State of the Game-year end
End of Dec '07 observations about the state of Online Poker.
The level of play this year seems to have become more purposeful. Fewer newbies because of the UEIGA leaves those still involved with another year of experience. We still see the donk moves, but often in much fewer numbers, and often from folks who eventually show a pretty good game.
The laws about online gaming are getting Draconian, if not Orwellian, not to be associated with Beardyian.
Perhaps it is because of the difficulty of getting money deposited, that even the low limit players are treating those funds more reverently. Or perhaps it is just because I have an extra year of experience and am seeing things I had no clue about last year.
Personally, I have found that somewhere, deep inside, I have an 'A' game. Problem probably is that in life I am a slob, and often lose my keys, and online I am not any more disciplined. Somewhere in that statement would be a new years resolution.
Politically, the game is suffering, and although there are occasional glimpses of hope, there seems to be more darkness than light. The news from Germany
and from Washington State, counters any good news I've heard lately. We seem to have put most of our apples into the PPA. Not sure again that this was such a wise idea. The politicos could totally legalize online play, but tax it so much that it would never be profitable to play.
I'm in the camp that says that the governments are jockeying for position in an upcoming discussion and will be wanting way more than should be justified in taxes and fees, while offering little more than penalties and other strong arm tactics.
While a case can be made that B&M casinos
are behind the push to put a clamp on online play, I can't believe they ignore the outrageous 'advertising' that online play has generated, getting record crowds into their houses.
So, we march into a new year with trepidation. Our bankrolls are stressed in most cases, and the bombardment of disheartening news wears on our enthusiasm for online play.
With an economy that in reality is much worse than anyone wants to admit, I don't have good feelings about much of anything for the new year other than for sure someone will be elected to replace the architect of all this gloom. But thats a minor glee at best as I'm fairly sure whoever it is will only be able to sort of guide the world along some undetermined path that has steep cliffs over which we, the teeming masses must pass.
Now, Isn't that cheery?