Online Poker Pros Migrate to Canada and Europe

July 29, 2011

A new trend within the online poker profession is a migration to Canada and Europe where playing Internet poker is legal and readily available. Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, a popular online poker pro, announced on Twitter that he had in fact relocated to Canada to see how it goes. Many others are following Galfond’s lead.

Others who have mentioned a moved include Daniel Negreanu (a native Canadian) and Olivier Busquet. Negreanu, who is a live poker legend, has indicated that he will move in order to participate in the World Championship of Online Poker, a very large online tournament series hosted by PokerStars, which is no longer allowed to operate in the US.

Negreanu Tweeted about his move to downtown Toronto later next month, though nothing is confirmed, as he’s mentioned Europe as well. One Tweet read, “Can’t wait for WCOOP’s on in September! I’ll either be playing from TO or somewhere in Europe.”

Dan “Jungleman12” Cates was a very successful online poker player in the US before Black Friday. Now he’s unemployed and is looking to relocate; however, he’s had issues with customs in Canada. One Twitter post stated that he was leaving for Vancouver. Then later he indicated he had been deported and later clarified that he was actually just denied entry.

Poker fans can expect to see many of their favorite US-based online poker pros move to other countries where they can do their thing.


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