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Old 02-15-2010, 02:41 AM   #26
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Re: The opportunity cost conundrum

If you are really doubting about going out at friday for 40% more then your hourly or staying grinding, your nights are not so fun so just grind and wait for a better moment.

Maybe the weekend question should be, for how many % more you stay playing?
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:44 PM   #27
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only read the first paragraph but how is your life so unbalanced that you cant spare 2 hrs a day to do basic ****.

ur not some idiot 3 million hand breakeven rakeback pro are u?
Quite the contrary, I'm 24 years old, work a 55-60 hour a week full time job, and play poker probably 30-40 hours a month to pick up some spare income on the side (~20K hands a month). Started as an attempt to make a little money to put towards rent in my free time, but as I've moved up through the ranks I've found myself in a spot where I'm able to earn $150/hr (+/- $50 or so).

I still have what I would call a nicely balanced life. I go out drinking once or twice a week, spend quality time with the gf, and still spend plenty of time hanging with friends. It's moreso that during the week when I get off work, I'm finding it tougher to motivate myself to spend an hour at the gym or playing guitar because I look at the tables and go "oh man, I'm probably expected to make $200 if I sit down and play for an hour instead".

I think a big part of this is that I feel like I've stumbled onto a loophole in life, being able to make this kind of money at this age, and I worry that at some point this loophole could go away. I hope that poker is around and profitable for many years to come, but there's a part of me that says "hey, if online poker went away in 12 months, won't I have wished I had played more and taken advantage of it, really earning as much as I can in my spare time so I can use that income to do a bunch of sweet stuff? Definitely agree that poker is a way to enable me to do more in my non-poker life, but I'm struggling with the trade off of playing 20K hands a month, or playing 10K hands a month but playing a bunch more guitar and making it to the gym 4 nights a week.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:19 PM   #28
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Re: The opportunity cost conundrum

You have a full time job op, poker is your hobby right now, not your job. I think it's pretty impressive you're even playing 30-40 hours a month with a 55 hour job and a gf. Sounds like your life is pretty well put together, just do what you enjoy doing, you don't have to make it a set amount of hands like 20k or 10k a month. Just aim for anywhere in between, and if you're having trouble motivating yourself going to the gym, just set 2-3 days every week that you'll always go to the gym or always go before certain workdays, something like that.

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Old 02-15-2010, 09:21 PM   #29
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Just sounds to me like you haven't grown to hate poker yet. Once you do, you'll enjoy going to the gym and playing the guitar more than ever!

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Old 02-15-2010, 09:30 PM   #30
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:15 AM   #31
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Quite the contrary, I'm 24 years old, work a 55-60 hour a week full time job, and play poker probably 30-40 hours a month to pick up some spare income on the side (~20K hands a month). Started as an attempt to make a little money to put towards rent in my free time, but as I've moved up through the ranks I've found myself in a spot where I'm able to earn $150/hr (+/- $50 or so).

I still have what I would call a nicely balanced life. I go out drinking once or twice a week, spend quality time with the gf, and still spend plenty of time hanging with friends. It's moreso that during the week when I get off work, I'm finding it tougher to motivate myself to spend an hour at the gym or playing guitar because I look at the tables and go "oh man, I'm probably expected to make $200 if I sit down and play for an hour instead".

I think a big part of this is that I feel like I've stumbled onto a loophole in life, being able to make this kind of money at this age, and I worry that at some point this loophole could go away. I hope that poker is around and profitable for many years to come, but there's a part of me that says "hey, if online poker went away in 12 months, won't I have wished I had played more and taken advantage of it, really earning as much as I can in my spare time so I can use that income to do a bunch of sweet stuff? Definitely agree that poker is a way to enable me to do more in my non-poker life, but I'm struggling with the trade off of playing 20K hands a month, or playing 10K hands a month but playing a bunch more guitar and making it to the gym 4 nights a week.
oh my bad then. didnt know you worked. thought u only played poker.

ya it's tough then if u are working + playin lots of poker.
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