Poker Ramblings of cmitch

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I have been thinking about posting about the whole Neteller Fiasco, but I don't even know where to begin. I think this is going to be worse than the fallout back in October. The casual players that feed the poker economy will start to dry up.

I know someone that plays poker and bets on sports occassionaly. He has never taken the time to try to fully understand all the nuances of poker and doesn't really care to take the time to understand. He probably deposits between $50 to $100 at a clip and plays at night or on the weekends in between betting on sports. If he wins (at poker or on sports), he plays higher buy-in SNGs, MTTs, or cash games until he eventually loses the money that he won from that initial deposit. A week or two later, he makes another $50 to $100 deposit. Rinse. Repeat.

I asked him a couple of months ago if he had played on different sites and he said that he hadn't played on one in particular (don't remember which site) because his credit card was declined at that poker room but accepted by other poker rooms. I told him all about neteller and asked why he didn't use neteller to deposit/withdraw. He said that it was too much hassle.

"...too much hassle." That is the problem. If it becomes too hard or there are too many hoops to jump through for the average, casual player then they will stop depositing. That sucks!!!! The money flowing in will slow dramatically.

I am getting a headache thinking about it. I made big leaps in my game over the last year and was looking forward to 2007 being even better than 2006. Now, I have no idea how long things will last.

Yuk - I'm speechless.

I have gone through a few of the hands from my win last week and am still planning on posting them. I just haven't been too motivated with this neteller stuff going on.

5 responses to "Casual Players - A Thing of the Past?"

  1. I think we can look to LHE in some ways to see where this is headed. I call it showing up and finding a bunch of poker players at the table, which is what now happens when I can sneak over to the Bellagio. Poker like it used to be, just a bunch of grinders. We're not there yet in NLHE, but I really believe that's where we're headed; you're already starting to see table stats creeping closer to the teens even as low as $1/2 NLHE.


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