Afer 5 years of playing online, and having encountered numerous ludicrous responses from mainly complete strangers, along with a few friends, i have finally decided to "stop telling people I play poker
I only commented in a thread on gambling, mainly about the Grand National, on a music forum, that i don't gamble at all now, but have played online poker successfully for several years.
I even offered advice for anybody who play's a little themselves......
" Yeah, but it's immoral.
For every penny you win there's some sucker gonna go without food tonight, some child gonna go without somebody spending their last penny in the vain hope of trying to re coup what they've already lost.
For every winner there's a helluva lot more losers.
Say nothing about the evil Mr William Hill types at the top of the chain.........****s.
Gambling is a sickening and disgusting business, luring desperate people in with a false sense of hope, the lottery included, and then taking their last pennies off them without a care in the world.
Do you have no scrupples?"
I then pointed out that the vast majority of people who casually partake in gambling are not "desperate people" and that he is making ill informed judgements on a subject (poker) he knows nothing about.....
" You make me sick with your pathetic defence of one of the filthiest schemes ever to grace the planet.You may as well defend other closely linked dirty businesses,like drug peddling and the sex trade
Pay taxes on your 'habit" do ya.
I've seen every second corner round where I live turned into a bookies, so the , 'occassionaly having a flutter,know what I'm doing man' can go and worship.
Virtually every punter to walk in or out of those churches have a few things in common.
They all reek of desperation and have a furtive if not blind moronic expreession on their brainwashed mugs, usually can o' cheap lager in hand.
Look in the mirror, recognise it.
Oh no, of course not, you're a winner, your the one who takes all their losses and calls it hard earned honest cash.
You make me sick to the point of despair."
"One professional online poker player, plus one professional online poker player= 2 ****s"