The global financial meltdown has had an unexpected effect on the bankroll. The Aussie dollar has tumbled from nearly 1 US dollar down to under 70 cents in the space of about three months. This has increased the buying power of those dollars by nearly 50%, or AUD$1000. And I didn't even have to lift a finger. Of course the smart thing to do is probably to shift those USDs to AUDs, because I cannot imagine the Australian dollar dropping much further - it is surely massively undervalued right now. Of course, I wouldn't do that because that would put an end to the poker ride - at least for now.
I note that the dire Duplicate poker has folded, claiming to be a victim of the financial crisis. I almost considered depositing there for the ludicrously good kickback bonus. Luckily I didn't, but it got me to thinking - who is next? When major banks are dropping like flies, one has to wonder whether a few poker rooms have invested in the wrong places and will also become casualties of the meltdown. It's probably not a good time to have your whole bankroll in one place.