Being more accountable ‘in-person’ means players are less likely to misbehave.
Trolling will always exist online, making moderation necessary. However, being more present, visible and accountable in VR means most players are less likely to step out of line. In an anonymous chat room people can say things they normally never would in person, but VR brings us closer to that ‘in-person experience’ where people are better behaved. Substantial anti-trolling methods exist in VR to ensure your ‘personal space bubble’ is not violated. In a real live poker game you sometimes encounter people you wish you could put on mute. In VR, that will be possible.
Virtual reality poker needs time to grow and develop.
The initial player pool will be small, as headsets are currently expensive. You won’t see the same type of large guarantee tournaments, different game variations and stakes available on current online poker platforms, as there aren’t enough users yet to support it. Online poker software has had decades of development but VR poker software is brand new with bugs to be solved and more advanced features to be implemented.
Casual online players want a fun and safe experience.
Online poker, in general, is moving towards a more casual player-friendly ecosystem. Recreational players want a fun experience and want not be preyed upon by multi-tabling sharks. A balanced and sustainable ecosystem is necessary, either from new luck-based formats or by the sites themselves building in protection. Poker bots and training software continue to improve and protecting the games integrity is of utmost importance. VR solves a lot of these problems by catering to the casual player, offering real opponents they can talk to and a fun experience they will enjoy coming back to.
Online poker will evolve to include elements of video games.
I predict that in 20 years almost all online poker and casino gaming will be played using VR or AR and will most likely include more video game-type elements. People will look back at online poker today and think how primitive and boring it was in comparison. It will be very exciting to see how it evolves.