April 16, 2011
I'm not sure if events today are the beginning of the end or the start of the slow march towards the legalization/taxation of online poker for the US. Honestly, my gut tells me that it's the latter...I really think our government wants to get it's hand in the cookie jar given it's current financial situation. There are hundreds of millions to billions of real dollars floating around out there for them to grab at...this just seems like it's the start of an attempt to do just that IMO.
As I watched to forums today I thought of the sheer panic of many players not just in the US but world wide as to the security of their funds held on the big 3. Obviously, if you read my previous post, you know that I am not panicked...I don't have anywhere near lifestyle altering money in my poker account with Stars...if it's lost, it's lost.
However, if I am correct about this being part of a march towards legislation involving online poker...I started to think about the future potential for the games. This thought process lead me to the conclusion that I am going to work harder on the aspects of my game that I struggle with as well as trying to learn new games (or brush up on ones I haven't played in a long time) in order to position myself to take full advantage of the potential legalization of online poker. Last year I told myself that I wanted to start getting a better grasp of my weakest game...Omaha of any sort...in order to be able to take fuller advantage of the money that's floating around out there. Maybe this sort of thing is exactly what I needed to kickstart the learning process rather than continuing to procrastinate and say "I'll get to that sometime soon".
I don't know about the rest of you people...but I, for one, am about to start sharpening all the tools in the shed in order to reap the maximum harvest if it becomes a possibility.