You done fucking good.
I did fucking nothing.
That's an awful tough one, in aid of the larger purpose.
... Which is laying head to pillow, not confusing yourself with a sucker?
Far as I ever get.
'Cause that's going to be a project tonight.
-season finale, Deadwood
My Friday evening was a lot less productive than others, it would seem. While I was out busting fish at O8 and PLO on 'Stars, Congress was seeking to change the face of Internet gambling.
Looks like they succeeded. 2+2 has a good link here.
With hindsight, thinking that it wouldn't pass seems like a really silly thing. As Scurvy mentions in his post,
It may be painful to admit, but we were in the minority on this issue, opposing the Internet gambling ban. If you're not an elected official from Nevada or New Jersey, it's pretty idiotic for you to take a public stance that is pro-gambling, even if there's a great argument to be made as far as the revenues created from regulating and taxing the industry. That applies to Democrats just as it does to Republicans. This ain't going to be revisited or modified, regardless of who controls Congress.
Sometimes you have to stop and look around the room. We poker players didn't notice that we were the suckers at the political table.
It may not be over for Internet players, but the fishy face of online poker may be changed. Do you love the game enough to continue playing online? I imagine most blogers will.
Everyone has to get through life by adapting to the changes. There are plenty of changes around us. I've learned a lot more about risk, when to take chances, about arbitrage and finance. From that I have a nice bankroll, a new car (partially funded by the bankroll), a commuting bike (funded by the bankroll) and a different outlook on things.
Online speculating is only one way to get my points. The door has been open wide to other possibilities. This is America, the land of opportunity. If you love money, you'll do more than just plink around an online poker room everyday.
And life in Las Vegas, the land of fish and juicy, +EV gaming ventures, is only two time zones away.