SwamiSwan, on Friday, July 28th, 2006, 1:19 PM, said:
I think professional poker players are going the way of the dinosaur and dial up. The pros of today are saturated in self promotion and website pumping because poker has no viable future. Why? Ruinous competition and steadily increasing amature player sophistication. The fish will eventually metamorphosize into pikers. Its Darwin, baby. In 5 years the game will need to take a quantum leap, and I just don't see how it can go beyond 'gambling'; once all the advantages pros enjoy today are eliminated. Even with ability and cards, odds defying suck-outs do occur. Poker will go the way of the fifteen minute rock star, the one hit wonder; all televised. kinda like "Survivor" or "Who wants to be a rock star?"
The pros today are into self-promotion because it's big bucks. It's easy money. You get paid large sums of cash to have your face/name on merchandise. Athletes do it too but you don't see anyone saying that professional football or basketball or hockey is going the way of the dinosaur.You say that more fish are becoming skilled, but guess what? There are more fish playing poker now than EVER BEFORE. There always will be far more fish than there are skilled players. Way back in the day, a pro was lucky to run across some suckers in a casino, now they are flooded all over the internet. All you have to do is sit down and take their money. If anything, the amount of money to be made from these newcomers is more than you could ever need.The reason pros self-promote and get endorsed is because it's a lot of money for very little work. Also, some people just like the fame and celebrity status. I mean how many celebs has Daniel met? Hundreds at least.Anyway, back on topic...I cleaned up yesterday Spence, you should have been there. I sat with $100 at a $5/$10 and turned it into $1000 in an hour lol. I use the little yellow ! marker to indicate the fish/free money players and the whole table was pretty much the yellow ! markers lol.That's another interesting point to make. Table selection can mean EVERYTHING. You don't want to sit with a bunch of loose-aggressive players in a shorthanded game. But loose-passives? PLEASE SIR MAY I HAVE SOME MORE?!