Before the April 2011 federal crackdown on online poker websites, there were around 2. 03 million people playing poker for money on the Internet in the United States. After the April enforcement raids, the number of players dropped to around 490,000, with more players expected to quit once their accounts expire at the end of the year.
Poker players in the United States previously made up to 49 percent of the global online poker industry in 2006. In late 2011, the U.S. market share was reported to be 7 percent.
Source: Bloomberg, “Online Poker Should Be Dealt a Fresh Hand With Regulation: View,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Editorial, October 23, 2011.