Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Recovering from a Frist Fucking

Yesterday was interesting, to say the least. Not only did we have the early returns from Fristmeister's jihad against online gaming, but lots of turmoil in the Scurvy household. ScurvyWife had scheduled sinus surgery a month or so ago, which happened yesterday, and was all sorts of fun. It actually went well and she's doing fine, so the only real downside was the fact that I got to sit in a hospital waiting room for about 8 hours, which isn't much of a downside at all. Fun to watch CNN, though, and see other fine Republican leaders such as Foley acquiting themselves so well. And yeah, sure, Democrats have had the same problem with keeping their johnsons in their pants, but they at least have the decency to get jiggy with consenting parties who aren't, you know, freaking minors. Grand old party, indeed...

ScurvyRat decided to get in on the drama action, too, as we came home Saturday night and he'd somehow bunged up his back right leg and wasn't using it at all. He seemed better Sunday and was putting weight on it, so we chalked it up to a sprained ankle, which is fairly common with rats. Yesterday morning, though, it was much worse and really swollen and he was squeaking if you touched him and generally miserable. So we ran him into the vets, got some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory, ran back home, then got ScurvyWife to the hospital for her surgery. Rat is much better today, putting weight on it, and the swelling is way down, so hopefully the family is all on the mend.

As far as poker, well, you're all probably up to speed on what's going on. I was surprised that Party and 888 caved so quickly, but not terribly so. Good to see FTP stepping up, although the fact that they're still private makes it infinitely easier for them to take that stance. I cashed out the bulk of the money I had online except for what I have in sportsbooks that is held up for whatever reason. The Neteller train seems to be running on time and all my cashouts so far have been processed normally, so there's probably no reason to pull out all of your money now, but I just didn't see any upside in leaving it in any accounts. I'd ignore the talk you see about the ban applying only to money that is deposited, not withdrawn, leading up to the advice that as long as your account is currently funded, you can play indefinitely. That's a cute argument and it may indeed be a strict interpretation of the language, but the intent of the legislation pretty clearly encompasses the entire chain of depositing/withdrawing to online gaming sites, and it's 99% likely that having a pre-existing funded account isn't going to be a viable workaround for US players.

3 comments:

Klopzi said...

Frist fucking?

Hilarious!

Blinders said...

I'm glad FTP is standing up, but it will not last. The site is partially owned by name pros who live in the US. They will be easy targets and they will figure this out sooner rather than later. Independent smaller sites with no US presence will probably be the only holdouts. FTPs US presence is too big.

Bloody P said...

And "Best Title of a Blog Entry" goes to........

SOUND OF A SUCKOUT!!!!

nh, sir