michael “Timex” McDonald as we already mentioned is over eighteen. Gavin Griffin is already “much-decorated” and he’s just 26: he has an ETP, a WSOP and another WPT qualification. If you’re talking about qualifications, you’re talking about money: Griffin won in total about 4, 4 million dollars.
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