Pokerfuse recently interviewed Winning Poker Network CEO Phil Payton to get his take on the recent developments in the poker gaming industry.

Michael Gentile, the Pokerfuse reporter who interviewed Payton, asked Payton to give his views on how the US regulated market would evolve as more US states legalize online poker. Payton expressed his opinion that state-wide legalization would be positive as it would put poker back into the limelight and get more players interested in the game. He also warned that the industry’s progress would be slow as states are not in a hurry to legalize online poker. He said that the problem with state-wide legalization “is that it’s very limiting to player pools and they will not receive the types of returns they are expecting.”

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Revealing his opinion about the network model for Internet poker, he said that it can work wonders provided it is built on a foundation of trust. He said that networks fail because of their inability to value what the partners have to offer, adding that the Winning Poker Network “has been built on long-standing and mutually beneficial relationships with all of our partner sites.”

Speaking about the challenges he faces in the daily operations of ACR, he said that it is “getting the software and website development to constantly evolve fast enough to meet the promotional and technical criteria that we demand of our developers.” He said that they have overhauled the WPN software and the team is constantly working on ways to improve.

When asked about the next big feature on the network, he said that he is currently working on player communication and stability as he wants players to be the first to know the latest about promotions and software updates.

He also said that the WPN will be changing the format of its Beast progressive point race from bi-weekly to weekly as it would level the field by permitting players with limited time frames to take part in any of the four monthly races held by the network.

When asked how big the WPN can be expected to develop in 2014, Payton said: “We’ve gotten ourselves where we have enough good things in place that we can aggressively pursue some real growth in 2014. WPN is currently up to 900 real-money cash game peaks and $100k GTD multi-table tournaments. My goal is to try and at least double those numbers this year.”

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