The number crunchers at PocketFives have just moved Sweden one spot up the global online tournament rankings to take second place behind Canada.
The rankings system uses the scores from the top twenty players playing in each country. Scores are tracked at 22 different networks and poker rooms —but not at Svenska Spel.
But Svenska Spel is the only poker room licensed in Sweden—and Swedish players are not supposed to play anywhere else—those naughty Swedes!
Recreational players get cheap online poker at Svenska Spel. The cash game rake is just 3.5%, but there are hardly any VIP benefits to speak of, although restaurant discounts are available.
The top Swedish online grinders continue to have unlimited access to offshore poker rooms, and they’ve made the most of it.
The US diaspora—poker players forced into exile after Black Friday—is flourishing in Canada, and Mexico which is ranked number six.
If only the Feds could copy the Swedish regulatory system, America’s finest exponents of the national game could return to the land of the free.