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Catching the curve - US Players

    • dew09
      Joined: 02.04.2012 Posts: 1
      Unfortunately, I only started playing poker a year ago, shortly before many of the most popular poker-rooms were taken down in the United States. There is only one live casino within an hour from where I live, and the highest stakes played for there is a $2-5 limit game. I'm to figure out how to build my experience at a rate where it can match the rapid pace of the world community of poker. It feels as if I'm getting left in the dust. Only being allowed to play for fake-money online severely hurts the psychology of the game.

      Are there any other US players in a similar position to my own? How are you managing the dry spell? Have you figured out how to keep your game sharp?
  • 1 reply
    • pleno1
      Joined: 19.11.2010 Posts: 5,596
      Hey Dew09,

      Sorry to hear about the lack of poker available to you. What game type are you interested in? I think that playing 2-5 limit when you would prefer to play NL won't give you a huge learning curve.

      What I would suggest is taking X$ out of our salary/disposable income a month and letting you treat yourself to one item if you manage to win a target amount of play chips online.

      This way you could learn to multi table, table select, play with the software, understand variance etc. You are going to be playing ALOT more hands per hour meaning you will learn alot more. In the mean time you can continue to watch PokerStrategy videos and continue to develop your game. When a tournament comes near by if you have done well enough online to treat yourself then you can put your skills to the test and hopefully not before long, poker will be legal again.

      Remember you can buy statuses at to watch any video that you want to.

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      You could even make a blog about the whole thing, think it would be totally different and something I'd want to subscribe to.

      Want List
      New Computer Mouse
      Football Jersey
      Meal for 2 at nice restaurant
      Tournament ticket

      You could allocate different amounts of play chips to each of the items on the want list and ofc change them to your desires.

      Hope you enjoy my thoughts and think about going down this route!