Pokerstars: The End of an Era
I first heard about the FBI's actions on Pokerstars
and others amidst an immense amount of the school work. My semester was coming to an end and I had neither the time nor the desire to play. Today I finished my last final and went home for the Summer and after sitting on the computer for just over an hour I've come to realize how much I'm going to miss playing online. Now before you say anything--I know there are still sites I can play on, but they won't be the same.
Pokerstars was a fantastic site with exceptional quality, high traffic, and incredibly responsive customer service. I never once had to worry about finding a game or receiving my winnings. In addition to these qualities Pokerstars exemplified the poker-boom more so than any other online provider.
I've always been interested in the game, but I first became completely enamored during the airing of the 2005 WSOP
. At the time I was a 14 year old kid looking for something to watch on a Saturday afternoon. I ended up watching a marathon and became infatuated with no only the strategy involved, but also the compelling characters.
As we all know, the 2005 WSOP changed poker forever. The number of entrants began to grow exponentially and soon all of my older relatives began playing on Pokerstars. At the time I could sit for hours watching my uncles play SNGs--sometimes even getting to play for a $1 or so. Ever since the game has been a part of my life.
I'm now 20 and I've been playing the game I love online for a few years now. My success online has even driven me to make the trip up to Turning Stone Casino in New York--where I have experience even greater success. I had plans of playing more hands than ever before this summer in the hopes of preparing a bigger live bankroll for when I turn 21 next year. This might not be possible now.
I apologize for the rambling, but what this comes down to is I miss the game as it has been for the past few years. While it may emerge out of this mess--I fear it will not be the same as it was before. Television programming has already decreased and the Main Event isn't seeing the numbers it was just a few years ago.
I really hope things get worked out because I truly believe that this is a game of school the government has no right to deem illicit. I hope to play again soon and am welcome to room suggestions for US microstakes players.
Thanks for reading,