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Old 10-28-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table?

Do you tell people you play poker for a living? How do they usually respond?

There seems to be a stigma attached especially for people who don't know anything about poker. I've had to deal with scoffs or questionable looks when I tell people. People seem to look down on it or question it.

My main problem is when people ask what I do for a living while I am playing poker at a casino. People constantly ask me that while I'm playing and I find it annoying. While all the recreational players are there to have a good time and gamble, do I really want them to know that I am actually "working"... as in my occupation is to take their money? I don't want people I play poker with on a regular basis to know I play for a living. I feel inclined to make something up, like I work for a family business.

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Old 10-28-2011, 04:08 PM   #2
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

I just point at the table.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:15 PM   #3
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

me "im in the shipping industy"
them "what do you ship?"
me "it"
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:21 PM   #4
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

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Old 10-28-2011, 04:29 PM   #5
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:31 PM   #6
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

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This or anything that revolves around business. I own my own business consulting firm etc. No need for them to know.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:32 PM   #7
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:37 PM   #8
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Just tell them something else
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:41 PM   #9
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This or anything that revolves around business. I own my own business consulting firm etc. No need for them to know.
i think you missed the point of this
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:52 PM   #10
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:54 PM   #11
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:55 PM   #12
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

"I'm the manager of a fund re-allocations firm."
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:56 PM   #13
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"I have my own business"

And make something up everyday. Have fun with it
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:24 PM   #14
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

I just say Im unemployed.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:34 PM   #15
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Cannot ... stop ... giggling ...

Okay, seriously, I'm not a poker pro, but the ones I know usually just give some vague description of a generic SF Bay Area job and nobody asks follow-ups. "I'm a grad student" and "I just sold my software startup" are two that I've heard.

Ok, giggling again now ... god damn that was funny.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:38 PM   #16
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the funny part is, im actually serious. i told this to a guy once about 3 or 4 years ago. a few internet kids at the table started to chuckle and the guy just stared at me like i had a booger on my face
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:44 PM   #17
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

Well, I should mention that I play at a place where the player pool is small and it's a bunch of the same local regulars all the time. I feel bad about lying to them when they are making conversation especially because I see most of them several times a month. I don't want to come across as scumbag or a liar because I consider myself a decent person who just happens to play poker for a living... Sometimes I don't even mind telling the person who is asking that I am "on the job" but there's always 4 other people at the table eavesdropping.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:34 PM   #18
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

I'm unemployed and trying to see if I can make enough off of poker. Poker players understand that some people make money off the game. Hell, your mere existence encourages them to get better (and play more) so that one day they too can give pro poker a go. When you play higher stakes, it'll be even easier to tell people the truth. Doesn't hurt the game, doesn't hurt your action.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:43 PM   #19
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why on earth would you want to encourage people to get better?
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:43 PM   #20
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:05 PM   #21
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When I used to just play poker, I would tell people I was a stay at home mom.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:40 PM   #22
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

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That's a pretty personal question.

I appreciate your interest in me. But, if you're looking for a new boyfriend, I should let you know that I'm not gay.

I saw a couple of guys like you, whom who might be interested in, at that table over there.
That should take care of it.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:46 PM   #23
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Re: Poker Pros: What do you say when people ask you "What do you do for a living?" at the table

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Old 10-28-2011, 10:12 PM   #24
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Just tell them your a fisherman, and you catch Fish for a living
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:51 PM   #25
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I just say Im unemployed.
hello... self employed
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