Why poker is more than a game.

I am writing this blog specifically for you those fighting to stop ipoker. I want to show you why online poker is more than just a game. Four years ago I wrote this blog on a poker social network.

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about my rough patch. A month ago I had been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. After months of feeling down, hiding panic attacks and endless crying. I went to see a shrink that I had visited in the past. The moment she looked at me she told me, that I was sick and I needed to see a doctor. After careful decision, I decided to take the medication that the doctor prescribed, and try to continue working. I tried to hide this from my family and friends as for some reason I had felt like I had failed. All came crashing down one day when I had a panic attack that I couldn’t control. I was sent home on a two week vacation to get myself together. During that two weeks, I had countless doctor and shrink appointments.

I have now been off work for almost a month. I have started to sleep, and eat again. The rest will slowly get back to normal I hope and I will be able to return to work.

Why am I telling you this? Because I need to, I feel like it will help me come to terms and stopped feeling ashamed of what I’ve turned into. Right now I don’t want to go outside and face the world, I just want to stay at home. Poker seems to be the only thing that I enjoy, but I really want to get back to going to the gym, I just can’t bring myself to run into anyone yet. The last two days, I have had a extra hard time and also thought this might help.

I received countless replies both private and on the forum. That made my life a little easier to live. To this day when I play poker online I know I am doing something great for my mind. It gets a workout. I get to practice thinking logically. Not to mention the amount of amazing people that I would have never had the chance to interact with had I not joined a poker forum. A few months later I was back at work. I still played poker at night and on weekends and was getting ready for my first ever trip to Vegas. A member of that forum had won a trip but couldn’t go so they gave me the tournament buyin portion of the prize.

Since then I go to Vegas once a year. In 2012 I final tabled the Ladies WSOP. None of this would have happened if I didn’t learn to play poker online. Just another great experience I got to have because of online poker.

Online poker players are not criminals. You keep trying to paint us all as these evil money hungry scammers. We aren’t. We just found something in life that we enjoy that happens to have money as a reward if we work hard on our game. If you want to know why we take your campaign against us so personally. It is personal, you are calling me a criminal. You don’t play poker so you can’t possibly understand how this game is truly a wonderful thing.

Do people try to cheat? Yes. They do that in Brick and Mortar games also. In the past sites have caught cheaters, banned them and returned the money to players that were cheated from. So don’t paint the online poker world as something that pushes it under the rug. They don’t. We have communities that callout scum and sites have security departments that are on the lookout for odd behavior. Cheating happens in every industry. People try to cut corners or gain an unfair advantage. With your logic every business that money switches from person to person should be illegal. Just in case.

So far I have found all the propaganda you have been spewing about online gambling disgusting. It is like watching and reading examples from bad marketing book on scare tactics. This last Youtube ad on underage player is a perfect example of how you don’t know what you are fighting against and are uniformed. Not only was this posted but the comments were all deleted. So much for having a voice? I took the time to watch your video you can have the respect not to delete my comment. I didn’t say anything vulgar just my opinion.

I don’t know what you have a passion for but everyone needs something like online poker has been for me. It has helped not only improve my life but has given me opportunities that others wish they had they had and the courage to take them. Just imagine if someone had the power to take away your dream. Or do you deserve happiness more than me?

3 thoughts on “Why poker is more than a game.

  1. Tino

    This is not a unique situation. I had a life changing illness 6 yrs ago. I was sport mad and was always walking and running around. That all stopped because of an illness. So for someone who is ultra competetive, how could I fill that void? I was fortunate, I found online poker. I could be competetive from the safety of my own home, on a level playing field because although physically disabled, theres nothing wrong with my brain. Online poker helped me tremendously along with some of the people I met online along the way.

    All I can say is, pay no heed to those who dont know what they are talking about. if you are posting something this strong, someone pissed you off big time.

    Instead of bashing online gambling/poker, what about illegal child pornography, is that not a far more worthy situation for us all to focus on and do something about?

    Sady nutters, some people think there is only one opinion that matters, ther own.

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    1. nutbreaker Post author

      If anyone wants to know my reply to the video that they deleted. This was it.

      A lot of miss information being given in this ad.
      1) Kids spend a lot of money playing angry birds and candy crush.
      2) Sites offer RSA Security Tokens. Parents that have kids they can’t trust should get them.
      3) Everyone gets an email when a deposit is made and sites have daily deposits limits. I personally get emails to my phone so would know the second one was made.
      4) I haven’t been able to use a credit card in years on poker sites because my credit card company does not allow it. And I am fine with that because I don’t think it is a good idea to play with money someone doesn’t have. The way I deposit and take off money from a site no kid would be able to figure out.

      Don’t try to ban everyone because someone can’t control their kid!

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