There was a time less than two years ago when the online poker community was used to seeing people win $1 million at sites such as Full Tilt Poker, since then it has been a long time, and in this time that has passed, Black Friday has come and gone.
Since Black Friday, online poker pros have to settle for winnings around or up to $100000 only, which is a small prize as compared to one million. The action on cash-games online has cooled and the high-stakes have lowered the limit and these challenges now don’t seem so alluring.
For the past few months since Black Friday, there have been several such events that have led to the downfall of the top most online poker sites like Full Tilt Poker and PokersStars. During these months the high-stakes action has not exceeded $25-$50 or $100-$200 pot limits on different poker sites. Rarely ever do pots exceed six figure prizes.
All this change and lack of action has led some of the best online poker pros to search for a new refuge in another nation where online poker is legal, for example, Canada is one of the most sort after nations for immigration post Black Friday.
Few examples of people who have chosen to move in order to play online poker are Andrew “Foucault” Brokos, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, and Gus Hansen.
Brokos had been living and roaming in the US in order to play poker since before Black Friday and hence leaving the country was not as hard for him as for the others. He is a member of Team PokerStars Online, and has been invited to remain on the team if he relocates, hence it becomes and additional reason for him to move. Living within the natural surroundings of Canadian Rockies is working out well for Brokos and his girlfriend.
Viktor “Isildur1” Blom has not been doing too well after his massive win in 2009, although he is up by $140000 it does not compare to his $70000 winning last year. Gus Hansen has turned out as the biggest overall winner throughout since he has about $14 million in profits. Daniel Cates who has been trying to move to Canada and has not been successful yet has been up by about $2 million this year and would have done better if online poker had not seen a fall.