BoP: What would say are the most important differentiating factors that make Pokio stand out from the crowd?
– Pokio is simply more fun and social than traditional online poker operators. In Pokio you can interact with other players, throw things at them, share poker games directly on social media with a couple of clicks and invite your friends to play directly with you at the table. Compared to the other apps we also have the added benefits and security of having a B2C EU Gaming license. All our payment methods are certified, and our funds are held in segregated accounts and checked regularly by the regulator. Players’ funds are safe with Pokio and not at the mercy of shady agents or intermediaries.
We think the future is definitely more socially oriented. Real money poker apps like Pokio appeal to slightly different demographics than traditional online poker sites. Millennials spend around 70% of their free time engaging with social media platforms and following their friends on those. I believe also mobile poker apps will evolve in that sense.
BoP: What’s your view on the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak on popularity of mobile poker apps and online poker in general?
We´ve experienced a significant surge of players registering and playing in Pokio since the virus outbreak. It makes perfect sense since the live poker games are stopped at the moment and regular poker sites are not appealing to many of us anymore. Apps have softer and very fun poker games. Pokio has also been available to provide an alternative platform for live game venues and organizers to continue their business online with a record fast setup time.
We believe the online poker industry as a whole will benefit from these times of isolation as the value for entertainment is much better than other gaming products – you don’t play against the house, so funds tend to last longer than for example in casino products. The apps are leading the way, and we at Pokio will try to set good standards for the industry.
BoP: Any greetings you would like to say to people are considering moving to Pokio?
I would definitely encourage them to try it. We have so many positive feedbacks from players that have never tried our real money social poker app before. You will find that Pokio is extremely user friendly, with action 24/7. There are several tournaments and promotions at all times and a great atmosphere. Also, where else do you get to throw a Tomato at Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom or Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies!