Poker’s popularity in the UK has increased recently, with the UK Government pledging to invest more than £2 billion ($2.9 billion) in the game by 2020.
But a recent report from British bookmaker Bookmaker has revealed that the game is worth less than it was at its peak, and that the real value of the game may be considerably higher.
Poker has experienced an unprecedented growth in popularity in recent years, with a whopping 6 billion games played over the last three years, according to data from bookmaker Betfair.
The game is now estimated to be worth about £1.5 billion ($1.7 billion).
In an interview with the BBC, the betting giant said that, in the past three years alone, more than 40 million players have bought into the game.
The average price of a winning hand was £7,500, according the bookmaker, which added that it has recently started tracking the price of “high-stakes” hand-to-hand games, which the game uses to determine who wins.
Betfair has been tracking the market for poker for over a decade, and in 2018, it began tracking the number of poker players in the country.
The firm says that in 2018 there were 6.8 million poker players, and they have increased from 2.5 million in 2016.
The rise in popularity has been due to the rise of online gaming, where the stakes are higher and players are more willing to bet big.
However, in 2016, the number was closer to 10 million, according Betfair, but the company added that the trend is reversing.
In 2018, there were around 1.6 million players on the site, according data from the UK’s Big Five.
The number is expected to grow, with Betfair adding that the number is now expected to reach over 3 million by 2020, with an estimated value of more than $1 billion ($9.2 billion).