Sunday, April 17, 2011

Black Friday

There are two ways to view Friday's exorcism of online poker in America. The initial reaction of many professional poker players is pure panic, as their way of life has been suddenly, irrevocably altered. The online poker professional has essentially been laid off and is now unemployed. In many cases, this extends to unprepared, uneducated, and unfit for the reality thrust forth on Black Friday.

The opposing viewpoint is that poker professionals became such because of their intrepid ingenuity, risk tolerance, and proclivity for the alternative. When you sign up to become a professional poker player, you do so knowing your future holds no guarantees. Losing your job, sadistically speaking, is part of the adventure. For many, the next adventure begins now - and those who danced most gracefully on chance's tightrope will be fit for the next set of challenges, whatever they may be.

Black Friday is an opportunity for many professional poker players, a mandated advancement to more substantial pursuits. There are more glorious endeavors in this life than plundering the game's spoils, which simultaneously serves as advice for those who seek to appropriate them.


Blogger Wel said...

Awesome take on the whole situation... a lot of players are having withdrawal symptoms... especially me

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two words....... YOUR SCARED

1:29 PM  
Blogger 81Trucolors said...

Fine write up and a great attitude to take.

I'm saddened that in this, the worst recession since 1930, our government is focusing on "scourges" such as online poker instead of reinvesting in American education, restoring America to some semblance of economic stability, ending costly wars, etc.

Also I miss my small mtts.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Hmmm...wondering if you're still singing these same tunes after hearing the recent developments of FT. I thought maybe you'd enter a section on your blog...perhaps that's not your style.

8:18 PM  

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