Was thinking of putting together a collection of images summing up every upset, scandal, and detriment to online poker in 2011. Got a bit lazy as there's so much to cover, but here's what I came up with so far. Anyone else have any ideas?
1. The most obvious and iconic one. No description necessary...
2. Suddenly an industry-leading poker giant, with household-name sponsored pros and TV commercials during Football games is rebranded in international news as a 'ponzi scheme'. I kept expected my parents to call me up and tell me 'I told you so, it's all a scam'.
3. One of my favourite players disappears from the poker scene. The mystique of Ivey is shattered as we discover he has $15M in gambling debts, and was loaned $10M from FTP. Were the nosebleed games he crushed online essentially for play money? Was his lawsuit vs Full Tilt an attempt to hide his involvement? How much did he know about FTP's corrupt business operations?
4. A silver-tongued kid manages to convince professionals that he's a poker prodigy despite never revealing his screen-names, or meeting them in person. With ulterior motives to develop a protege, Haseeb 'INTERNET POKERS' Qureshi and other notable pros vouch for him. Signed as a coach for Pokerstrategy, he gains the trust of a skype group of HS pros, then is caught cheating them out of tens of thousands of dollars in Teamviewer sweat sessions.
5. Bots are discovered beating MSNL on Ongame, Ipoker and Party. They destroy 5/10 6max NL for close to seven figures. Gone are the days when bots were a minor nuisance at microstakes, exploitable losers before RB.
6. Sites begin to implement software measures discriminating against winning players, citing 'network liquidity', and narrow-minded logical arguments about winning regs being a detriment to the site, fish's deposits the 'only source of rake'. Everleaf outright bans players who win more than €750 per month from playing.
Here's to a better 2012!