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Old 03-16-2009, 12:30 PM   #61
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I think of a "sport" as a game or contest involving skill and physical exertion.

Without the physical exertion, "sport" seems a stretch to me too. Golf doesn't involve much physical exertion - but it does involve some physical exertion. Therefore golf seems a "sport."

Where do we draw the line though? Is pool a sport? It seemed to not require physical exertion when I was younger, but now I get tired standing and after a while my nine ball or eight ball game deteriorates, to say nothing of straight pool.

And I find the stress involved in playing a poker tournament physically exhausting after a few hours of play.

Still, is poker a sport?? I'd say that's a real stretch.

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slightly off topic, but really? hitting a ball 300+ yards doesn't involve much physical exertion? Tiger benches 80+ kg, how many professional athletes can do that? (a lot obviously, but by no means all)

FWIW poker can't be called a sport IMO

anyway, I can't see the link to the original article, has it been removed?
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:01 PM   #62
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Its a great article with a lot of true, certainly poker has made me a better person....but maybe theres a little exaggeration on how much things you can learn, and then use it to real life. I canīt think of poker like a sport, Its a game and thats all, you need some skills (Impressive Skills BTW) but not physical effort....

Heres the article on a PDF: PokerIsGoodForYou
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:15 PM   #63
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What a good essay! I hadn't read that before. Dugg!

I think it is a bit long for non-poker players but all points are well argued.

One attribute of poker not mentioned was bankroll management. BR management has obvious analogs in real life.
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:39 PM   #64
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Poker, sadly, has been the ruination of many who are too weak to admit, or too ill-equipped to know that they're in too deep. Many have lost life savings, businesses, marriages, and a few have even commited suicide. Where's the beauty in that again?
Alcohol as been the downfall of many more. Does the existence of alcoholics mean that there is no beauty in an ancient scotch or $1000 bottle of wine?

Should we council all youths to become teetotalers because alcohol is the path to certain destruction?

I agree that profiting from another person's compulsion to gamble is not a good thing (note, the skilled player is not gambling -- only the compulsive player is) but life is filled with those sort of situations. Much of the profits in playing the stock market come not from true wealth being generated but from fleecing others (e.g. selling based on insider news before a stock price plummets). This does not have to be due to insider trading -- it can simply be that you are smarter in your analysis and recognize warning signs sooner.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:01 AM   #65
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Alcohol as been the downfall of many more. Does the existence of alcoholics mean that there is no beauty in an ancient scotch or $1000 bottle of wine?
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Should we council all youths to become teetotalers because alcohol is the path to certain destruction?
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:13 PM   #66
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lol comparing the stock market and poker as one of the same...actually quite true....you annalyze stock market just like your hands and make wagers, or buy stocks just as the same..
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:14 AM   #67
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Poker, good for you, lol...

Poker either wastes your time or consumes your life. Let's face it. You either play casual as a losing player, small waste of time, or spend 10+ hours a day full time to play at a winning/pro level. Either way it aint good for you besides providing an income, if you dedicate hundreds of hours to it and have the talent for it. Very few people are obsessed/dedicated enough to make a lot of money at it...like Boku.

I'm really becoming inclined to think that a lot of jobs might be better than grinding the **** out of poker all day long, having no life, to make your 40k a year, or worse go busto, or even worse, having no life X 2, eating sleeping and breathing poker, and therefore actually making good money at it...while frying the **** out of your shriveled, scarred, mind.

Poker is evil gambling.

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Old 03-18-2009, 12:43 AM   #68
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Poker, good for you, lol...

Poker either wastes your time or consumes your life. Let's face it. You either play casual as a losing player, small waste of time, or spend 10+ hours a day full time to play at a winning/pro level. Either way it aint good for you besides providing an income, if you dedicate hundreds of hours to it and have the talent for it. Very few people are obsessed/dedicated enough to make a lot of money at it...like Boku.

I'm really becoming inclined to think that a lot of jobs might be better than grinding the **** out of poker all day long, having no life, to make your 40k a year, or worse go busto, or even worse, having no life X 2, eating sleeping and breathing poker, and therefore actually making good money at it...while frying the **** out of your shriveled, scarred, mind.

Poker is evil gambling.
I have had a great variety of jobs--part-time, full-time, and temporary. I have had active and sedentary jobs, factory office and factory floor jobs, and I have worked all three shifts (sometimes in the same week). I am now a full-time poker player.

Every job has it's advantages and disadvantages, and that is of course true for poker as well.


Disadvantages:

You can work all day, or even all week, and lose money.

You are not treated fairly by the US income tax system--you are much more likely to have to prove that you are a "professional gambler" than if you are a a professional plumber or a professional musician.

A lot of people do not respect what you do. A lot more don't really understand it. Some will even assume that you have a "gambling problem."

It can mess up your social life and relationships. Try explaining to your wife/bf/gf/child/bff that the best games are on weekends, or that you need to grind for 60 hours that week to maintain your VIP level on PokerStars.


Advantages:

You have complete freedom to choose your own dress code, work hours, work rules, days off, and vacations.

You can work where you want--at your home, at a local tournament, at a casino, or anyplace that you can take your laptop and an air card.

As with a commissioned salesman, there is almost no limit to how much you can make. It depends only on how much talent you have, how hard you are willing to work, and how much attention you pay to details such as study time, table selection, bankroll management, and tilt control.

This is the first year that I have played full-time, as well as my first year multitabling, and I'm still learning a lot. I'm not making a ton of money yet, but I'm having fun, building a bankroll, and enjoying the flexibility. And I'll still be having fun a year or two from now, when I expect to be making more money playing poker than I ever made doing anything else.

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Old 03-18-2009, 12:46 AM   #69
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So basically you have no life and lie online, and to yourself, about how great it is/going to be eventually. Gotcha.

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Old 03-18-2009, 04:51 AM   #70
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Alcohol as been the downfall of many more. Does the existence of alcoholics mean that there is no beauty in an ancient scotch or $1000 bottle of wine?

Should we council all youths to become teetotalers because alcohol is the path to certain destruction?

I agree that profiting from another person's compulsion to gamble is not a good thing (note, the skilled player is not gambling -- only the compulsive player is) but life is filled with those sort of situations. Much of the profits in playing the stock market come not from true wealth being generated but from fleecing others (e.g. selling based on insider news before a stock price plummets). This does not have to be due to insider trading -- it can simply be that you are smarter in your analysis and recognize warning signs sooner.
Well, yes, that would be a good idea.

Of course, alcohol is not a certain path to destruction. But yes, I would counsel anyone not to even try it. There are of course many that drink alcohol in moderation. But it is clearly more dangerous than gambling or any other addiction that you can name, and in my opinion drinking alcohol is playing with fire.

I don't think you can overestimate the destruction done by alcohol. I had a job where I worked with addicts for 12 years. I saw every kind of addiction imaginable, from cocaine to alcohol to mushrooms to you-name-it. Nothing comes close to alcohol.

The best and most obvious example is the number of people killed or injured in accidents involving drunk drivers, but it goes deeper than that.

I was watching a TV show a few years ago, I think it was on the Discovery Channel. An emergency room doctor was asked what percentage of admissions had to do with alcohol, and without having to think about it, he said it was 50%.

The interviewer was taken aback, and asked if he was sure of that number. The doctor explained that many commonplace injuries that they see every day have to do with alcohol, for example, a man who came in with a broken arm, who it turns out broke his arm because he was drunk and fell down the stairs.

Not only is alcohol dangerous and destructive, but a huge percentage of medical costs, which effect all of us, are alcohol-related. I am 53 years old, have never consumed an alcoholic beverage, and don't know why anyone would ever want to.

I guess it must be fun to drink alcohol. It may also be fun to drive 100 miles per hour on your way to work. That doesn't make either a good idea.
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So basically you have no life and lie online, and to yourself, about how great it is/going to be eventually. Gotcha.
You know that I am lying? Congratulations on your ability to read minds, and to analyze my life while knowing almost nothing about it. With those skills, you could easily be a millionaire if you played poker full-time.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:38 AM   #72
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So basically you have no life and lie online, and to yourself, about how great it is/going to be eventually. Gotcha.
Man what a hate filled loser you are! Someones doing something that makes them happy and you spit on them....Truly sir you are beyond contempt and the world would be a better place if people like you were not in it.
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Man what a hate filled loser you are! Someones doing something that makes them happy and you spit on them....
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:01 PM   #74
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You know that I am lying? Congratulations on your ability to read minds, and to analyze my life while knowing almost nothing about it. With those skills, you could easily be a millionaire if you played poker full-time.
"You can work all day, or even all week, and lose money.

You are not treated fairly by the US income tax system--you are much more likely to have to prove that you are a "professional gambler" than if you are a a professional plumber or a professional musician.

A lot of people do not respect what you do. A lot more don't really understand it. Some will even assume that you have a "gambling problem."

It can mess up your social life and relationships. Try explaining to your wife/bf/gf/child/bff that the best games are on weekends, or that you need to grind for 60 hours that week to maintain your VIP level on PokerStars."
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:14 PM   #75
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"You can work all day, or even all week, and lose money.

You are not treated fairly by the US income tax system--you are much more likely to have to prove that you are a "professional gambler" than if you are a a professional plumber or a professional musician.

A lot of people do not respect what you do. A lot more don't really understand it. Some will even assume that you have a "gambling problem."

It can mess up your social life and relationships. Try explaining to your wife/bf/gf/child/bff that the best games are on weekends, or that you need to grind for 60 hours that week to maintain your VIP level on PokerStars."
Wow, is that really what I said? I would have sworn that I also mentioned the positive aspects of being a poker player.

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There has been a lot of sarcasm and hyperbole in this thread, but I need to ask you a serious question.

Your name on these forums is "soontobepro". Why did you choose this name, if you real feel as you state in this thread?

Indeed, if you feel this way about poker playing, why are you on these forums? If poker playing is such a waste of time, why are you even wasting your time particpating in these forums?

I would really like to know.
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