AHH… the good old days.
I don’t know about most of you, but I remember a time when the online felt was as far as the eye could see. MTTs every hour of every day. That’s right, you know what I’m talking about… Pre-Black Friday.
For me this was right around college. You know those 2 AM, half in the bag, join anything after a hot-pocket grind sessions. Online poker in the U.S. was plentiful, and a great game was just a click away no matter what time of the day.
Will online poker in the U.S. ever be as awesome as it once was?
I will go all in on this and say I believe the answer is a very clear yes. There’s too much passion, interest, and money around this recreational sport to be held down for long.
Online poker needs regulation to protect the players from fraud and greed, and also needs safeguards to protect the uninformed and those susceptible to self-inflicted overuse by their irresponsible play.
But mostly online poker needs players. A significant volume of players will help create incentives for better and more robust poker sites. In some respects it represents a cycle. Players need to play despite the modest prize pools, so that the prize pools can grow which will then induce more players to join, and the games to get better.
As there is responsibility on the sites and the regulators to make an attractive and safe platform for players to participate, it is also the responsibility of the players to get involved and build the online poker community. It is a partnership. An unholy alliance in some ways, but necessary.
Let’s make New Jersey the ultimate example of a strong, domestic online poker environment. The industry may very well hinge on it. So get involved, sign up and play some games, and help to build the community.