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Old 06-11-2018, 10:43 PM   #1
nightmaretilt
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WHY POKER?

As all of you know poker is a very unique game, with a very unique mix of qualities that makes it different.

If anyone will share: what is it about this game that drew you to it? Of all the infinite possible activities in life, why did you choose poker? Im assuming most of you are serious about poker since your on this forum.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:38 AM   #2
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Re: WHY POKER?

Way to make money without kissing up to people. That's 50% of the motivation for me.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:39 PM   #3
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Re: WHY POKER?

way to make a play where you have a 50% + chance of winning the pot by clicking buttons or pushing your chips into the pot in a live game.
also a chance to get it in when your 50% or lower in certain spots.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:26 PM   #4
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Re: WHY POKER?

As weird as it sounds: It's a way to find out if you can outsmart others without actually hurting them in a game where everyone tries their best (yes, there are plenty other games like that where no money's on the line - and I play those too - but that mostly means people will either not try their best or the number of players you can pit yourself against on short notice will be very limited)

And no: I do not consider taking someone else's money as hurting them because I'm not trying to cheat them out of it (as I would consider it if I were to try and sell them some product or service that is not worth as much as I'm asking). They put the money up themselves and have a fair chance of taking mine within a fair set of rules.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:24 PM   #5
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Re: WHY POKER?

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Way to make money without kissing up to people. That's 50% of the motivation for me.
For me, it's ~100% of the motivation. Online poker is a salvation for socially underskilled folks, as well as an excuse for never developing social skills
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Old 06-19-2018, 02:55 PM   #6
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Re: WHY POKER?

Freedom if you're successful
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:41 PM   #7
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Re: WHY POKER?

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For me, it's ~100% of the motivation. Online poker is a salvation for socially underskilled folks, as well as an excuse for never developing social skills
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:03 PM   #8
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Re: WHY POKER?

I readily acknowledge that I got my start post-boom playing bar league poker...owner needed butts in the seats and promised me beer. I discovered I had some abilities and was playing cash within six months and doing well. So...at the most basic level, beer then money.

More than 11 years later, there isn't as much beer involved, but the money is still there. Final tables are fun.

Don't play online and never really played online much pre-BlackFriday. The social component of the game is important to me. It is actually why I think I enjoy the Seniors events more than the regular fields.
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:18 PM   #9
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Re: WHY POKER?

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The social component of the game is important to me. I think I enjoy the
Poker is a game, gambling, entertainment, socializing.poker is everything.
Sure, making money is a big motivation and, those few who are able to make money at it, sometimes become arrogant, conceited, forget these things, but let's be honest, how many of us actually make enough money from poker to not have to have another job.
We sometimes make fun of others players that seem like losers to us, calling them fish, donkeys, I do this sometimes too, but it's wrong.
I've played about 90hrs so far this year and I'm up around 200 bucks.
Sure, if you factor in gas, food, I'm in the red, a loser in the eyes of more successful players. But, I go to the casino every weekend and enjoy my self without gambling away the mortgage. I'm going to Vegas i September without the fear of gambling away the mortgage. I don't know the meaning of the word boredom. Most of my friends and relatives envy me, think I'm some kind of high roller. And, there are thousands and thousands of poker players, who some may look at as donkeys, like me.

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Old 07-11-2018, 01:42 PM   #10
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Re: WHY POKER?

I have been developing "systems" to break games, generaly gambling ones. Trying to put the 51% on my side. Sports, casinos, lotery. I hate gambling, only played this things with the idea of breaking them. Then some day I discovered poker, late in life.
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