Katie Stone, a poker professional player who is known for her skills at multi-table poker tournaments was recently interviews and discussed Full Tilt Poker. Stone is a member of PokerStars and has also played at Party Poker. As a result her views are particularly indicative of how those poker players who are now associated with Full Tilt Poker and are playing there view the situation.
Katie Stone now plays on both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, “I play multi-table tournaments on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.”
Stone also had much to say about the current state of US poker laws that do not allow players to play online poker tournaments on top poker rooms like PokerStars, Party Poker and so on. The UIGEA ended up robbing some poker players of their sources of income. Stone is one of these players who like Daniel Negreanu ended up moving so as to be able to continue to play poker legally. “Moving out of the country was a huge decision. I would like to say that it was strictly a financial decision, but I would be lying if I said that. The fact that my profession was made illegal devastated me not only financially but it hurt me emotionally. I felt extremely betrayed by the U.S. government, who had taken my years of study and hard work and just tossed it out the window.”
Stone also explained an aspect of the difficulties of an online poker player trying to make a transition to live poker in brick and mortar casinos. “I moved to Vegas with my boyfriend after Black Friday to try playing live full time, but it just was not for me. It’s difficult as a tournament player, to withstand the financial variance of live poker’s higher buy-ins; it’s also difficult to mentally withstand it. In addition to the thousands of MTTs you are able to play each day online, you have so many tools at your disposal like tracking and analysis software, graphs, charts and stats that help us understand and realize our true expectancy as a poker player. For me, this makes all the difference in the world. My only regret is that I did not leave the country sooner to get back online. But we live and we learn, and I believe the entire experience has made me a better person and a better poker player” she said.
Several online poker players have been affected by Black Friday and the UIGEA like Stone, but sadly there has been no real solution offered to them as yet.