The world has turned upside down for US poker professionals after the events that took place on Black Friday. Initially US poker players kept playing online poker despite the UIGEA and earned a lot of cash and spent it on American goods and services as well. However after Black Friday, US poker players are considering leaving online poker, or are opting to play at less reliable smaller sites, while others are considering leaving the country altogether.
News reports suggest that many US poker players and poker professionals may end up leaving the country. Nick Hatley, a former business major at North Carolina State left school to focus on online poker. He has been trying to find a place to stay and has now decided to move to Toronto. Nick had earned over half a million VIP player points on PokerStars in three months and he had made around $40000 in bonuses itself the previous year. Nick has chosen to leave the US.
But for others comparing years of poker play to their lifestyle and being surrounded by family leaves no choice but to quit online poker. And so, Aaron Kosdrosky is getting ready to join the American workforce.
Some US poker players have planned to give poker one last shot at the WSOP and decide based on their bankrolls what to do in the future. For people who have won big chunks of money in recent years it is easy to leave the country or to move onto another line of work in America. But that is not an option for other poker professionals who were yet to see their break. But tournaments around the world are offering less worthy prizes due to the difference in player numbers. US poker players who depended on sponsorships are also facing difficult times since the players who were sponsored by those companies that got indicted will receive attention only once the company sorts out its own legal and management issues.
While many US poker players have signed an agreement with these companies and they hope that the companies respect these contractual obligations nothing can be carved in stone.
For US poker players who are like Daniel Negreanu, if they are young and single, the best thing to do right now is move say poker professionals. Personal motivation made a lot of difference to Negreanu’s life and in his becoming a successful poker professional. However, not everyone is equally talented and for those poker professionals who recently quit their jobs especially since the recession hit, it would be difficult to decide what to do during these trying times.