Did you ever wonder how recreational players might view the current situation at PokerStars?
Of course, I’m referring to the ongoing three-day player strike brought about by the announced changes of rakeback cuts to high stakes and high volume grinders. Do you think that casual players are rejoicing over the fact that multi-tabling pros will be severely impacted financially?
Are recreational players silently cheering that the pros who have been making a living for years off of lesser-skilled players will see their incomes slashed once the VIP program changes take effect on January 1, 2016? Can that cheering be heard at the micro stakes tables at which the rec players can be found? Actually, for some, the opposite may be true.
@TheRealAnsky I'm a micro rec player. I respect boycott/strikes I won't be playing. You may find others like me who are quietly supportive.— Maureen McCarthy (@MoMac630) December 1, 2015
The Dream is Dead
While the above tweet may not be indicative of the feelings of the majority of casual players, there are certainly a good number who would echo the sentiments of the rec player who voiced her support on Twitter. There are likely hundreds, perhaps thousands of recs who are sorry to hear about the loyalty program changes at PokerStars that includes the elimination of Supernova Elite come Jan. 1, 2017.
And why would that be? Because for every player who makes a good living by grinding away at PokerStars, there are hundreds more who aspire to reach that same level one day.
There are an untold number of micro stakes rec players who envision themselves improving as time goes on, moving up in stake levels, watching that account balance rise as it coincides with earning a greater number of VPPs. The hope and dream of moving from the category of casual player up to the upper echelon of the online poker food chain, perhaps even one day reaching that holy grail of online poker – Supernova Elite!
Chat Box Conversation
The following was taken from a conversation between two players at an online poker site.
4nic8: what do u say about them screwing over the supernovas
OneCardShort: oh that really sucks man 🙁
4nic8: for those guys
OneCardShort: like without SNE
OneCardShort: pokerstars is not ps anymore
OneCardShort: it was like a dream
4nic8: interesting take on it
OneCardShort: and it was about prestige and money both
OneCardShort: just not the same
4nic8: so the site lost a bit of its lustre
4nic8: and allure
OneCardShort: just the feel i get
4nic8: but they are playing for volume as opposed to for winning
4nic8: which is kinda wrong
OneCardShort: maybe, but honestly, beating rake is hard so thats understandable
4nic8: but they feel they are entitled to the rakeback
OneCardShort: well their feelings aside, pokerstars had operated on the same business model for a long time
OneCardShort: and now they’ve decided to ruin it completely
4nic8: yes, changed directions
OneCardShort: i understand that they want more recs, but recs come where there are dreams
OneCardShort: idk they have different dreams to sell now
OneCardShort: like spin and goes
OneCardShort: but thats more like dreams of winning a lottery
OneCardShort: than a legit poker dream
4nic8: different dreams to sell
4nic8: no more supernova dreams
OneCardShort: it may well work i have no clue
4nic8: the prestige
OneCardShort: but to me its not about poker anymore
4nic8: hmmmm. pokerstars claims playing for volume is not about poker
OneCardShort: thats bs
OneCardShort: internet poker is all about volume
OneCardShort: and they know that very well
4nic8: yes good point
OneCardShort: if not
OneCardShort: why do they allow for 20 tables
4nic8: how many do they allow?
OneCardShort: i think its like 24
OneCardShort: and you can ask for more
OneCardShort: it still feels sad
OneCardShort: def end of an era, no doubt about that
4nic8: yah the dream is gone
4nic8: part of what made pokerstars special
4nic8: and it was all destroyed
OneCardShort: yeah, that’s gone now and it’s not coming back