Is there an active poker forum out there that isn't full of a.) maladjusted teenagers with gambling addictions or b.) sales pitches for overpriced coaching and training services or c.) a dinosaur from the 2000s poker bubble?
I'm looking for a place to talk about poker that isn't the 2+2 forums. It has become a bad 4chan clone and is utterly useless. The main competitor PokerStrategy, is inaccessible to me in the USA.
A few years ago, the 2+2 people decided that giving away poker strategy information for free was bad for their book publishing business
. So they slowly transitioned their Web forums into a clubhouse for maladjusted adolescents. Weeding through all the malevolence
for useful information is a huge irritant.
On the other hand, most of the forums spawned by the poker boomof 5-10 years ago seem to be dying out. The alternative I can find is the forums sponsored by training sites, which I do not trust. I'm not interested in watching badly-produced videos where some kid mumbles into a headset. Nor do I want to pay this same kid $250/hour to "coach" me at my game.
Is there an archipelago out there, free of childish drivel and not run by somebody who wants me to pay hundred, if not thousands, of dollars? Maybe a private one somewhere?