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April 15th 2011 is a day that will be remembered as Black Friday for many years to come The poker industry was rattled to its very core as people all over the world watched on television news screens read articles and saw social media spread like wildfire in regards to the US Department of Justice aggressive multibillion dollar takedown of the 3 largest poker companies domains bank accounts and credibility10 million online poker accounts were estimated in the US out of the approximately 50 million people that enjoy the game but the trickle down effect has impacted millions of non-poker playing individuals in many forms of commerce that people may not realize With the majority of the poker television shows being cancelled that removes 200 million dollars in US advertising being spent by PokerStars Full Tilt on commercials large scale productions which hurts pr agencies tv network execs production crews equipment rental companies graphic departments set designers attorneys accountants and the list goes on The poker companies themselves are forced to fire thousands of employees while the news affiliate sites are forced to fire thousands more professionals Reporters editors writers programmers web designers are now part of the 13 million unemployed people suddenly thrust back into the tough job market Many of the online poker pros that choose not to move out of the country will now be fighting for regular jobs that they may very well get over the 96 of US residents that are unemployed Hopefully some of the affluent poker players will invest in companies that create new jobs or use their creativity for entrepreneurial passions of their ownThere are many other businesses professions whose bottom lines are negatively impacted Poker players may lessen their spending or cut out entirely their use of maids assistants physical trainers massage therapists and other specialists They also have dramatically cutback their entertainment spending habits in establishments where the employees rely solely
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