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Old 09-23-2010, 11:04 PM   #2676
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So im multitabling on FT in my dorm room with my door open. Kid down the hall walks in. Then he starts trying to convince me how online poker is rigged. Then this happens:

Kid: What are the black boxes underneath the usernames?
Me: Thats my HUD, it tells me stats on the other players.
Kid: Does that come with the poker software?
Me: No, you have to buy it.

(20 second pause.....)

Kid: So you're cheating. right?
Me: Massive facepalm
That's actually not totally unreasonable...even some players consider using a HUD to be cheating (or at least an unfair advantage). I could completely understand how a noob would think of it as such.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:27 PM   #2677
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Grandparents were asking about stuff so I was trying to explain how sometimes you can make the right move and lose and gave an example of some hand I shoved flop with KK and guy calls with top pair and sucks out.

I mentioned something like "he took a really long time to call, so I was pretty sure I had the best hand". Their response - "he tricked you! He took a long time to call so you'd think his hand was weak and you fell for it."
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:20 PM   #2678
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mother: how's poker going? what's your bankroll now
me: xxxxxx€
mother: withdraw it all fast before they steal it.
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:26 PM   #2679
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Dad: how do you play so many tables?

Me: it's not as hard as it looks, plus I have a HUD which tells me how tight, aggressive, etc a player is.

Dad: oh so your not a true poker player?

Me: Huh?

Dad: well a true poker player would be able to read your opponents by reading their face not reading stats on a computer. I guess that's why you play online.

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Old 09-25-2010, 04:34 PM   #2680
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I shouldn't have to pay taxes if I play poker. (Your parents and siblings should have to pay taxes on their income, but not you? What makes you so special?)

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It just gets really old after a while.
who says this?
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:37 PM   #2681
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wow i cringed reading this. whoever posted this is the moron. let's say you have a friend that likes the sport cricket, and you're trying to have a conversation with them about it because you're curious you're going to ask some pretty dumb questions. there's no need to be a complete ***hole to them.
if youre cringing, you dont play poker for a living.
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:43 PM   #2682
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

almost everyone who has asked me all of the boring poker questions (what's the most you've made in a day?...) also ask this one particular question that really confuses me. and that question is "so do you play against the same players a lot?"

anyone else get this? confuses me, i dont know why theyre interested in this, nor what they are getting at. but tons of people have asked me this specific question.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:00 AM   #2683
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hey dying actors, they just wanna know if you are a bumhunter or if you can beat anybody out there.its quiet obv i think.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:24 AM   #2684
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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Dad: how do you play so many tables?

Me: it's not as hard as it looks, plus I have a HUD which tells me how tight, aggressive, etc a player is.

Dad: oh so your not a true poker player?

Me: Huh?

Dad: well a true poker player would be able to read your opponents by reading their face not reading stats on a computer. I guess that's why you play online.

Me: gfy I have a badge moron!
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:59 AM   #2685
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

mom: so how much yesterday?
me: oh just won 2 buyins;

another day

mom: so how much yesterday?
me: oh had a good day, 8 buyins.
mom: whoa, cool!

another day

mom: so, how much yesterday?
me: mh didn't go well, lost like 4 buyins
mom: WHAT? That's insane! WHOa you should have just quit at 2 ! you have to go with the flow. you have to feel it.
me: uh, yeah.. cool story mom.



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almost everyone who has asked me all of the boring poker questions (what's the most you've made in a day?...) also ask this one particular question that really confuses me. and that question is "so do you play against the same players a lot?"

anyone else get this? confuses me, i dont know why theyre interested in this, nor what they are getting at. but tons of people have asked me this specific question.
yeah i get this a lot too, they figure there are sooo many people playing online so they don't know just how big the player pool might be. not sure how the answer helps them though either

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Old 09-26-2010, 01:09 PM   #2686
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So im multitabling on FT in my dorm room with my door open. Kid down the hall walks in. Then he starts trying to convince me how online poker is rigged. Then this happens:

Kid: What are the black boxes underneath the usernames?
Me: Thats my HUD, it tells me stats on the other players.
Kid: Does that come with the poker software?
Me: No, you have to buy it.

(20 second pause.....)

Kid: So you're cheating. right?
Me: A HUD is a must in todays game
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:51 PM   #2687
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I didn't read the whole thread (lol) but here's an idea.

Person:"How much did you lose? [random lol gamblor stuff]"

you: (doesn't explain anything) "wait, I'll show you something interesting on the lnternet by chance"

then show this thread
person realizes that he has no idea

how's that?

edit: i can understand why they react like that tho. I'd react the same if I had no idea

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Old 09-26-2010, 07:48 PM   #2688
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I received a B on this paper and her only comments were as follows: "Watch out - what goes up, must go down" in response to my sentence. "Poker, which started off as a hobby, has now turned into a form of income over the last 2 years."
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:58 PM   #2689
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Just won a donkament for 4k, I was really happy so I told my roommate. He then proceeded to tell everyone on my floor.. sigh.. the next 3 days people either came to my door asking for money, or the "hey, if I give you $10, could you run it up to like $1000 for me? I mean it shouldn't take you too long!"
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:07 PM   #2690
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

The thing that consistently gets on my nerves is, despite the fact that it's widely regarded as being inappropriate to ask someone how much money they make, most people have absolutely no problem asking me how much money I make playing poker after I've told them that I do it for a living. And no, the fact that it annoys me has nothing to with me being embarrassed about my income. I make more than most people I know. It's just inappropriate. I have to choose between:

a) Answering their question and then feeling like a boastful ***hole

or

b) Refusing to answer their question, which will likely lead them to believe that I either don't make much money or none at all

Super.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:17 PM   #2691
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The thing that consistently gets on my nerves is, despite the fact that it's widely regarded as being inappropriate to ask someone how much money they make, most people have absolutely no problem asking me how much money I make playing poker after I've told them that I do it for a living. And no, the fact that it annoys me has nothing to with me being embarrassed about my income. I make more than most people I know. It's just inappropriate. I have to choose between:

a) Answering their question and then feeling like a boastful ***hole

or

b) Refusing to answer their question, which will likely lead them to believe that I either don't make much money or none at all

Super.
ya, i hate this too. i usually just say "i do well" and leave it at that. but im tempted to start saying how much i make and immediately asking them how much they make.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:32 PM   #2692
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ya, i hate this too. i usually just say "i do well" and leave it at that.
Yeah, I say this sometimes too. A lot of times they'll just respond with "well how much???" Then I say "you want a number?" in a tone which should suggest to them that they're asking an inappropriate Goddamn question, but of course they immediately say "yes", so then I just tell them.

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but im tempted to start saying how much i make and immediately asking them how much they make.
I'm tempted to do this as well. The next time someone who I'm comfortable enough with to not care if I piss them off a bit (friend from high school I haven't seen in awhile or something) asks me that question, I might try that out.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:07 PM   #2693
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Am I the only person who doesn't mind telling people how much I make?
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:24 AM   #2694
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I tell some of my good friends how much I make but it gets kind of annoying when they ask every few weeks...

also, i've gotten the 'online sucks you can't read their face' quote soo many times now.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:26 AM   #2695
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Am I the only person who doesn't mind telling people how much I make?
yes.

also, how much do you make?
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Old 09-28-2010, 03:01 PM   #2696
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who says this?
Tax issues are discussed in the Poker Legislation forum. All of the following are asked, by US players, on a regular basis:

Why do I have to pay taxes?
Do I have to pay taxes on my poker winnings?
What if I don't know how much I won?
What if I don't keep any records?
Will they find out if I don't declare my poker income?
I understand they can track what I do online, but it's OK if I don't tell them what I win in a casino, right?
Can I move to another country to avoid paying taxes? (Yes, that one actually comes up frequently.)

By the way, for US players that might not know, the answer to these questions is as follows:

ALL income is taxable, whether it's a paycheck, poker winings, the lottery, or cash income for a music gig. Even illegal income is taxable--the IRS doesn't care what you did, they just want their cut. If you doubt that, Google "Al Capone" and "tax evasion".

And no, leaving the country won't work, US citizens have to declare income earned in a foreign country.

All questions about this topic should go to the Poker Legislation forum, you will find tax threads there. Or you can PM me if you want.
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Old 09-28-2010, 03:56 PM   #2697
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almost everyone who has asked me all of the boring poker questions (what's the most you've made in a day?...) also ask this one particular question that really confuses me. and that question is "so do you play against the same players a lot?"

anyone else get this? confuses me, i dont know why theyre interested in this, nor what they are getting at. but tons of people have asked me this specific question.
I've had this and from what I can gather, they believe that if you're playing the same people "all the time" then those people are cheating, thus you're a fool for playing against a bunch of people who are cheating.



Also, my mother constantly sends me these random job postings every few days. "Oh look, there is this great office job that's paying $12/hour (lol), maybe you should apply?"
Then when she found out that my wife is pregnant, she said, "Well, I guess it's time to settle down and get a job."
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Old 09-28-2010, 03:57 PM   #2698
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I've gotten the whole "offer me money to play with and they get a share of the winnings" a few times for various petty amounts.

Like having 50 dollars gives them some kind of leverage over me.

I don't know what kind of response they expect, but I always just say "I already have 50 dollars."

But I think next time I'm going to say, "What a brilliant idea. With my poker expertise and your 50 dollars we'll be unstoppable!" then just stack it off in 1 hand of 200NL.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:01 PM   #2699
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Just buy a really good watch and let people make up their own mind.....
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:05 PM   #2700
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I've had this and from what I can gather, they believe that if you're playing the same people "all the time" then those people are cheating, thus you're a fool for playing against a bunch of people who are cheating.
weird. you really think thats why theyre asking? i never thought of this. guess it could be true.
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