"Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. "
OK, here's what I figure.
What most of you really miss after Black Friday is sitting down and playing cards with each other.
Some of us played for fun, some for side money, some for an actual living... That's the big uberpicture, and it's being well covered in many, many places...
The smaller, Blogger Tourney picture - is that with all the tourneys people hosted over the years -
the Skillz game,
Survivor Island, yadayadayada
(and sorry if I missed something!)
People were essentially playing for pocket change and entertainment.
It wasn't really about the money. It was about the play, the competition and the win.
While you can recreate a lot about online poker by going to play live, what you can't recreate is bringing everyone together from across the country in one virtual place at the drop of a hat.
So, just because the DoJ stopped everyone in the U.S. for doing it for money - doesn't mean you have to stop playing period.
I'm setting up a Home Game for play money on PokerStars.
I assume most of Blogger Nation has a Stars account.
You can still get a .net one if you don't.
There will be a tourney on Sunday night, May 1, at 9:30ET.
There is NO LEGAL DANGER for doing this.
No money is at stake.
Come out and play, or don't.
But I think by May, people will want to push some chips around and just see what's up with everyone else.
2000 chips/10 minute levels with standard Stars setup, so it'll be a decent structure without taking all night.
Let's just play some cards and have a few hours of fun.
There might be 3 players, there might be 30.
If it works out OK, maybe there will be some occasional tourneys that are something else besides unlimited hold them on Sundays. That's probably the best time of the week to do something like this, with no football/Sunday majors/like you're really watching Brothers & Sisters anyway you momo...
If not - we'll that's OK too.
I know it's hard to sit there and play for a couple hours with nothing but pride at stake.
I just figured that it's silly to just throw in the towel when there is an avenue for everyone to get together and play. While I doubt anything about online poker will be the same whenever it's legal for Americans to play for real $$ again, this is what we have right now.
It's a small gesture of civil disobedience. Club is named BBT in Exile.
- Open the main poker lobby, then click on the Home Games tab
- Click the 'Join a Poker Club' button
- Enter my Club ID number: 415619
- Enter my Invitation Code: wolverines
EDIT: Hey, since I don't know everyone's Stars' SNs, drop me a line if it's not something I'm going to recognize right away. heffmike at aol, send the email there.
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