Originally Posted by zackryan28
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.