On April 15, 2011, the online poker industry in the United States went from thriving to basically non-existent. In one day (now termed “Black Friday” by many poker players) the Department of Justice shut both major online poker sites (Pokerstars and Full Tilt) as well as other minor sites. While strides have been made to legalize online poker, as of right now, playing poker online in the U.S. for money is still illegal. But, Pokerstars, as well as other sites are open for business in other countries. The lack of online qualification tournaments has not negatively impacted live tournaments as much as some have thought it would.  Many professional online grindershave moved out of the United States in order to continue to play. In fact, there are services that help American players relocate to more online gambling-friendly areas.

Since Black Friday there have finally been some positive steps towards legalizing online gambling. Poker players can once again play poker for real money as long as they are in the states of Nevada, New Jersey or Delaware. Hopefully other states will follow suit.


Planet Hollywood Goliath Series (Las Vegas)
Event #28 - 6/18/19-6/19/19
$300 No Limit Hold ‘Em Ladies Tournament
17th place

WSOP-C Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas)
Event #2 - 8/25/16
$130 Nightly Double Stack No Limit Hold 'Em Tournament
2nd place

LIPS MS State Ladies Championship
Event #2 - 3/22/14
$175 No Limit Hold 'Em Tournament
10th place

LIPS MS State Ladies Championship
Event #3 - 7/29/12
$140 No Limit Hold ‘Em Bounty Tournament
4th place


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