Originally Posted by Poker Orifice
You think they don't notice that the $23,000KO guar. is now called the $5Kguar.? Or that the tourney schedules/lobbies have completely changed? Or that in the past they'd typically see 4-6 players on their tables were from US & now none are? Or that 27plyr & 45plyr sng's used to fill up in a couple of mins. & now nowhere near this? That micro RUSH tables used to be really loose & now there's way less players & they're all NITTED up. That MidnightMadness used to have well over 2,000 entrants & now it has ~700 even though it's a MET (& actually has Overlay?... when has MidMadnessMTT ever had overlay?) That the $18Kguar. at 01:00 ($26mtt) is now the $5,500guar. Or that the DailyDonker with it's $10,000guar. is now a $5,000guar. & is also a MET (that actually has Overlay).
I'm pretty sure they all notice.
Well, you could be right, but having worked with the general public for years, I think that you are over stating their awareness level a bit. I'm sure many/most have some vague notion that the Yanks aren't around but, again, I doubt its given much thought and I doubt many care. Casual players aren't going to pay attention to withdrawal issues since mostly they never withdraw. That games have nitted up or not is the last thing a casual player/fish would notice.
FWIW I hope I'm wrong, I just have very little faith in the general public's ability to see beyond the end of their nose. However, I live in the US, land of Jerry Springer, religious nut jobs,and the Tea Party, hopefully they are smarter on the other side of the pond.