I just did a general positive post over on my SNG Planet blog. Noticing the lack of updates here at Plan3t Gong for a few weeks – it seemed like a good time to continue the optimism here.
The title is 5 reasons to be positive for US players – and I wanted to add a quick caveat to this before I get going… I know things are not the same for my friends across the pond as they were before Black Friday! Things are looking up though, green shoots have appeared and online poker in some kind of regulated form is making its way towards us. Once your contest to see who has the most financial backing (you call it an election even though hardly anyone votes, right?) is over, then there is a real chance we could see some movement at a Federal level, we’ll have to wait and see!
#1 – You now have 2 rival networks.
A little while ago it was Merge (Carbon Poker) and the rest… now at least you have the new revolution network giving a choice. Just check the bonus amounts, Sunday tournament guarantees and cool new promotions… the effects are there and the fall should see this battle escalate – great news for players!
#2 – Payment Processing
Deposits and withdrawals, particularly using Visa cards and paper checks (for withdrawals) are going well… it seems like (for the time being at least), the authorities are focused elsewhere. See my dedicated deposits for us players article here.http://www.sitandgoplanet.com/pokerpayments/Best_Poker_Deposit_Methods_For_USPlayers.html
#3 – Tournament Schedules And Guarantees
US players can now get a decent amount of games running at the lower to mid buy-ins by combining Cake and Carbon Poker’s tournaments. Both of these sites are also offering satellite qualifiers to live events, many of which pay their prizes in cash (hint hint!)
#4 – Nevada Legal Sites
This is just a matter of time now… with operators being awarded licenses. Sure, you will need to be a resident of NV to play – however the effect of the states ‘doing it for themselves’ should not be underestimated – this may well be the catalyst to bring forward some federal legislation a little faster in 2013.
#5 – Full Tilt Money Coming Back
I know many players who have had some large sums of money locked up in Full Tilt. These funds should be coming back soon, with the start of November highlighted as the latest date. Since they have your records anyway, you might as well claim what is yours.
Enough optimism for one day – I am off to make nice cup of English tea!
GL at the tables, Mark