Originally Posted by Masq
Sounds paradoxical to me.
I believe there is a win-win once you understand the motivation behind why certain people play. Pros play to make money, pay their bills and build a bankroll so they can create a good quality of life. I think amateurs play because they want to have fun, get better, and maybe have dreams of getting lucky and winning big money.
I believe that once you identify the motives you can start to look closely at things that are in line with both groups motivation, as well as things that wouldn't be. For example:
Berating an amateur for making a bad play. That's not in line with anyone's vision. The amateur isn't going to enjoy that, which makes him less likely to return which means that hurts the pros vision, which is to make more money.
Conversely, an amateur sits down that no one has seen before. The pros at the table say hello, ask him what his name is, where he is from, what he does for a living, and make him feel included in the table banter. This creates a friendly environment where the new player feels comfortable, is more likely to have fun, which in turn means the pros will likely profit from that while this new player is in the learning curve phase of his poker playing.
Plenty of examples like this, but if we think about each one in terms of what works for everyone, that's an excellent starting point IMO.