Time to Stop Bitching
by jnells | Published Oct 22, 2011
This week was very interesting. Merge network has opened to US players and I opened an account on Lock Poker. I am not completely comfortable with funds online while being in the US but I figured i would look at it like a pot odds decision, the worst case scenario is that I will be out the $150 that I invested and the time that I spent making my profit, while the potential upside is as big as it was back before Black Friday. I am not going to be shocked if Lock gets shut down and I don't get refunded, hell I still feel super lucky because when BF hit the US I had close to $4,000 online and it was ALL on Pokerstars. Man, Pokerstars is the nutz I would be really dissapointed if I never get to play on there again.
Anyway so I started grinding HU SnG's at the 10-11 dollar level depending on whether I was playing reg speed or turbos. Occasionally I got bored and played a 8.8 or a 15.5 super turbo, which I think still have a discernible edge to them since they start you with 30 BBs and up the blinds every 3 minutes. So far I plowed through the $10 levels and am currently playing $23's with a $600 roll. I only ran really bad 1 day, losing 100 playing $10's, and it has been fairly smooth sailing so far. I have to say I do really like the overall experience at Lock thus far, and the software is better that I expected it to be for sure, and the player pool at low stakes is as bad if not worse than the player pool at Pstars.
After giving it a decent amount of thought I have decided that I need to be more of a BR nit online this time around. I am nowhere near as comfortable frequently putting on money and I was in the past, and who knows how long of a future current US friendly sites will have in the market. I imagine that eventually the US government will take their heads out of their asses and regulate and tax the industry, providing high tech jobs, an income stream that they have never really been tapped into, and a secure place for players to play. I suspect however, that whenever that does happen great sites like Pokerstars and Lock will not be allowed into the US market unless there lobbyists can out bid other lobbyists and I tend to think we will see Haraha.com or MGM.com before we have pokerstars back. Back to my plans, I don't plan on keeping that much money in my account at one time (which is why I haven't played 1 mtt yet), at least not in the short term. I think once I grind my account up to $1,000 I will make my first withdrawal (hopefully the first of many) for $500.
this is an edit.
I wrote another 4 paragraphs or so and double checked it was there when I posted it, but somehow it got deleted and I do not feel like rewriting it. Maybe if anyone at Cardplayer can look to see if it got saved somewhere but for some reason isn't showing up as I said I am certain it was there when I hit post blog, but if it gets lost its not a big deal.