Don't Play Poker Online While People Are Shooting At Your DSL

from the no,-seriously dept

I think we have a winner, already, for most bizarre story of the month. Yesterday, Broadband Reports had a random story about DSL service going down in New Mexico due to "random gunfire", which seems odd enough. However, the impact of that loss of DSL was beyond what many could imagine. That's because one local resident, just as the random gunfire erupted, happened to be playing poker online, and just happened to have pocket aces (the best hand) in the middle of a round with a lot of money at stake. He claims that just as the DSL service went down (yes, remember, due to random gunfire), he clicked to go "all in." However, service dropped, and by the time it came back, the game was over. Apparently, the system folded his pocket aces, since he wasn't responding -- but when the service came back, it remembered the "all in" click -- dumping all his money in on a hand where he had nothing. The guy, needless to say, is a bit pissed off. He wants to blame someone, but Qwest, the DSL provider isn't taking responsibility (can you believe them?). The online poker site also said too bad. Obviously, he's going after the wrong people. The person to blame is the "random" shooter who took out DSL in New Mexico. So, remember kids, when trying to raise tuition money or seed funding while playing poker online, it's best to do so on a connection you know is secure where there's no random gunfire shooting out DSL lines... or, maybe go wireless, since that's much tougher to take out with a gunfire.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2005 @ 2:05pm

    Re: No way

    But that simply doesn't happen with any of the main online holdem sites. If he clicked 'All In' (as was stated in the original post), then he made the final decision himself, and even if he lost connection, the server had received this request to go all in.

    Otherwise, he wouldn't have lost all the money to an all in bet and his hand would have just been folded for not responding in time.

    And if the poker site had a policy to put people all in when they lose their connection, they warn you of this BEFORE you join the table. It's all in plain site with warnings to let you know. If he ignored this, it's, once again, his own fault.

    But more likely, all that happened was he was beat. He just didn't get to see the bad beat with his own eyes and therefore I am sure it was rather frustrating to regain a connection and see that he lost everything.

    Even if he hadn't lost the connection, he would have still been all in on pocket aces and lost.

    I'm not understanding why there is confusion with this. He simply didn't understand what was happening at the time and was upset about losing his money. But it was his own bad decision making that did it.

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