re: Poker & Should I even deposit money?
I understand what Iselos saying about not depositing because I'll just lose it again, but I really see that experience as a learning experience. The first time I ever invested in the stock market, I made some pretty dumb mistakes, cost me quite a bit of money - but I used those losses to reanalyze my strategy to turn my investment portfolio around into something very profitable.
It's not that I believe I'm a terrible poker player, because I actually think I do quite well. The way I lost my first $25 is a long story, but long story short - I raised on three of kind 7s. I was heads up, he raised again. I called and the river hit a 9, giving him trip 9s. Not the worst bad beat I've ever heard of, but I went from $28 or so bucks down to $12. I should have just gotten out of the game and moved to lower stakes, but I was dumb and didn't and thought I could stay in it and recoup my losses. The other player ended up leaving after a couple of rounds. After slowly getting whittled down, I went all in with a straight and got beat by a flush draw.
I've just found the whole system of depositing money to be so difficult that I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle, let alone the risk of shutting down. I was a member at cake poker
, where I had deposited that $25 with, and got shifted over to Juicy, so that move there makes me question how long Juicy will keep US players. It seems to me that these poker sites
, in an effort to beat the system, are pushing players through hoop after hoop of what I view as sketchy sites. For instance, America's Cardroom
is now using Western Union transfers, which is being outsourced to this 3rd party site and also has this coupon/voucher system I've looked into, but some of the sites they're directing me to just don't look professional and with so much outsourcing of their payment processing it's very difficult for me to know if I'm getting involved in something that could potentially risk my money more than just a poker game
. I've yet to find an international visa
pre-paid card for sale anywhere near here, so I just don't know if I'm comfortable even sharing my financial information with international companies that are trying to fly under the radar.