I was among the thousands of players that were affected by Black Friday. I used to play Fixed Limit Omaha High/Low and Seven Card Stud High/Low sit and gos and multi table tournaments at PokerStars before Black Friday. I played online poker professionally off and on for years before Black Friday, which affected both my ability to play and my profession writing content and handling support for Poker Affiliate Solutions.
While I disagree with what happened on Black Friday, it had to occur to bring regulation to the industry.
I live in Nevada where I have two regulated online poker choices; Ultimate Poker and WSOP. I have tried both equally in terms of rake paid. I started at Ultimate Poker, but left it for WSOP when it launched because I am not a Texas Hold’em player. I enjoyed the Omaha High/Low and Seven Card Stud High/Low cash games offered by WSOP, but eventually went back to Ultimate Poker.
The main reason I went back to Ultimate Poker is because of its support. It is located in Las Vegas and response times rival what I grew accustomed to when I played at PokerStars. The quality also equals PokerStars.
While I never played Pot Limit Omaha High/Low on a regular basis, I have grown to enjoy the sit and gos offered by Ultimate Poker. I am a far better tournament player than cash game player. The amount of rake paid is much lower at tournaments as well.
The Ultimate Poker PLO8 sit and gos that run on a regular basis have seven seats with a $2.50 and $7.77 buyin.
The $7.77 sit and gos have a promotion where a player that wins three between November 21st and December 31st will gain entry to a $7,777 freeroll that will be held on January 5th. I am certain that I am dead money since it is No Limit Texas Hold’em, a game I do not enjoy and have never perfected. I am not playing at Ultimate Poker because of this promotion, but who knows, maybe I can luckbox a cash in it.
The Ultimate Poker PLO8 sit and gos are the most fun that I have had since I lost access to PokerStars and there is ample action, even late at night. The only thing that would be more fun to me would be having Fixed Limit Omaha High/Low and Seven Card Stud High/Low sit and gos and tournaments. I feel certain that will never happen with Nevada’s limited liquidity.
I do not give much action at the Ultimate Poker PLO8 cash games because I feel the buyin range is not ideal. I am not a big fan of 20-50 big blind buyin cash games. I am sure that Ultimate Poker has its reasons for this, which likely includes keeping players from busting in deep games, but it keeps me from being a regular cash game player there. If I put myself in Ultimate Poker’s shoes, I feel they are making the correct business decision.
As I watch the success in New Jersey, I wish that I had access to those games. Hopefully a liquidity agreement will be signed between the states in the near future. In the meantime, I will probably spend my spare time grinding a few dollars a week out of the low limit PLO8 sit and gos spread by Ultimate Poker until Nevadans have access to serious action.