Originally Posted by AlanBostick
But however much we might like the people we meet at the table (hi, obi_wang!), we can never forget that they are out to get us, and we are out to get them. We need to spend time in the company of people who are not out to get us. ... This is in fact part of the appeal for poker to me: that there is a part of myself that, despite all evidence to the contrary, thinks that dog-eat-dog is the way of the world, and the poker table is comfortable because it is out in the open and we can be honest about our intentions.
"Out to get us" has more sinister connotations than is warranted for non-pros. I am "out to get you" in only the most nominal of senses. I think it'd be different if we played 200/400 with a 10-person player pool.
As for honesty about wanting to pwn your soul, I agree that's very refreshing.