The events of Black Friday have had a varying impact on the poker world. Obviously US Players have been the worst hit, as they currently can't play on any of the big sites. For the professionals, it must be so sick to just have your livelihood stolen away from you out of no-where, all in the space of a few hours. If this were to have happened to me in the UK, I'd probably look to move abroad. However, for me, that would mean uprooting myself, my fiancé and our 18-month old son from the place we intended to raise him. It would mean moving away from all our family and friends, somehow moving house taking into consideration all our possessions, and somehow obtaining a visa for a professional poker player who's only real job was working 6 hours as a shop assistant when I was 17, and a housewife. So it would certainly be easier said than done, and my sympathy goes out to all those US grinders stuck in this situation (except the ones that play in my games :) obv).
Fortunately, players outside the US haven't been too badly affected, and it seems it's pretty much business as usual. However, I'm probably one of the players that is more affected than average as I have had to quit my pursuit of Supernova Elite status on PokerStars. The traffic is down in the higher buy-in 18-mans that I play to the extent that it's not viable. Perhaps if I changed the times I play and/or played more tables, played even longer sessions, and perhaps added some different games it might be just about possible. However, even that's a maybe, and I don't really want to change my playing schedule which I feel fits in nicely with my family life.
So it sucks that I can't go for SNE, but at least I am able to keep playing. It's probable I won't win as much money as I would going for SNE as I am facing a drop in stakes, and it will be hard to keep the SNE-type volume up without that carrot at the end of the stick/pot of gold at the end of the rainbow/similarly cheesy analogy. However, I'm hoping I will be able to win enough to tide us over and perhaps save a little on top of that.
Unfortunately I'm facing a bit of a motivational breakdown at the moment. I have only put in one or two sessions since Black Friday. Whilst I think it has been pretty reasonable to take advantage of having a break I wouldn't have otherwise been able to have, I need to get back grinding soon and get back into a routine, as this seems to be when I play most efficiently. I feel like I need some kind of target to work towards now my original one has ceased. I'm thinking I might go to Vegas for a week in the World Series, and use some of the money I earn between now and then as a bankroll for when I'm there. I'm a little bit worried about leaving my son though. I know it's only a week, but it would be the longest I've been away from him so far.
I thought I should mention that the cashout I made from PokerStars shortly after Black Friday went through a couple of days ago fine and dandy. Like many others, this was my initial concern, but I tried to be sensible and only withdrew a portion of my bankroll (I was keeping too much online anyway, just for the sake of it hurting less if I went on a bad downswing).
- Not enough volume possible for SNE in my games, sigh
- Nm, things should be okay
- Might work towards a goal of going to Vegas for a week as I suck at grinding recently.
- There's a very good chance you'll have come across this by now, but if not, check out this epic 2+2 thread
- There's a new $200 Reload bonus on PokerStars available now
- This week's 2+2 Pokercast discussing Black Friday is a good (but long) listen.