Online grinders crave the glory and reminiscences of profitable a serious MTT simply as a lot as their dwell counterparts.
This week our outdated good friend Pleno1 stated one thing I couldn’t agree with extra, that main online tournaments ought to have trophies on the finish of them.
I additionally genuinely suppose that folks would reasonably win $9500+ this trophy than $10,000 lol
— Patrick Leonard (@padspoker) March 3, 2021
Not each MTT after all, a poker site would exit of enterprise shortly in the event that they needed to ship a giant steel gong to everybody who performs a $500 assured MTT. But flagship occasions just like the Sunday Million/Sunday Storm and any occasion from a prestigious sequence like WCOOP. UOS, Super Millions and so on.
Poker gamers prefer to fake they’re 100% rational and solely make selections based mostly on EV, however the actuality is completely different. For no matter motive, the mythology round bracelets means 1000’s of poker gamers head to the WSOP (whether or not in Vegas, Europe, or online) and sometimes play exterior of their bankroll to win a chunk of poker historical past. One of my commonest interview questions through the years was “would you take a losing WSOP if you won a bracelet at the end of it” and about half the gamers stated sure.
Again, poker gamers say they’re rational, however everyone knows gamers, in some instances good gamers, who have taken unhealthy offers at closing tables to safe getting the trophy on the finish of it. There have even been offers the place the winner of an occasion walks away with much less prize cash than the runner-up simply to be declared the champion.
As poker gamers everyone knows how shortly cash may be spent or misplaced once more, however profitable a title is everlasting, even in the event you promote the trophy on eBay. You will at all times be the ‘X Champion’ and that’s one thing that can not be taken away even in the event you cease enjoying. Just this week I bought heads-up in a UOS occasion and the very first thing I considered, earlier than the first place prize, was the truth that you may unlock a little bit trophy avatar on Unibet once you win a type of (I misplaced btw).
We all crave glory
So I might argue that if an operator purchased and shipped customized trophies for his or her flagship Sunday Majors and sequence occasions, the rise in site visitors can be sufficient to breakeven on the value of every trophy. Then you create some additional promotion when individuals share their trophies on social media.
Some online occasions already do that, most notably the WSOP that befell final 12 months on GGPoker, which led to ‘unboxing movies’ for bracelets. Now can be the correct time to make online poker trophies a cottage business, given what number of usually dwell occasions have moved to the online house due to lockdown.
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 22, 2020
It’s not rational in any respect however online gamers crave glory and making reminiscences simply as a lot as dwell gamers. Or a minimum of give us extra customized trophy avatars.
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