The fallout continues from Friday’s indictment of the founders of three online poker companies as the Full Tilt Poker sponsored Onyx Cup has been cancelled at least temporarily but most likely forever.
The Onyx Cup was set to be a series of six tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $100,000 to $300,000. According to sources close to the television production of the series the first event, scheduled for May 11 and 12 in Las Vegas, and the following one scheduled for July 7 -8, have been postponed and most likely cancelled as Full Tilt Poker leaves the U.S. market.
Full Tilt Poker has not yet released any official statement regarding the Onyx Cup and has not responded to a request for comment.
The next televised poker domino to fall will most likely be the PokerStars-backed North American Poker Tour. ESPN was scheduled to air new episodes of the North American Poker Tour on Monday but those episodes are unlikely to air. With no new NAPT events scheduled the likelihood that Jason Mercier’s and Vanessa Selbst’s historic back-to-back wins at Mohegan Sun last week are the tours last is extremely high.
ESPN has also removed the PokerStars sponsored Inside Deal from the ESPN.com website. No official word has come from the network as of yet but the ESPN Poker Club – which was powered by PokerStars – is no longer available for download.