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Jackinthebox


Poker felts ablaze with anticipation, burn my palms,
Oh how I love thee, alas, love cannot be measured in chipstacks,
Full of a conjurers trickery, you turn boats into houses.

You maybe need to know something about Poker to really understand this. I thnk I got the syllable count right. I got 16,16,14, total 46, but I could be wrong on that, very easily.

Over at d’Verse, they have introduced me to the form of a Sijo. Not sure I did the form justice or not, but the fun is in the trying.


The shit finally hits the fan [Online Poker]


Well, it had to happen sooner or later. The later was preferable, but, the US government are not well know for acting in haste.

Yesterday, at some point [US is 5 hours behind UK] the FBI stepped in and seized the internet domains of Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker. They also seized bank accounts and arrested people believed to have broken laws concerning online gambling.

The UIGEA regulations have been in existence for some time now [2006] and has been a rocky ride so far. Many people, gamblers and poker players believe that online gambling is illegal in the US. It’s not!! It’s the proceeds and how they are handled that are illegal, and from what I have read so far, these poker sites knew what they were doing and found ways they thought would circumnavigate the UIGEA regs. Appears they were wrong. The fallout will be worldwide in poker terms. There is a huge online poker community in the States and I dread to think about the amount of money involved. You cannot log onto these sites and withdraw your money in the States now and the FBI have warned that all online poker domains will be shut down within 48 hours. That means that any US players will not be able to access their poker/gambling accounts and the money could end up being confiscated under the terms of UIGEA. It must be a real nightmare for them. The effects of this could hit a lot of people from other countries as well. I am hoping to move my own bankroll out of online poker rooms just in case this ends up effecting the UK as well at some point. It shouldn’t, but you never know where these organisations have their accounts and whether they are 100% legal. A lot of game servers were moved out of the USA after the announcement of UIGEA, but it would appear that they are still not out of the reach of the FBI. If they can prove money laundering, then the fines could be as much as $3 billion according to some reports, that could in effect, bankrupt some sites and leave us, the customer, to pick up the costs.

It’s a very very sad day for all online players. To think that I might never play poker again with players from the USA is upsetting for sure, some are very good friends and very decent poker players. I enjoy some table banter with them all and will miss that. I am sure many others in Europe and across the globe feel the same way. I have signed a few online petitions in support of poker players in the US, but would like the chance to do more than that. Its the damned tax revenue that governments want to get their greedy hands on. So far, online gambling is not taxable in most countries and I am 100% certain that if these actions in the USA become a success, then it wont be long until other governments follow suite. Its uncertain times in the online world of poker and gambling and it looks like its going to be getting very messy from here on.

http://domainincite.com/feds-seize-billion-dollar-poker-domains/


Pokerspace


Ok, for some of you out there, you will be asking what the hell my name could mean.  Pspacer11 means absolutely nothing by itself and I have to agree. But, knowing and understanding some of the background behind it all explains how it came about.

I am an active member of an online poker forum/community called Pokerspace. It’s a great place to meet fellow poker players, talk poker, play poker and post blogs and forum topics.

http://www.pokerspace.com/community/

I think if you click the link it should take you to the community homepage and you can take it from there. the school is a good place to start. It matters not what you level of skill is, it’s a good test to see just how much you think you know about poker. Be warned, the outcome can be surprising!

Theres all manner of things going on at Pokerspace. Theres a weekly tournament schedule for members only, with points and cash to be won and a great team event called the Crew Cup where the prize is an all expenses trip to somewhere, usually a casino hotspot or something like that.

Anyway, I digress. I have been a member there for almost a year now and have enjoyed the ride so far. I have improved my game, which is why I signed up in the first place and won two Indy Leagues, various tournaments and also the Crew Cup. To have done all this inside of my first 12 months has been staggering and shows how much my game has improved. The Crew Cup prize this year was for a trip to Las Vegas to play the live OFC [online forum challenge] at the end of June. Hotel accommodation, travel expenses and buy ins are all paid for and theres cash left over for some spending money. Not bad huh. Oh, there’s also the annual PSOC event which is the Pokerspace Online Championship. It’s almost a mini WSOP with various events with different buy ins and prizes. All events can be satellited into.

Anyway, that’s where the name comes in. My nic on Pokerspace is Tino11, but that was already taken by the time I got here. So I had the task of thinking up a new nic that incorporated my own nic and the community I represent. So to me, Pspacer11 was a good compromise, one that I am happy with and one that suggests where I might be coming from.

I would think by now, all you poker players from the US are aware of the UIGEA  regs put forward by your government to either restrict you from playing poker, or to find some way of taxing the revenue from poker and online gambling.

http://www.pokerspace.com/community/blogs/socialdave/online-poker-and-the-us-government-is-the-war-coming-to-a-close/

This blog from one of our distinguished administrators shows the latest news about all this nonsense. Unfortunately, this  whole situation threatens us all as online poker players as I feel certain that other governments of the world will try to follow suit.

So now you have some idea of what we are about. Why not jump on over and pay us a visit and see for yourself whats on offer. Nothing ventured, nothing gained right? I am sure, once you have a butchers [look] you will be hooked.