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Where Now For Poker?

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Feb 01, 2012

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What a memorable year 2011 was for poker — but largely for the wrong reasons. The U.S. Department of Justice indictments, the withdrawal of the market leading poker sites in the States, the collapse of Full Tilt Poker, the reputational damage sustained, the frozen bankrolls, industry redundancies, bitter recriminations. Could it have gotten any worse? Probably not. However there are reasons to be cheerful that poker can rebound in 2012. Group Bernard Tapie will hopefully ride to the rescue of Fill Tilt poker bankrolls everywhere (I think it’s fair to say no one really wants Full Tilt back, just their money and a rebranded product) but even if it doesn’t there is likely to be some move towards significant resolution of this most damaging of situations that could barely have been imagined 12 months ago. Live poker is undergoing a golden era with a slew of mid-buy in tours and ...


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