Friday, January 14, 2011

are there really less fish out there?

6. The real problem with the games is not that strat is widely available. It is the barriers to entry that limit the number of the new fish, and create an environment in which everybody in the U.S., and a few other countries who deposits is, on average, more highly motivated than in 2005/6. If you are in the U.S.complaining about strat being posted but are not politically active trying to get the law changed, then your thinking on the subject is pretty poor, imo. (1)

Are posts such as the CoWs turning the games into a shark tank? Yes, but its been like that for a while. Anyone who doesn't know what they are doing is going to get cut up real fast, fact. Its been like that for a while and we aren't going back to the "good ol' days". (2)

You have probably seen these issues brought up in 2p2--that the pond is getting smaller and it is getting hard to find fish anymore. Typically, the ones who post these are the old time regs who have been playing poker from the good old days prior to UIGEA

My opinion here is that it could be true that it is getting hard for new players from the US to play poker. Poker is very popular in the US, and the majority of players I see on the table, 1/3 are from the US. The other 2/3 of the players on the table, and the whole poker economy in general, comes from the rest of the world.

This is probably the reason why there are more fish in the micros is because the new fish are just learning how to play poker. It is only natural that they start on the lowest level.

One other thing that the "pond-is-getting-small" advocates are missing is the state of the economy. Back in their good old days prior to UIGEA, the US economy was on the tail end of a bullish economy. Any tom, dick and harry has money to burn. These days, this is no longer true. The economy has turned sour. Tom, dick and harry has either been downsized, their mortgages foreclosed, or they are not earning as much as they used to. It is only natural that their poker playing days are affected.

Now, let us look at the other side of the coin.

Russians are playing more poker. There is a growing presence of chinese on the tables as well. I won't even mention the rest of Europe, south America and Asia--but you get the picture. You will find almost every country in the world that has a decent broadband connection is represented in the tables. That's good news for all of us.

The pond may have grown smaller in the US, but there are plenty of fish on ponds from different parts of the world as well. Soon as the economy on their part of the world picks up, these uNL fish are going to move upstream.