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That’s an interesting question. I do look at my game as the one direct competitor to Texas Hold’em and I feel the industry has evolved to the point where players want more options to mix things up. I look at my efforts to grow the game as a marathon and not a sprint.


I do not intend to replace Texas Hold’em. That’s just not realistic. I just want to find my niche. If I can have a tab beside Omaha and Stud on online sites, I’m quite happy. I do think the industry needs a game like mine. With such low barriers to entry – there were 100+ new online sites in 2005 – the online giants are bleeding margins because they do not have a claim on the product they are offering. If a site or sites license my game, they retain all of the players. Because the game can’t be offered anywhere, it removes the incentive for players to jump from site to site chasing promotions.


Though sites will have to pay a licensing fee, the margins they make on my game will be higher than Texas Hold’em, and are insured in the long-term. So there is quite a bit of incentive for those who want to grow the game. I want to focus on Asia and other emerging markets where I can get a foothold before the roots of Texas Hold’em grow as deep as they have in the US and Europe, but if in ten years I have 10% of the market for poker, I am more than content. I think there are places where Texas Hold’em is a great game, at high limits and in small fields of skilled players. I think there are places where my game is better. I want people to think of my game merely as an alternative.