Since Poker Black Friday, many American online professional poker players have been out of work due to having their accounts closed at sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt. Some American players have moved their poker game to smaller poker sites like Bodog, Carbon Poker and Cake Poker which are still accepting customers from the US. Unfortunately, for many of the high stakes players who were often seen at the nosebleed tables on PokerStars and Full Tilt, it has been slim pickings since then as only those sites have sufficient poker action to satisfy them.
In the aftermath of Poker Black Friday, although Full Tilt has “temporarily” been shut down by the Alderney Gaming Commission, Poker Stars continues to be the dominant poker site in the online poker world with more than 6 times the traffic of their nearest online poker rival Party Poker. This means that ultra high stakes players can still find opponents at the nose bleed levels.
There has been much talk about US poker players relocating to Canada but we don’t know how many poker pros have actually made the move to date but what we do know is that Phil Galfond aka “OMGClayAiken” has made the move to Canada temporarily. Galfond confirmed through Twitter, that he is “in Canada” and that he plans to stay for “3-6 months and then re-evaluating.” Galfond also issued a public request for a “large 50k+ PokerStars transfer”.
Galfond’s was spotted playing on PokerStars in the $50/$100 PLO games against Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky last night. According the Highstakesdb, the former Full Tilt regular and 2008 WSOP bracelet holder ended up losing more than $18,000 in a little over 2,600 hands played since Poker Black Friday.