Not playing poker right now... but I like you guys!
What's up everyone. I'm not really playing poker anymore, but I like (most) of you guys and like this forum, so I'm going to continue posting. My post that one night, was, well, I'm sure a lot of you guess, a ton of frustration. I may or may not have a gambling problem. I mean, it sucks that I lost all that money, but all, in all, I haven't deposited on a poker site
in at least 6 months. I built that roll on party I had going from a $25 bonus they gave me, it's not like I sold everything like a crackhead to get money to gamble with, I was just sooooooo mad because I could have really used that money, seeing as how I'm going back to school full time starting next month. But I appreciate the positive replies and support you guys shot me on that thread.
Just to clarify a little- I'm not sure how my post got turned into a discussion about whether or not poker is really "gambling" but here's my true viewpoint. Poker is gambling if you want it to be. And Poker is DEFINATELY ALWAYS gambling when you are playing way over the stakes your bankroll can support. I mean, think about it like this- One hand of hold'em is dealt out, face up. You flop the nut straight, your opponet has a flush draw. Would you bet your house, car, life savings, etc.? if you win you "double up" in life, but if you get outdrawn... well, you kinda see what im getting at.
Whether or not online poker should be illegal is sort of a double edge knife in my mind. On one hand, making it illegal is totally infringing on the rights of citizens. If online gaming is tested and PROVEN to be legit, as in the deck is NEVER rigged, then there is no difference, other than the fact that you are playing ONLINE, than gambling in live casinos
. But, on the other hand, you are providing easy access to underage and in some cases VERY underage people. I don't think most high school kids can mentally handle high stakes gambling online. If you care head over to pocketfives and find the recent post by "stealthmunk" the 17 year old kid that took down the sunday million last month. You have to admit, someone could go on uncontrollable tilt one night and throw away their entire life savings in a few hands of high stakes poker online. But overall, I don't like the idea of the government telling us what we can do.
So I'll be posting here and there, I'll probably even reply to some strategy threads because I feel I can give some good advice on that topic and I still love to play poker