I'm quitting poker.
Not really, but I am redirecting my efforts. For the past few years, I've been slowly drifting towards on-line exclusivity. The draw is clear. I have a busy schedule and the siren sound of a "sit-n-go" quickie is the time-suck I can afford. More than that, as supplemental income, I can't afford not...but I must. The love of the game originated in face-to-face "rounding" and it is that origin I plan to reclaim.
I'm temporarily benching myself from the digital game. The duration of my self-imposed exile depends on how soon I accomplish this little crusade I've been hinting.
On-line poker is currently (debatably) illegal for US players due to a bit of pork barrel legislation passed under the Bush Admistration. I resolve to do everything in my power to help many notable professionals in over turning said law. Whether or not you are a fan of Obama, having democrats in office makes this particular right's return much more likely. The Poker Player's Alliance sited Obama as the second most likely candidate to help overturn the bill. Second only to Ron Paul.
So what does this mean to you?
HellsColdDay.com will continue with its regular posts on general poker topics, but will also introduce a new post category to follow my mission. I'm going to miss playing cards with my long-distance readers, but hopefully my hiatus will be a short one. I wish I could make an exception for the likes of the Twitter Poker Tour, but I plan on putting myself out there for the cause and it is important to be on the up-and-up. Besides, the return to on-line play will be a driving factor in getting things done. Please feel free to help by posting related articles and ideas in the comments. Talk to you soon.