Popular Card Games around the World

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From time immemorial, Card games have been the center of attraction in the gaming world. They were quite prominent among the soldiers during World War I, and until now, they’ve not lost their charm. Card games are used in casinos for high-stake betting games. Considering all these factors, we can conclude that they’ve beaten all odds.

Google Trends data indicate that searches increase every year, especially during holidays. However, their popularity has exceeded the limits in 2020, given that the searches have increased by 112% in March and May.

The unexpected card game’s popularity resulted from the lockdown induced following the Coronavirus outbreak. People could not move around, and card games became their only consolation. This explains the sudden increase in card game searches.

Popularity Contest of the Card Games

Google search data highlights the 10 most prominent card games globally. Besides, there is a prediction regarding upcoming games that will rule the gaming world, just like the classics.

According to that data, Blackjack has more fans, but it’s facing stiff competition from other games such as Teen Patti, a game that has already started extending its roots into other 2 countries apart from India its origin. If the research conducted is anything to go by, Teen Patti will be played worldwide by 2025. Below is the ranking for Popular Card games across the globe;

This list has been created following the information revealed by Google trends data on Card games.

  1. Stud

Stud poker games rule the card games world with the current popularity of 91%. Nevertheless, popularity has decreased by 5%, as it was 95% in 2015. Stud poker’s future is not as bright as it seems because its future popularity percentage stands at 87%.

  1. Blackjack

The blackjack game is a force to reckon with among the card games. It’s already in 14 countries, hence loved by many players across the world. 5 years ago, it had percentage popularity of 55%. It has continued to attract more attention, with its current popularity percentage standing at 58%. Its popularity is projected to hit 60% by 2025.

  1. Teen Patti

Teen Patti refers to three cards. The game has its roots in India. This card game almost resembles 3 Card Brag British game. It uses an international 52 card park, and the ranking is in the usual order from high to low. At least 4-7 players can play the game. By 2025, Teen Patti will be a worldwide card game, according to the current research. 5 years ago, this game had a popularity of 35%, and its current popularity stands at 53%. However, by 2025, the popularity is projected to be 91%.

  1. Poi Gow Poker

Poi Gow Poker has not been left behind. In fact, it’s among the card games whose popularity is increasing at a ground-breaking speed. For instance, in 2015, it had 37% popularity, the current rate is 47%, while in 2025, the popularity rate is predicted to be 57%.

  1. Baccarat

Baccarat is one of the most loved card games. Its popularity has tripled in a short while from 11% to 45%. The Baccarat card game is promising and expected to hit 71% by 2025.

  1. 3 Card Poker

5 years back, 3 Card Poker had a popularity of 39%. The current popularity is 38%. Unfortunately, the current figure is predicted to fall by 1% within the next 5 years.

  1. Let it ride

Let it ride is gradually fading, having decreased its popularity from 51% to 35% within 5 years. According to Google search data, let it ride popularity will continue to decrease up to about 21% by 2025.

  1. Omoha

Omoha is a great card game and requires tons of action plus top-level strategy. It resembles Texas Hold’em, not to mention that it’s easy to play. Nevertheless, its popularity is decreasing from 46% to 35% within 5 years. By 2025, the percentage is projected to be 24%.

  1. Texas Holdem

Texas Holdem is an exciting card game, but it may soon become one of the things we used to know. Its future popularity percentage is 18%, while the current percentage is 35% from 52% in 2015. This game is available in only 2 countries.

  1. Jokers Wild

Jokers wild card game is the least in the top ten lists. Its highest popularity percentage was 14%, and it’s predicted to be 8% in the next 5 years. Currently, the percentage rate is 11%.

Fedor Holz

Fedor_Holz-683x1024Still only 25, Saarbrücken-born Fedor Holz has already enjoyed an extraordinary poker career. So far, he has won just one World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, in the High Roller for One Drop event in 2016, but collected $5 million for his trouble and enjoyed his biggest payout yet, $6 million, when finishing runner-up to Justin Bonomo in the WSOP Big One for One Drop event in 2018. In his short, but highly lucrative, career, Holz, who specialises in high roller tournaments, has pocketed seven-figure earnings on five other occasions. Currently ranked sixth on the all-time money list, with $32.6 million in live earnings alone, he is, unquestionably, one of the most talented and, arguably, luckiest tournament poker players of his generation.

Holz started playing poker, informally, as a 17-year-old student, before turning to online poker once of legal age. Subsequently, under the auspices of a prominent multi-table tournament (MTT) player, he received the instruction, and stake, required to progress his career as a professional poker player, both online and live. Holz won his first cash prize, €15,320 , or $19,288, for finishing runner-up in the GPT II Deepstack Series Main Event at the King’s Resort Live in Rozvadov in the Czech Republic in 2012. He became a full-time professional poker in 2013, settled in Vienna, Austria – where he still resides – in 2014 and, later the same year, under the moniker ‘CrownUpGuy’, saw off 2,141 other players to claim the $1.3 million first prize at the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event.

Justin Bonomo

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Like several of his fellow professionals, including Bryn Kenney, Justin Bonomo graduated to poker from ‘Magic: The Gathering’ at any early age. He frequently played poker online in his teenage years, but first came to worldwide attention when, in 2005, age the age of 19 – that is, still not of legal age to play live poker tournaments in the United States – he finished fourth in the European Poker Tour (EPT) French Open in Deauville, making him the youngest player to make the final table in a televised poker tournament.

Bonomo won his first of his three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets in 2014, but his second and third in 2018, a year in which he won nine tournaments and over $25 million in prize money. Highlights of his ‘annus mirabilis’ included a Super High Roller Bowl China event at the Babylon Casino in Macau, worth HK$37.8 million, or $4.8 million, to the winner and, of course, the WSOP Big One for One Drop event at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, worth a staggering $10 million. Bonomo has definitely benefited from the rapid increase in the number of ‘high roller’ poker tournaments in the last decade but, even so, his unprecedented winning streak in 2018 took him to the top of the all-time money list, ahead of Daniel Negreanu, with just over $45 million in live earnings alone.

Formerly a frequent and successful online poker player, under the moniker ‘ZeeJustin’, Bonomo has courted his fair share of controversy over the years and was, in fact, banned by PartyPoker for operating multiple accounts at the same time. However, in recent years Virginia-born Bonomo, 33, has focussed solely on live poker tournaments and, if 2018 and the early part of 2019 are anything to go by, appears to have made a wise decision.