Played for a couple more hours, mostly $25NL. Games on ACR are pretty soft, especially considering I still have a ton of leaks and have not even begun to really apply myself to my cash game.
Former stars micro and low stakes mtt grinder. Specialist in large field mtt's
It feels like Regulated, Online Poker in the U.S.A. is dead in the water for at least several more years. Aside from New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada.....(who still don't share player pools)......there seems little if any hope of anything at all happening in 2014/20015. Even if more states come online, it seems they will be run by B&M's who don't seem to get online Poker.....and it will be at a Snails Pace at best. Presently, it seems Bovada, Americas Card Room & Carbon Poker are able to provide online poker to citizens of the U.S.A., and seem to be providing cashouts in a timely manner.....but they do little if any mainstream advertising. In addition, we have BitCoin sites, like Seals With Clubs and the new BTC site, Betcoin, that operate in the U.S. Market, seemingly because they are breaking no U.S. Laws......but again.....no advertising equals small player pools. I wonder if online regulation efforts continue to fail, and/or regulated sites like NJ and Nevada continue to suck, if PokerStars/FullTilt would consider re-entering the United States Market, with or w/out govt. consent....perhaps accepting BTC or some other alternative currency ? And if they did renter the market, (because they are not breaking any laws) could they reestablish themselves as major advertisers of televised poker events, and sponsor poker tv shows like the glory days of Poker......thus attracting the volume of players required to sustain a vibrant online poker ecosystem ? Could there be a competitive option to what appears will be at best, a fragmented, inferior version of online poker that was once offered by PokerStars ? It seems like U.S. regulation had its chance, but is beginning to fail miserably. Could something regulated by the United States Government, and run by a group of fragmented B&M's ever come close to matching what PokerStars offered ? Not likely to happen IMO...
Last year, in June I started playing online poker after a two year hiatus due to Black Friday. Having a very limited selection of online sites to play on in the US (Oregon state), I picked Bet Online. Starting from $0 without a deposit, I worked my way through the daily freerolls gradually building up enough of a roll by the end of the summer to play micro and low stakes mtts up to $10 buy in. At the end of August or early September 2013, I was lucky enough to bink 4th out of about 320 players in a Gladiator Series Event 34 $6+$0.60 with rebuys for about $200. After that I was able to get a few more three figure scores, getting to $1100 by December. I was successfully able to cash that out (after being forced by customer service to make a token min deposit of $50 and playing that through their sportsbook...retarded rules IMO) over a three month stretch (taking advantage of the free WU cashout fee waiver once per month) in chunks of $300, $400, and $350. I am now in the process of accumulating a roll on ACR (www.americascardroom.eu), started once again without a deposit for $0 and am currently at a $611.81 roll on there. Hoping to get to four figures by the end of May. Playing a mix of micro/low stakes mtts and micro/low stakes cash. Attached is my last three weeks of cash on ACR (graph does not include 27% rakeback via raketherake)
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