Twitch.TV/Poker makes me nostalgic in the USA
The past month or so I've been watching lot of folks stream online poker games
over Twitch.tv. If you haven't yet treated yourself to this experience, you really ought to check it out. Each week more and more pro poker players are taking to the new media to set up and play poker, hole cards exposed (games stream on a 5-10 minute delay) for thousands of amateur players to watch.
As I have been watching players from Canada
and Great Britain, amongst other locations, grind the tournaments and cash games, I admit to feeling no small amount of jealousy as they play on PokerStars
, FullTilt and Party Poker
. I recall all too well my days trying to win a Satellite into the Sunday Million, bouncing my bankroll between FullTilt and Party trying to find the "fishiest rooms," and simply enjoying playing with folks from all over the world.
I miss all those poker sites
like I miss old friends. I sometimes glimpse them on the street, but I can't step up and say hello, or have a chat with them... The familiar chime that it's your turn... Those crazy cartoon avatars to choose from... Why can't I log on and play a SNG under that big maroon spade?
I remain hopeful (and an activist) for the return of online poker to the United States. Yes, I know, we still have a few card rooms, but they're not the same. It's not PokerStars. It's not FullTilt where you play and learn with the Pros!
Come back to me, Party Poker... I remain sad and bankrolled in the ole USA...