Yes, today is International Talk like a Pirate Day. I first met it when I started playing poker online. That was right after Chris Moneymaker’s win; so, it would have been 2003. It started in 1995; so I was late to the party.
I was playing on a now defunct site called Poker Room. Hey, I wanted to learn to play better (Great in my daydreams.) I googled “poker rooms” and guess who came up first. Micro games were .25-.50 limit and I started with 50-bucks. I’d bought a book at the book store — Amazon wasn’t the 500# gorilla — really bad book. Matched my play to a tee. I managed to last a couple of months with it because I got a Royal that paid me another 50.
Poker Room was an interesting site. It had chat attached to the game selection menu and a forum where you’d talk a bit of smack. It got to be a family. Of course like any family, it could have its off moments. I posted like crazy and met a lot of similar folks that became friends. I learned about sit and goes and started to play them with the group. Yes, we even had a little club. We were War Games. The old site listed is moribund as is Poker Room. But, the site was unique and like no other. Some of the management/sales people actually participated in the forum and came up with prizes like the person who could win the most with 72 offsuit would win a PR bathrobe. That set off a competition and pleading for a bathrobe. People spent silly amounts in the various contest trying to get on or work the management for a freebie.
We all turned into angle shooters for those darn bathrobes. The site was really about a congenial gathering spot that nobody since duplicated. Fun times. Too much rake but fun times. Lot of promos those. They had two freerolls a day with $3000 in prize money that we all played. Look at what freerolls descended to.
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end. Until…
Arr, Matey. On that Black Friday, we all walked the plank.