Black Friday May Have Done Long Term Damage to Poker in the US: Reports

In the aftermath of Black Friday, there could be a huge impact on the game in the US as players and companies look to move abroad.

Online PR News – 19-September-2011 – – Ever since the Department of Justice in the United States made its decision to shut down a number of online poker sites- the day, April 15, has come to be regarded in the online poker circuit in the US as “Black Friday”. Many professional poker players have taken the big decision of migrating to their neighboring country Canada. has found plenty of information regarding this migration of poker players from the US to Canada.

The decision to shut down these sites has left many poker players in the US with no option to play poker. Many players, who made a living out of poker, are now clueless as to how to play real money poker on the web now that these sites were closed.


Ever since the judgment was passed, many professional poker players who have made a name for themselves in the online poker circuit internationally have shifted their residence to Canada. This includes Olivier Busquet and Daniel Negreanu, the latter a four time bracelet winner at the WSOP (World Series of Poker). The latest to head to the neighboring country is Phil Galfond, who has shifted from New York to Vancouver.

Galfond, who had won the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2008 WSOP, posted on the microblogging site Twitter that he made the decision so that he could continue to play poker online for money at the online poker rooms. He also revealed that he is not too worried about the future, as he was still allowed to play poker at PokerStars and posted that he was really happy to be back at the online poker site, where he is known under the name “MrSweets28”. PokerStars, he said, were extremely responsive and helped him get started again at the site.

His wasn’t all that lucky with Party Poker, though. In another post, he stated that he had sent 3 emails to the site requesting them to verify his account so that he could continue to play poker online again at the site, but it seems there was no response.

With the WSOP in Las Vegas now over, it is expected that more players from the US will take the same path as Galfond now that they have no solutions for playing poker on the web in their country. One of them is Cates, considered the best No Limit Hold’em player in the world, who also posted on Twitter that he would be leaving for Vancouver soon.

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