Last Friday, the terrible news that the world's 2 largest poker sites (and Absolute Poker) had been blocked in the US (due to suspicion of bank fraud, illegal gambling offenses and laundering millions billions in illegal gambling proceeds) dropped down like a bomb and left no one untouched.
However, not everyone (mostly non-US residents) were so disappointed at first as they thought the situation would create huge overlays in the biggest guarantee tournaments and tournament series. But (as we all know now) they ended up quite disappointed.
As expected, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker were forced to reduce the prize pools in their biggest guarantee tournaments and tournament series. For example, the Full Tilt Poker Online Series XX (FTOPS) got its prize pool reduced with $2 million and PokerStars changed the Sunday Million prize pool to $1 million (usually $1,5 million).
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