Sunday, May 05, 2013

Misc Poker Musings

Ultimate Poker
The first week of unquestioned legal online poker (Ultimate Poker) in Nevada seems to have brought to light many problems and issues. People using Verizon are not able to access the online system. People close to the Nevada border seem to also be having issues. Although a sweet in-person deposit and cash out system has been set up in the Las Vegas Station Casinos, it just seems like this first effort is sort of like baby steps. Things will obviously get better. This is just the start.

Online Poker in Illinois
My home state, Illinois, recently proposed some online poker legislation that would help to right our failing state employee pension system. Unfortunately, in the Land of Lincoln -- backwards and politically corrupt -- gambling laws have traditionally been put aside as the pols fight over the rights to gambling in Chicago. Instead of having a top rate poker room in Chicago, Illinois residents are forced to go to Hammond, Indiana.

Although online poker was part on one of the latest bills being proposed, it was axed for fear that it would make almost any progress negligible. But ... at least this was a step in the right direction.

My Home Game
Although I had thoughts of making a road trip and playing some poker in Peoria, Joliet, or Hammond the past few weeks, it was just so much easier to slide back into my home game for a time. As I noted in a previous pot, the blinds have been increased and the aggression has been ramped up. Sometimes the hands resemble bingo more than poker.

I have notched profits the past three weeks despite a run of terrible cards for 2 1/2 of the three sessions. Because of the low number of hands I played (certainly compared to some of the aggro guys), I have gained a reputation as Senior Rock. I have used that rep to my advantage, however, and now have some of the players not being able to figure out when I have the goods and when I don't. This is exactly the sweet spot I like to hit.

First Time for Staking
I have always avoided staking other players, preferring to just use my poker money for myself. However, I dipped my toes in the water on a deal I could not pass up. I made some money with blog advertising and then used the money to stake one of the people who brought some advertising to my blog, thus I am freerolling in my mind. The player has a good track record of cashing in Las Vegas tournaments and will be playing in a number of tournaments this summer. I could make a respectable profit for a small investment, or at worst just lose money I got from advertising. In either case, it will make for some fun weeks as I follow the progress of my horse.

Have a great week!


Anonymous KenP said...

Illinois residents are forced to go to Hammond, Indiana.

That should be:
Illinois residents are privilegedforced to go to Hammond, Indiana.

You legislature is good at something. They have been throwing $$$$ around like they actually had some.

Oh, and good luck with staking your pal Tony. You wouldn't stake somebody without staking him first, I'm sure.

Kind of late but change that @ on your billboard to AT and avoid a ton of spam.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Who's your horse? I'd love to root along with you (if you're not comfortable sharing, that's OK).


1:35 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

Can't remember if I have your email addy, s.i. Send me an email and i'll fill you in.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Be nice if IL actually did get online poker, but that would involve the politicians actually working TOGETHER for a change.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Tony Bigcharles said...

it wasnt me

1:10 AM  
Blogger grrouchie said...

I hope your horse has a good jockey

1:32 AM  
Blogger ~Coach said...

What the hell is all this poker talk doing in a poker blog? :)

1:08 AM  

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