Why is online poker so popular in Indonesia

Indonesia has made great strides over the last few decades. Its per capita income is now on par with many other developed nations. It certainly isn’t fair to characterize the country as being the backwards, third-world dictatorial toilet bowl it was under, say, Suharto. But its per-capita income is still low enough that true first-world economic opportunities can have a huge impact on the lives of its residents.

While online poker has experienced a precipitous decline in recent decades, it’s exactly in places like Indonesia, countries with relatively high average IQ’s and hardworking, studious populations, where online poker or the so called agen poker uang asli, has remained quite popular. In some cases, online poker has actually increased its market in countries that straddle the line between second and first world existence.

For example, although Portugal would be considered by most to be squarely among the ranks of developed countries, it’s still far from a Germany or Switzerland. PokerStars’ recent launch of its Portugal site was an amazing success, far exceeding what even the most optimistic experts predicted.

It’s easy to claim that these countries are experiencing sustained and even growing popularity of a game which has long since fallen out of favor among G20 nations not because poker customers view the game as a potential means to make a good income but because those customers just enjoy the game for its own sake. Such claims form the central point of debates which occupy megabytes of forum space on the internet, and it’s not our intention to rehash those debates. But it is our unwavering opinion that a main driving force behind poker’s popularity is and always has been the ability of a certain small subset of players to make a good, consistent living from the game.

Where $50,000 per year is life-changing money

All throughout the developing world, at least the portion that has relatively high IQ’s, the trend seems to be the same. Poker’s decline has been attenuated or even reversed whereas in first-world countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, the game’s popularity has imploded like the poker room at the Tropicana Hotel. It can plausibly be hypothesized that, in countries that still suffer from widespread poverty, the ability of an average citizen who is willing to work hard to realistically be able to make $25,000-$50,000 per year is enough to get lots of people’s attention.

This can also be seen with similar marginal economic opportunities that are enormously popular in the Far East and global South but which have waned or disappeared from the United States. One such example is Amway. As with poker, it is a favorite device of Amway’s critics to characterize it as an outright scam. But, like poker, it is an absolutely legitimate economic opportunity for those with a little skill and a ton of work ethic. But whereas an Amway IBO who works 50 hours per week might only expect to make $10,000-$15,000 per year, a genuinely skilled poker player who works the same number of hours may still be able to push high five figures.

Indonesia happens to be one of Amway’s major markets, one of the countries that have led that company’s continued growth over the last three decades. It’s easy to see, then, that for the same population, online poker could still be an attractive career choice indeed.

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Entertainment for girls

When a girl is feeling under the weather, only her best girlfriend is going to bring her a steaming bowl of chicken soup. She’s probably the only person that can make you smile when you are feeling that rough. She won’t care that your face is as pale as a ghost and that your hair is tangled and messy. They’re always there for you when you are at your best and at your worst.

Girlfriends never want the short version of a situation. Unlike their conversations with men, they want to hear every juicy detail with no words left out. Girlfriends know that when something happens you are going to be emotional. They also know that once they let you talk it out, the feelings will lose their intensity. They’re the first person to share in your joys, your sorrows, your disappointments, and your greatest achievements.

Girls like to have fun together. They’re always looking for new ways to create some new memories. That’s what this blog is all about. It’s the go-to place where girls can sit for hours scrolling through the ideas, excitedly planning for what they get to do next. Sure, you can have a spa day with mani’s and pedi’s, get a makeover done, or lay out at the beach. There’s a world of other ideas out there just waiting for you to try. You’ll find them all right here.

A World of Entertainment Beyond the Spa


Here’s a new idea to try! How about a wine and painting session where a group of girls meet up at an art studio and all paint the same painting? Wine helps to get the giggles started as the first brushstroke hits the canvas. Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter what the painting looks like in the end. They all look great after a few glasses of wine.

Instead of reading a book on your own, think about starting a book club. Why not read the hottest book series together? Rustle up some new appetizer ideas, fill up the punch bowl, and get into deep conversations about what each character in the book said and did. Most of all, enjoy each other’s company along with your favorite books.

There is one thing that is common to nearly all girls. They’ve got skills! Have a discussion about what your favorite hobbies are. Chances are pretty good that a few women in any group know how to crochet, knit, sew, cook, garden, quilt, or do woodworking. Set up a class for everyone to learn the new skill. If someone can’t do it, at least they had fun trying it. Try working on a t-shirt quilt together using t-shirts of all of the places that you’ve been together.

If you hate to work out, call in the girls and sign up for a girls’ bootcamp workout class where you can sweat and feel the burn together. If everyone is not up for a rigorous workout, relax with a yoga class or dance off some pounds in a dance class. Top off the class at someone’s house by enjoying a smoothie bar with yogurt and fresh fruits.

Find the latest and greatest inspiration for entertaining ways to spend time with your best girlfriends. Use some of these ideas and get ready to have a blast!

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Video Game Consoles

A video game console is a device whose primary function is to allow users to play video games on a monitor or home theater. Video game consoles are different than arcade games or home computers. Originally, video game consoles were designed only to play games. They can now be used to play CDs, DVDs, connect to the internet or watch TV channels.

Early Video Game Consoles

The first consoles acted like computers that specifically ran video games. Many of the early consoles could only run one game. As the technology became more advanced, the consoles were created to accept different game cartridges. You could plug the console into a television to display the game. Controllers that plugged into the console let players control the action. Early controllers were often joysticks or trackballs.

Modern Video Game Controllers

The newer controllers are as varied as the modern consoles. Today, controllers are wireless. They don’t contain long wires that can trip users or pull the console off a shelf. Each brand of video game console usually only works with the same brand’s controllers.

Steering wheels may be used for games that involve driving. These have motion detectors that sense when you’re turning. Buttons on the wheels control functions such as speed.

Dance pads are pressure-sensitive surfaces that you stand on to control the game with your feet. These are ideal for using with dance games like Dance Dance Revolution.

The Nintendo Wii balance board makes playing games that involve surfing or skateboarding more realistic. It can also serve as a scale or give feedback about the player’s equilibrium, which is helpful when you’re playing fitness games.

Movement trackers use cameras to detect the player’s actions. These don’t require controllers at all, so they leave your hands free. Motion controllers include a stationary motion sensor that sits somewhere near the TV or monitor. The handheld controllers communicate wirelessly with the motion sensor. This lets players mimic the movements of their video game character while holding the controller. All of the modern video game consoles have some type of motion control.

Classic controllers are held in both hands. They have buttons and may have a tracking ball or joystick as well.

Popular Video Game Consoles

The most common brands of video game consoles are Sony Playstation, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox. The manufacturers improve these consoles every few years. The more recent consoles allow players to interact with each other over the internet while playing games. They can also play other types of media.

Handheld video game consoles contain the controls, speakers and display screen in one unit. These portable systems allow you to play games wherever you go. Some handheld consoles can have the games streamed wirelessly from the main console. You can also download apps that let you use your smartphone to control the main console.

If you’re a gamer, you may want the latest video game console. Some people also prefer to get their hands on vintage consoles as a throwback to their youth. The newest consoles tend to be the most expensive immediately after launching. You’ll often see a price drop if you wait a few months before buying it.

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