So, here goes…
Regarding Part Three, where I said that the casino companies that “have the most toys” will eventually wind up the winners - taking umbrage with my position that major casinos being against PokerStars buying a casino in Atlantic City isn’t inconsistent - yes, it is.
I have a problem with casino companies being both for and against gambling. I mean, I know they’re “for” it because that’s their business, but when they take the side of the anti-gamers, that’s an inconsistent position, and makes me wonder what I can believe from them…ever. When they position themselves as being against an expansion of gambling, just because it’s in another state, that’s inconsistent. I know WHY they do it, but it would be better if they kept their mouth shut (and their money to themselves). If “Casino M” has a stake in State A, but State B wants to legalize gaming, yeah, it’s gonna affect their bottom line. No kidding. Buy WHY would you position yourself as being on the “no gaming in State B” side just because you’re not going to be the one who gets to set up shop there? I’ve seen this play out time and time again, and, with corporate consolidation the way it is, it has turned out that companies who fought to keep gaming out of State B wound up buying other casinos that were in State B, so talk about wasted money. Besides, it’s stupid. If you’re in the gaming business, you’re for gaming. Once you take the other side…you’re just another greedy business, and why in the world would I want to patronize you?
Regarding Part Two, and my war against Zynga - well, if you’ve followed this blog long enough, you know I rarely have anything nice to say about Zynga. To prove my point that they are long on social and short on strategy, I decided to play in their shootout tourneys. It’s basically three Sit N Gos - first round winner goes to the next table, and then progressing to the final table. You get your money back if you win the first table, and profit only if you make the final three of the second table (the big money being for the final table, of course). Of course, “money” is nothing here - it’s all free play. That’s the important thing, because the “strategy” here, as far as I can tell, is to go all-in on the first hand, no matter what cards you hold. As of this writing, it’s been
36 39 straight first table games where at
least three players (of nine) have gone all in.
A few have had quality hands (pocket Queens, Kings, A-K suited), but
most are on the line of 9-5o, 6-3 suited, that kind of crap. And, as you can imagine, when there are
several players involved in a free-for-all hand like that, it’s usually the
skany hand that wins. And then the bozo
goes all-in the very next hand, too.
One more thing - of those
36 39 tourneys, I was able
to get to Round Two five seven times (only once did I go all in on my
first hand - pocket Kings that held up).
In Round Two, someone went all in every time on the first hand (usually
had three or four followers). I made it
out of that mess of land mines once to the final table, where…you guessed it -
someone went all in (he had J-10 suited, and lost to a 4-flusher A-5o). That’s poker.
Strategy, my ass, though.