Bottom line – if you were employed by, are a spokesperson for, or ever played on either of these 2 online poker sites, you’re pretty much screwed.
As this poker blogger correctly predicted, smaller guarantees were the seen at this past Sunday’s major online tournaments. The fact is, with approximately 30–40% less of a player base, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker simply could not guarantee bigger prize pools, which saw declines across the board of up to 75%.
Until new details emerge, this will be the last installment of Cardplayer Lifestyle’s poker blog coverage of the U.S. online poker crisis. This poker blog entry will look at what the big news means in terms of PokerStars’ and Full Tilt Poker’s broader business ventures and interests.
Taking a look at PokerStars’ new .eu homepage, there honestly doesn’t seem to be too much of a difference from their old .com webpage. All words and Web content aside, the most intriguing part of this, to this poker blogger anyhow, are the faces of the company. With PokerStars stacked with poker’s top pros, one must wonder if past WSOP Champions like Joe Hachem, Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada, and other notable names like Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier will remain in the company stable and continue promoting online poker in the United States.
To allay the fears of the world’s online poker players, let’s begin by saying that Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker will most definitely not disappear from the online poker landscape. While player volume will decrease at all 3 sites, to help compensate and offset the losses, each site will likely market harder to promote more poker play from their European and Asian player databases.
As reported in yesterday’s poker blog, the FBI and U.S. Justice Department issued indictments to the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. This blog entry will address some of the fallout of the government’s actions.
Millions of online poker players in the United States awoke to a harsh new reality yesterday, as they found themselves unable to log in and play poker for real money online. Poker players attempting to visit PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, or Absolute Poker got the shock of their lives as they saw that the FBI and U.S. Justice Department assumed control of the popular online poker sites’ domain names, claiming that the sites illegally accepted wagers in violation of U.S. law.
What do Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, Erik Seidel, and President Barack Obama all have in common? They will all be playing in a special poker tournament on Air Force One today. Obama, an admitted poker fan, invited the top 5 all-time WSOP bracelet winners to join him for some 6-handed action on a flight from Las Vegas to Atlantic City this afternoon.
Just a shout out to all of our fans here at the Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog… You’ll notice there’s no recap for this latest episode of High Stakes Poker. That’s because we’re busy working hard on a new feature that will totally change your viewing experience for all the poker videos you love to watch. One we get the technical glitches worked out, you’ll never want to watch poker videos anywhere else besides the Cardplayer Lifestyle website. Indeed, we can (hopefully) promise you a totally unique poker video viewing experience.
1st hand: Croak vs. Ruffin. Ruffin hits the nut straight and overbets $50k into a pot of $16k. Croak luckily hit a runner runner flush, and yet folded it! An absolutely horrible fold, as the only hand that could beat him would be 2 higher hearts; a practical impossibility. Makes me think the show should be called FSP: Fish Stakes Poker. And to think he even bragged about his fold to the rest of the table! Antonio’s reaction is priceless :-).