Online Casinos Hoping Poker Bust Will Increase Business
Poker Not everyone was upset last month when the US Department of Justice came down hard on three of the top online poker sites in the world. Land-based and online casinos were the beneficiaries of that gaming bust.
The DoJ issued an indictment against PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. Executives from each of the companies were also charged in the indictment, and when news of the indictment spread, poker players around the world were concerned.
It was not only US players that were upset with the elimination of online poker players in the country, but also players in foreign countries that now had less opponents were upset. Many of them have moved their focus from poker to slots and other games.
Online casinos have always been popular in the UK and in other countries where the online gambling industry is regulated. With attendance down in online poker rooms, gamblers started to join slot tournaments to get their fix.
"I usually go back and forth between poker and slots every couple of weeks," said Martin Blanc. "But after all that stuff happened over in the US, I decided to just stay with the slots for a while. Maybe in the future I'll go back to poker, but for now the slots have my attention."
Online poker enthusiasts in the US are not completely left out in the cold. Dozens of online casinos still accept US players, and while it may not be the live player versus player action, the online casinos do offer various poker games that can be played against the house.
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