PokerNews 2023 Predictions - What Does the Year Have in Store?

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We’re a few weeks late to the party as January is already nearing its home stretch, but nonetheless, we wanted to keep the annual tradition alive of PokerNews offering predictions for the New Year!

We asked PokerNews expert Matt Hansen to make some bold predictions for 2023! Without further adieu, here is what he had to say…

After a wild 2022 that featured the spot-on prediction of Jungleman’s second straight Poker Player’s Championship victory, it’s time once again to use my powers of clairvoyance and look into the future to tell you exactly what’s going to happen in 2023. Prediction #1: Jungleman will NOT win a third straight Poker Player’s Championship

Dan “Jungleman” Cates went back-to-back for his second WSOP bracelet with a win in the 2022 PPC, but it’s just too unlikely for him to win a third time. Cates will likely wear something outrageous, and he will still be the center of attention, but his run will be cut short by the 2023 PPC champion: Ryan Leng .

Leng won a bracelet in the 2021 edition of the $1,500 8-game tournament, so he knows his way around the different variants. Later that series, he was runner-up to Cates in his first PPC win. He has three bracelets and several deep runs in different WSOP tournaments, which makes Leng a top pick to win against a very tough field. Ryan Leng Prediction #2: Mid-major expansion and a new tour in 2023

Events all over the world took a cautious approach when the industry emerged from COVID in 2021, but 2022 was an opportunity for everything to get back to normal.

Mid-major tours like RunGood Poker Series and Mid-States Poker Tour had big comeback years, and both were able to bounce back from the pandemic with an opportunity to expand their schedules.

2023 will be the year of risk-taking and adventure for poker operators. The lessons have been learned and the ideas have been percolating, so it’s time to swing for a few home runs. The expectation is that current tours, both big and mid-sized, […]

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