Will Cricket Become As Popular as Poker in Germany?Mix News, Sports News |
Cricket was once a famous hobby in Germany. In Berlin alone, there are more than 30 grounds allotted for the game itself. Cricket in Germany began over a century ago, although the game was exclusively associated with Commonwealth nations. In the early 1890s, the matches for cricket were organized by the Cricket Association and the Leipzig-based German Football. During the late 1890s, there was a rapid drop in terms of cricket’s popularity after the 2nd World War. The game is struggling to gain any recognition from there on. During the same time, the interest in German soccer increased. It was not until the British troops, who are occupying in the country, re-introduced cricket that competition for the game was played again in the country. As of today, there are a total of 80 cricket clubs in Germany. Most players came overseas since German-born cricketers remain rare.
Unlike cricket, poker has become a popular game in Germany. It quickly gained its popularity from live tournaments that has been going around the country for the past few years. Live poker rooms are increasing in number. There are around 260,000 players in Germany who are joining poker tables whether live or online. The glorious days of Poker in Germany is hugely contributed by televised poker tournament that started in the year 2005. Most poker player started playing online through websites like partypoker.com. It is a great way for them to practice their skills first before joining live casino tournaments. Baden-Baden Casino, which is located in South East Germany, is said to be the most popular hang-out place for most poker lovers because of its comfortable and affluent environment. There are around 90 million Germans who are now taking over online poker. Some of them play a great game in either low stakes, mid stakes, or high stakes poker games in almost all major online poker sites.
Asif Khan, German national team’s current captain, admitted that, “We would love to get more of the public’s attention.” He also added that, “Even a small report in a newspaper ahead of an important tournament or game would really help us.” Greater effort in seeking sponsorship and more media coverage are just some of the things that the German national team to get support, especially when it comes to their financial needs. Although there is a fast increase in the number of active cricketers, most of their top players are living in different cities in Germany. This makes it very difficult in bringing every cricketer together for training. Many are still hopeful that cricket will be as popular as what has become to poker today and in the next succeeding years, with proper support from their countrymen.