We can envision technology as an ever-approaching wave crashing upon the shores of our everyday lives. One of the challenges which we face is the ability to keep abreast of the latest advancements. However, this is even more relevant in terms of industry leaders and professional firms. Poker is an extremely popular gaming sector and it is being revolutionised thanks to this very same technology. How can developers stay ahead of the game while simultaneously satisfying the needs of players? Let us look at five suggestions which will come in handy along the way.

  1. Combining the Traditional with the Innovative 

There are many experts who feel that one of the best ways to ride the technological wave is to avoid reinventing the proverbial wheel. For instance, James and Tyler from Casingdom have a new game launching soon known as Shock to the System. This platform combines the traditionally appealing aspects of poker with innovative wearable technology that provides minor shocks to players during a game. So, we can say that competition has been taken to an entirely new (and shocking) level.

  1. Tapping Into the Mobile Community 

Research has shown that 80 per cent of all consumers now own at least one smartphone. This is why poker sites need to actively engage with this demographic. Through the use of friendly applications and mobile-reactive websites, players will be able to access their favourite games while out and about.

  1. Adopting the Proper Online Security Protocols 

We are all aware of the increased prevalence of spyware, malware and phishing scams. It is an unfortunate fact that countless individuals will have their personal details lost, stolen or otherwise corrupted. This is why it is critical for online poker providers to adopt the most robust security measures on the market. The majority of reputable portals employ what is known as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. This firewall prevents unauthorised individuals and third-party affiliates from accessing potentially sensitive information. It also happens that this is the very same system which banks and similar financial institutions have deployed for years. Players who know that they are in good hands are likely to remain loyal over time.

  1. User-Friendly Technology 

Many experts cite that technology will heavily centre around a user-friendly approach during 2018. So, poker providers need to adopt this very same methodology in order to retain existing players and to entice new members. There are several ways in which this con be accomplished. Some excellent suggestions include:

  • Providing multiple points of contact with customer service representatives.
  • Offering quick and simple navigation within a website.
  • Adopting flash games that can run across multiple operating systems.

With so many poker providers on the market, it pays to invest in this technology.

  1. Adding Social Media into the Mix 

Social media continues to represent a truly massive industry. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have attracted billions of users. Poker providers who are able to tap into this demographic are likely to enjoy a greater amount of success in the coming year. Developers will often include a widget which redirects players directly to these sites so that they can communicate with others while enjoying a round of poker.

In the same respect, it could be wise to consider adding a dedicated chat forum within a virtual poker match. This will keep players interested and they might even be able to make a few friends along the way. Leveraging the power of social media is predicted to be a noticeable trend throughout the coming year.

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Billy Goodwin A.K.A Skaidon (my gamertag). As you can probably tell I love gaming. You will more often than not catch me with my headset on yelling online. I also love blogging, especially about the tech industry, hence the birth of the blog ' Skaidon'. Feel free to get in touch with me anytime or if you fancy a challenge add me online using 'Skaidon'.