The depressing events of April 15, 2011, commonly known as the Black Friday of online poker, has driven not only US, but also European players to smaller, lesser known poker sites. Black Friday was the day on which the US federal government cracked down on 4 major online poker rooms, seized their domain names and indicted 11 people associated with them of bank fraud, illegal gambling, and money laundering,
While Absolute Poker, UB.com, Full Tilt Poker, and PokerStars are now struggling to regain their lost traffic, poker sites that were so far considered to be mediocre in relation to them, are now attracting a large number of online poker players with Carbon Poker and Lock Poker rapidly climbing to the top positions in the online poker gaming industry.
As a result of the federal crackdown on Black Friday, the US Department of Justice demanded that the four poker sites either withdraw from the US market and refund US player deposits or stand trial in the federal court. Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars accepted the DOJ’s terms and conditions, agreed to refund player deposits, and withdrew their services from the US market. Absolute Poker and UB.com filed for bankruptcy after carefully weighing various pros and cons. US players are now unable to play at any of these online poker rooms, which were once considered to the top online poker sites in the industry.
Black Friday also resulted in the closing down of a number of payment processing companies, who hastily withdrew from the US market before they got into trouble. This made the situation gloomier, with American players left with very few banking options to deposit and withdraw their online poker money. A number of European players also suffered when their favorite payment processors completely withdrew their services.
Under these circumstances, Carbon Poker is one of the only online poker sites that offer the best solution for both American and European online poker players. The online poker room welcomes both US and European players to play cash poker games on its premises and offers innumerable ways for them to fund their online poker accounts and withdraw their funds without getting into trouble with the law. Top payment options at Carbon Poker are EcoCard, Moneybookers, Bank Transfer, Western Union, and NETeller.
Players are free to deposit as much as $1000. What’s more, players who input the bonus code 35CARBON while making a first deposit of $1000 will get a bonus of $2000 plus 35 percent rakeback.