Great post johnboy7541 and no I am not leveling. Finally some facts and good logic.
So I see your point, that Americans lose more than the rest of the world and we don't want this money to go out of the country but rather keep it for ourselves. I find nothing wrong with that.
You sited two sources. I would like to take a look at each:
most importantly: http://www.pokertableratings.com/top-countries
the U.S. loss rate was higher than many other countries and at -$8.03/100, it was higher than the world average at -$6.33/100.
To me this actually says the exact opposite of what you are saying. The US folks lose relative little compared to the rest of the world.
It is true that the US is richer than the average world and has the highest disposable income according to your wiki source.
I would also like to point you to here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...al)_per_capita
and here: http://www.financetwitter.com/2011/0...lionaires.html
The pokertablerating site does not distinguish between different levels. Naturally americans are gonna play higher than other countries. US folks are like 4 times as rich as Russians, prolly twice as rich as most Germans etc.
Take a look at Switzerland, these guys really have money and they are losing twice as much as Americans.
Germans are way poorer and gambling is very foreign. They are also very nitty in general and are not going to gamble as high on avg as Americans. A normal cell bill in Germany is like 50 Euro, where here it is 3 times that much. I am pretty sure though that the difference on the $/hand will come from them player lower limits.
It would be interested to look into that for sure.
Anyway i believe you can't just compare that $/hand you have to take into account that US folks are gonna play higher. Especially the folks that are used to play in casinos. They are gonna play their same 1/2 game online. I play lots live and have asked many folks about online, they all hated it (cuz they lost) and they all played 2/5 online as well (my main game).
Think about the 150M Tilt owed to US playes and only 300 to the ROW players. On average the US players play much higher thus will also lose more on avg.
That does not come from the fact that Americans are richer but also that they are used to gambling and using money to gamble a lot more than most EU countries.
So if you only want to play one game i.e. 50NL, yea then your NV pool is gonna be fine. However if you want a healthy poker eco-pyramid with many types of games and many levels than a large pool is essential and will help more players find a game they are comfortable with. That's why the large pools are so important. If you are a high stakes player its important that that swiss guy can play against you. If you like tournaments you need the masses to get you the fun price pools.
Why is the WSOP so awesome: because every day there are 3-4k players in the Rio. Compare that to you avg poker room feeling. Makes for a big difference.
go to Europe and play in these rooms with 2-4 tables and you get the same difference. And play on stars vs cake and its the same story.
So yes, I agree your 50nl game is gonna get harder with a larger player pool I think. But there are more games than that. I like to have a casino more than just 1/2 NL spread and i'd like online rooms with more choices. The bigger the pyramid the easier it is for recreational players to enter.
Yes it will be easier to dominate in a smaller world. It was always easy for me to beat everybody in computer games until I played online. So much is true but overall for the average player experience it will be better the bigger the player pool. And by the way that is true for the players, operators and government.
The overall economy is so important, especially since we are getting started. If there is no revenue there will be no incentive to grow the market. If there are no games no one can play it regularly.
I would love to play online still on merge or cake, but i can't. The pool is too small for me to grind like I would before. A player pool only for US players will always be too small, even when many states will be pooled.