Black Friday will likely go down as one of the most significant events to happen in our industry this year. The ripple effect of the Black Friday indictments and arrests continue to be felt almost daily. The American poker playing public voiced their outrage over the actions of the DoJ by peppering their Facebook page. Some relief has come to many poker players as PokerStars has reportedly began to payout their clients.
Amidst all of the negativity, there are those, namely Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman who view the Black Friday indictments and arrests as an “opportunity.” It’s certainly not a popular view among online poker playing Americans.
And then there are those companies that after watching the lock drop on the big players have either bounced out of the American market completely as in the case of Microgaming. And then there are those who are just pretending to leave, like Sportsbook.com.
But what does the future hold for online poker in the US? Will Black Friday kill any new US regulation beyond 2012? We polled the question, here are the results.
The results of this poll weren’t even close. 63 percent felt that Black Friday wouldn’t kill any new US regulation while just 37 percent felt that Black Friday would kill any new US regulation.
Good to see were still mostly optimists in this industry, though there are those that would argue we’re all pragmatists.