May 5 2011

US online poker ban has big effect on nosebleed games

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The many online poker railbirds who keep an eye on the highest-stakes games in the world –usually taking place at Full Tilt poker—have seen a new cast of characters to cheer for, and root against, since the online poker crackdown on April 15th that saw Full Tilt poker and PokerStars, along with the Cereus Poker Network, pull out of the US market.

Gone are the usual suspects of Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Daniel “jungleman12” Cates, Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, Scott “URnotINdanger2” Palmer, Phil Ivey, and so on and so forth, and in their place are a number of new names, as well as some high-stakes pros who prior to the crackdown rarely took part in the nosebleeds, but now think the time is right to take their shot.

Among the players who have been regularly playing in the “big game” at Full Tilt Poker since Black Friday are a few regulars like Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, and kagome kagome, with a slew of sometime nosebleed players like Jens “Ingenious89/Jeans89″ Kyllönen, Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen, XWINK, Ziigmund and Rui Cao taking the place of the missing Americans.

Many in the industry expected the nosebleed action to dry up with the departure of the US players, but quite the opposite has happened, with some of the biggest games of the year running since Black Friday, along with some wild bankroll swings. It will be interesting to see who the first American will be to return to the nosebleeds by moving abroad.

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