I hope that does not refer to me Dan.
I'm just trying to give some balance to what is, at least on 2+2, a bit of a hysterical debate, with all this "save poker" stuff.
I don't have a flag to fly for 'Stars (think about it!), but I do know they are a great, great, poker site. Tweaking a few things won't change that.
I was including you when I typed it but was a poor choice of wording so apologies for that
I meant the people that don't really see why this could be really bad for everyone. I sincerely hope that I'm wrong and it really is business as usual, or that Amaya uses some of the proceeds to fund a really clever marketing campaign that gets all of us talking about something else.
Actually I don't agree with the people saying that a casino and sportsbook on stars is a bad thing for the regs. I don't have any data to back this up but I suspect that a really high percentage of losing poker players play some table games and sports bet a bit already, they just do it on other sites that offer those services. Adding those services to pokerstars provides a more 'gambly' environment and the poker games will reflect that. Again it hurts the case for poker as a skill game when a case lands on a judges desk but I think that's pretty much a pipe dream now.
The thing that concerns me is that there is now a precedent for a form of the game that is raked too highly for anyone in the world (maybe besides jorj95) to be able to win at in the long run. I hope in a few years time we're not looking back at the 6max hypers rake changes saying that this was the writing on the wall and it was the first format to be raked into oblivion, with the others to follow.