The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently seized prominent online poker providers PokerStars, Absolute Poker and Full Tilt Poker, considerably damaging the US poker industry. Poker fans and online poker gaming industry analysts are now ruminating about the future of online poker in the US.
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Online poker gaming industry analyst Brian Balsbaugh of Poker Royalty, a company offering poker services, voiced his opinion that 95 percent of the Internet poker market share has disappeared from the US along with Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker, and Poker Stars and so has the $200 million invested in advertisements and marketing campaigns.
Balsbaugh also said that US poker players will not longer view shows such as Poker after Dark and The Big Game on NBC and predicted a sharp drop in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) attendance from 8000 players to 2500 players because around 60 percent of the poker players participating in the WSOP qualify at these three online poker rooms.
Speaking about the impact of the FBI seizure on the three online poker rooms, Balsbaugh said that their value would drop by half. He also surmises that this won’t affect the online poker rooms much because their US poker traffic is just around 35 percent of their total traffic, which means that the online poker rooms will continue to thrive at an international level.
Market analysts also say that professional US poker players might either wait for sometime while continuing to play poker in land casinos or might play from some other country. According to Daniel Negreanu’s recent blog post, he intends to play at the Aria six times per week, but admits to being severely disappointed with the poor action. In his blog, Negreanu says that he tried to play with Sam Stein, Sammy Farha, and BenB, but was disappointed with the small stakes of $50/$100. Stating that he expected more poker action this week, Negreanu admitted that he might be impatient. He also expressed a desire to play poker, but not at the rate of 12 hands per hour.
PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker are functioning as usual under the new URLs and for everybody except US poker players. The FBI seizure, however, does not mean the end of online poker for US poker players. Online poker rooms such as Poker still accept US poker players. Comprehensive lists of US poker sites are available at any approved affiliate site.

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