Seriously, it is easier to get a Sears card than leave a comment on some blogs.
For Bill Rini's most recent post: Don't you think this domain snatching is a futile strategy for gaming opponents? How does this really affect the download client for existing players? So we have to update our client before playing. We pretty much have to do that all the time these days.
I'm sure Calvin Ayre has bought enough domains in the past week to last three lifetimes.
By the way, how is PokerStars able to offer me Echeck deposits & withdraws? I thought the ACH/EFT system was shut down for US players.
For Waffles post, "When does poker become profitable?" : Young Grasshopper, whenever you want it to be.
Seriously, you are a good player (and smart enough to know you need to practice good bankroll management *cough cough*), but saying it is not worth building a bankroll because of the hourly rate is just an excuse.
If you can make $10/hr at $1/2 NL, then 4 tabling these stakes = $40/hr. At $2/4 that's $80/hr, which you stated is an acceptable wage.
But it's not just beating the game. Play with rakeback. Take advantage of the reward programs. Select the softest games (some razz maybe?). Mix it up.
If you play tourneys, it's the highest variance of online poker. Be prepared for long droughts that might shake your confidence. If you play SNG's, be properly bankrolled just like cash games. (IMO, cash games pay you more per hour, unless you can crush turbo SNG's.)
If you play poker as a hobby, just have fun. But if you want to make it profitable, you have to grind with passion. There's a lot of good (even great) players who left the game because they just don't have the passion.
I'm still running good. Almost +2 PTBB/100 this year. Hurray, more charts!:
I posted on the PokerEV forum, and the creator thinks my chart is skewed by my style of play. Highly unlikely anyone can be that lucky over 21k+ hands. But even my all-in luck is considered above the norm:
I just don't think these charts accurately represent my play. NOBODY folds in PLO8 multi way pot, so I'm not taking down as many hands without a showdown. Since I showdown good hands, and am able to fold 2nd nuts (most of the time), I appear lucky.
It is a neat program for calculating Sklansky Bucks, which is a very good indicator of your play. I have done pretty well in that department.
Since my downswing, I'm actually playing at +5 PTBB/100. My last 10k hands, thanks to poker grapher:
I'm pleased with my play so far, and the availability of games. It seems Stars PLO8 is waaaay tighter. I might try Cake if they continue to keep tables going.