July 05, 2011

The Road to Germany - Part 2

Happy 4th of July to you Americans. The day here came and went, rainy and nothing special at all to report. 

Except that I have been playing on Pokerstars now *grin*. And I have developed a full disdain for the russian hitnrunners. Other than that, games are ok. I mean, I ran at like 10BB/100 at .5/1 while installing and configuring my HUD. At like 7BB/100 at 1/2 trying to get back into the normal LHE groove, readjusting myself on ranges and stuff like that. I had the bankroll for higher. Of course, as soon as I hit the good 'ol 2/4, which has been my achilles heel forever, I get greeted by a downswing. But I think I'm getting my mojo back. Chat has been very polite, except a bit sad that I sometimes get no action because of the DC affiliation: "not playing a DC coach HU", "what are you doing at these levels, go away DC"... but mostly very nice conversations. Maybe it was the americans that berated the most ;-)

Anyway... americans-poker. I left off on the road to Germany just as Black Friday hit. I never did make a post about Black Friday, even though I had a million thoughts going through my head. But mostly I felt like I was watching a movie unfold and I was just a bystander. Yes, I had money online, this did affect me, but I was helpless, nothing I could do, except watch the Twitter feed. The speculation was rampant, yet it never turned out to be a nasty rumor, bad joke. It was true.

However, as always, my husband put things in perspective. Or better said, in perspective as only I could nod and agree. See, in that respect I am usually different from other women. If you put forth a good logic argument, you will shut me up and I will nod and say "you're right" and stop the fight immediately. So he put the things in mathematical terms for me: "You deposited 200$ in September 2007 and kept withdrawing money from in, playing in 4 WSOP events and other tourneys with it that didn't amount to much. You kept withdrawing at a constant rate over the years. Yet you knew after UIGEA that everyone of these deposit bonuses or other had a certain risk associated with it. You saw the bank statements where you were receiving money from internetshop.com, golf-something.com etc, yet you knew they were poker payments. And with all those risks, you chose to keep playing and now the risk manifested itself. All in all, you might probably even get your 20-time money back (4000$), even though you cashed it out already close to 80-fold. So you can't really complain. When you risk into such a high risk situation you gotta live with the consequences." He didn't say it exactly like that (and not in english, lol). But that was the sentiment. And he was right.

And something else resonated in my mind for a long time that he said, that also Mason Malmuth said on the Pokercast. The pokersites shouldn't have sold the balla lifestyle, the bling, the millions. That might have attracted not only the wrong people, but may have also garnered unwanted attention. Instead, promote the actual numbers, the majority of people are playing for pennies, a fun way to spend a few evenings after work, they lose maybe 200-500$ per year, yet have lots of excitement for that amount. They get involved in communities and it keeps the mind sharp, just like chess.

So until 3 days ago, I played 84 hands of poker since April 15. That was after I cashed out some Gold Cards on Cake and donked around a bit on the 2c/4c tables with it. Made 30 cents ;-). And even though I missed the play a bit, it was fine, I knew I was gonna play soon in Europe. No withdrawals, no urgency to make an account on merge and get rakeback before Jun 1st. No poker play. Besides, "Math Attacks" and moving was enough.

A few more things on Black Friday. 

Thanks to kevmath and Carol (aka Black Widow of Poker). Their insights, retweets or concise knowledge made it easy to digest the phletora of reports coming out from all the sites, be it players complaining or news organizations getting it wrong.

I don't blame the DOJ or "the South" or anything like that. When you grew up in a dictatorship, like I did when I was very small, you learn to roll with the punches and "play out the hand you were dealt" without complaining or cursing. Everybody was just doing their job and acting out the laws that were on paper. In reality the whole thing was decided in October 2006, it was just enacted weirdly in April 2011.

I'm really curious what will happen after the WSOP. Many people are using it as their last "hurra", yet when I ask them, they don't have any plans or they amount to "play more live". There is still a lot of waiting, this is by far not over.

So there it is, finally, my thoughts on Black Friday. In the end, I couldn't say much. I couldn't give a big recap. It was just jaw-dropping and sad, but nothing that was out of this world. I am really sad for people that had their net worth online, or had living expenses amounting to a month or two. But if you could win at online poker, you can do other things as well.

So I leave you until next week - the actual move.

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