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Old 01-16-2012, 06:03 AM   #3091
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Re: Why I only tell people some people I play poker.

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Maybe I'm just really fortunate to have good, intelligent friends, but almost everybody I tell about my poker playing can understand how I am profitable with only 3-10 minutes of explanation (obviously some people have a better understanding of poker, whereas other people really need to have things like edges, variance, and "long-term profitability" explained). Granted, I pretty much only tell people I care about (people I'm going to see and hang out with on a regular basis), but I've never had anybody combat me on the fact that I can make a living it at (and I'm not baller either, with my $30-40 hourly ) The worst reaction I get is probably the upbeat, optimistic skepticism. "Hey, if it's working for you, I'm happy for you!" sort of thing.
I don't think the posts in this thread can be divided according to who has intelligent friends. Rather that it can be divided into who is socially competent or not and thus have socially competent friends. It's always nice to blame somebody else.

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Old 01-16-2012, 06:07 AM   #3092
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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For the next ten minutes, I'm stuck listening to how he won $40 at a home game once and that he prefers pocket twos to pocket aces.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:37 AM   #3093
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Woman makes final table of a 50-60 man tournament at the G.

"I reckon Poker is 5% skill and 95% luck."

This is why I don't talk to local players about poker.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:00 PM   #3094
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

yeah, "I reckon Poker is 5% skill and 95% luck."
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:25 PM   #3095
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Reckon? LOL.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:39 PM   #3096
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

reckon = think for those who dont know
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:14 PM   #3097
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ah wen bbv wasnt ****
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:58 AM   #3098
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Should we save this from the archives?
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:15 AM   #3099
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I guess you just did.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:35 PM   #3100
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

When someone hears "I play poker for a living"They think degenerate gambler if they aren't familiar with the game : /
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:16 PM   #3101
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When someone hears "I play poker for a living"They think degenerate gambler if they aren't familiar with the game : /
I agree.. This is an epic thread and the stories people tell on here all hit home for me.

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Old 02-28-2012, 05:44 AM   #3102
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

go to bar
get speech from guy who just learned the rules about how internet poker is nothing compared to bar poker. And how i need to learn about live poker.
Shrug it off, whatever, iv played more live poker than any of them combined. Just cause im primarily online doesn't mean i don't play live...

get told to double peoples money constantly.
Get told about bad beats, and how onlines rigged.
parents ask me how much im up, then ask for me to go buy them something. When im down apparently i need to quit.

Random fish who plays $5 mtts and keeps upto date on pokernews always acts like he knows more than me when he only plays freaken AA.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:12 AM   #3103
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Working a 9-5 poker dealer job after 2+ yrs playing full time. Zomg I have become the receptacle for bad beat stories, line checks, and approval. But mostly bad beat stories. #makeitstop
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:42 PM   #3104
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People always want to learn how to do it too or the cliche... "Hey man, what if I give you $300 of my money for you to double it, can you do that?"
colleague of mine actually gave me an envelope with 2k sayin' "I have full confidence in you"
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:01 PM   #3105
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Op speaks the truth, I was at a home game at his place back in 2005 and I had to ask other people why he had two large monitors. They answered its for poker
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