So what's the current leader in the "The Next Poker" sweepstakes? There's no way for sure to know, but we can get a measure of the amount of hype flung into the wind by doing composite web searches through a portal such as Yahoo! For the purpose of this unofficial ranking, we've assembled a count of sites on which the phrase "be the next poker" appears on the same web page as the activity in question. ("Tiddlywinks" received a 0, by the way... as did "Sudoku.")
Some prominent contenders:
Skill-based games: 104
-- this is video poker, slots and the like... skill?!?!
Fantasy Sports: 32
Roshambo (Rock-Paper-Scissors): 26
Bingo? Well, it's hardly a scientific search. Somehow, the thought of watching a VFW hall full of hunched-over, 78-year-old nursing-home refugees hovering above their purse-, drink-, and totebag-guarded displays of 20 paper bingo cards --- poised daubers in one hand and clutched rosary beads in the other --- just doesn't seem like it's going to bring in the big corporate sponsors. Besides, if your neighbor spikes a B-12 for a criss-cross, can you really call him or her a donkey?
Then again, I could be wrong, to the joy of bingo-supply sellers everywhere.