Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

October 30, 2006

I Still Got It

Decided to play a FTP points satellite this evening on a whim. Looks like I still got what it takes. The only problem is, I'm not sure if I can play this satellite on Saturday, and it doesn't look like you can unregister (which is what I was planning on doing). Does anyone know if the FTP customer service people would have a problem with unregistering me from this tourney or at least moving me to a different one?

October 28, 2006

Happy Birthday Blog!

Wow, I've been so busy recently that I didn't even know my blog turned one year old on the 24th. Happy birthday blog! Hopefully this crap ass legislation will get repealed after next month's elections so that it can turn two. Hope everyone else is doing well. Does anyone even come here anymore? I wouldn't blame you if you didn't.

I've tried playing some freerolls with some FPP points I have on various sites, but no luck so far. I jumped in the Moneymaker round one on Stars tonight and lasted a phenomenal four hands. (Longer than over 700 other people; how sad is that?) I lost about two thirds of my stack when some complete bimbo called my pot sized bet on the flop (I had two pair) with ABSOLULTELY NOTHING. She called again on the turn with ONLY A GUTSHOT STRAIGHT DRAW. She then proceeded to HIT HER FOUR OUTER ON THE RIVER. (Her screenname said she was a hokie, but I refuse to believe there's that much stupid at my alma mater; plus, her info said she was in Charlottesville, so she's obviously a ditzy UVA student trying to make her school look better by not representing it.)

I then lost the rest of my stack when two people called my all-in preflop (I had AK) with Q3o and 78o. Stellar hands, really. Can you blame them for calling a 20x raise with those hands? Hell, yes. Morons. Man, it feels good to gripe about poker again. It's been a while.

Other than that, there's not a whole lot going on with the poker front. PSO should be putting some advertising money in my account on Absolute next week, so maybe I will be able to turn that into something. I mean, I turned $30 into $2000. Imagine what I can do with $60!

October 23, 2006

PokerRoom Closes Its Doors to the US

I received the following email today from Looks like another site is abandoning US customers.


"On September 30th 2006 the U.S. Congress passed the SAFE Port Act which also contained certain provisions known as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 that affects the processing of payments between U.S. customers and online gaming companies. The legislation was signed into law by President George W Bush on October 13th 2006.

We regret that the U.S. has taken this step to make it virtually impossible to offer real money entertainment to U.S. customers. It is doubtful that the U.S. authorities will achieve their stated goals by introducing such legislation. We believe that a properly monitored forward-looking regulation would be much more effective than this general ban.

Entirely due to this new law, we are disappointed to announce the following restrictions for all customers within the U.S.:

Depositing Restrictions
As officially stated before, we have been working on a technical solution to restrict all customers within the U.S. from depositing new funds at This solution will be implemented on October 25th.

Real Money Restrictions
We will have implemented the technical solution to restrict all customers within the U.S. from accessing our real money games starting Monday, November 6th. After that time you will still be able to login to, enjoy all of our play money games and withdraw funds from your account at your convenience.

Your funds will continue to be safe, secure and yours, and will be transferred to you at your request. The option to cash-out will remain available to you.

Unused Tournament Tickets
Valid tournament tickets are as good as cash and will be refunded to your account once the U.S. restrictions are implemented on November 6th. It may take some days for all tickets to be processed into cash, and only valid tickets (not expired) at the time of the U.S. restriction will be refunded.

Player Points / Loyalty Points
Player points and loyalty points will be inaccessible to all U.S. customers once the changes go live; but this does not mean that your points will expire. Your hard earned points will be stored indefinitely, in the event of real money play becoming available again. Until the U.S. restrictions are in place on November 6th you are free to use your points in our loyalty program.

Pending Bonuses
Pending bonus tasks will be void after the U.S. restrictions come into effect on November 6th, as it will not be possible to collect player points via our real money games. Until the Real Money restriction is in place you can continue to collect points to clear bonuses in your account.

At, we are of course very sorry for this development and we hope that we get the chance to meet all our U.S. players again in Real Money games, as we are aiming to offer real money games as soon as the legislation allows us to. We will do our utmost to continuously keep you up to date with future developments."

October 19, 2006

Neteller Follows The Crowd

So, according to what I've read over at CardSquad, Neteller is planning to comply with the new law as well. For now they say that it's business as usual, but you just know that once the law is defined more specifically, it is going to make what they're doing illegal. So they are most likely going to be closing their doors to US Citizens who want to use poker sites.

What are those of you who use Neteller going to do? I haven't been able to play for a few weeks now because Firepay was my only option. Do we just have to wait and hope the PPA can get something done?

October 10, 2006

FirePay Bends Over

Looks like I won't be playing anymore for a long while. FirePay was the only way I could transfer funds...


SUBJECT: New FirePay policy for US account holders

On September 30, 2006, the United States Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.

Once President Bush approves the Act. FirePay ( will no longer allow US consumer payments for online gambling merchants.

* Beginning the day President Bush signs the Act, FirePay will decline any purchase transactions from US FirePay account holders at any gambling merchant site.
* Ten days after President Bush signs the Act, FirePay will decline any transfer attempt made by any online gambling merchant to a US FirePay account.

All US FirePay accounts holders will continue to be able to make purchases and receive payments from non-gambling, online merchants, as well as “Deposit From” and “Withdraw To” their US bank account.

Click here for the latest news and opportunities for FirePay account holders.

** Please note:

1. This new policy will not affect FirePay account holders from outside of the United States

2. For any questions regarding these deadlines or policy, please email


October 05, 2006

Titan Folds

You can get your money out at least...


Dear Matthew,

Due to the recent passing of the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act by the United States Senate on September 30, 2006, and its imminent enactment as federal law, we will no longer allow real money gaming activities from United States residents.

We regret to inform you that, consequently, we are closing your gaming account at Titan Poker.

Your balance is available to you. You may access your account and request the withdrawal of such balance, subject to any conditions that might apply, including bonuses received.

We appreciate your patronage, and apologize for any inconvenience caused. We hope to be able to offer to you our services again in the future.

Robin Steele
Titan Poker
"Become a Legend at Titan Poker"

October 02, 2006

Cash Out Now

Via Wes: if you have money at any site operated by Party Gaming, you'll want to cash out now. If this recent ban on online gaming gets signed into law, which it will, then you will not be able to get your money out.

Also, if you're not already a member, it's not too late to join the Poker Players' Alliance.

Oh, and congress can kiss my ass.