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 @ 3:05pm

    Re: No way

    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.

    An all-in-on-disconnect policy actually just treats you as if you were all-in: any bets after that point go to a side pot, and you can win whatever was in the pot when you disconnected if you end up with the best hand. Whatever money you had at the table that you didn't bet doesn't get automatically bet for you; it ends up in your account if you don't come back.


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