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Old 11-03-2011, 06:12 PM   #3051
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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So all you people who don't say you play poker for a living, what do you say you do?

You bum around or make some bull**** "I'm an investor" sort of statement?
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:14 PM   #3052
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So all you people who don't say you play poker for a living, what do you say you do?

You bum around or make some bull**** "I'm an investor" sort of statement?
At the poker table ya pretty much or something along the lines of investing. In other settings i just tell the truth and hope that i get to post the response in this thread.
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:35 AM   #3053
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I don't understand why people get so upset with people asking "dumb" questions. Ofcourse it might sting a bit to be seen as a degen by some people. If they do, try to explain, if they act like rocks who don't want to understand in any way, then cut the conversation and continue doing your thing.

I'm not playing pro or anything but I make ok pocketmoney playing. My dad had been an gambling addict for years and looks up to my disciplined thinking related to poker and has always been supportive and never says things like "you have to quit, you know what happened to me". I immediately explained to him my thinking and how it works when he watched me play poker, and he understands as far as i know. I'm glad he's not as addicted he was before. And he doesnt want to deposit any money what so ever.

Mom mom on the other hand had problems understanding and thought i was just another degen. She didn't want to understand at first, and I was ok with it, just said that I play for sums I afford to loose and witch wont affect my mood in a major way. Not long ago I showed her some graphs and tried to explain everything in a easy way, and she is now surprisingly supportive and asks how it's going and so on, if I'm losing she's like "ok, that's sad, but It'll turn around".

If you really want someone to understand, give em time, don't push them to understand. If they really want to understand they will come to you and ask how it works, then you explain it to them.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:45 PM   #3054
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

When I tell people I play poker they say " So you're unemployed?".
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:09 PM   #3055
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When I tell people I play poker they say " So you're unemployed?".
Acutally, if you're in the US, you sort of are. If you quit a "regular" job and become self-employed, you would be considered under US employment statistics as no longer looking for work.

Of course, the IRS doesn't care whether or not you have a regular job. Whether you're a CEO, a poker player, a chimney sweep, or a criminal, the IRS wants their cut.

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Old 01-01-2012, 03:49 AM   #3056
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:09 AM   #3057
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Yeah its pointless telling people about poker. It's like trying to explain to a dog how a t.v works, they just don't get it. They also give you that tilted head confused look like a dog does.
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:35 AM   #3058
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

mom called asking why i got a 9.3k bankwire from some guy in canada she's never heard of. told her i put $20 on a poker site, she just says we need to talk about your finances when you get home.

sigh even when i consistently win they treat it like its a bad thing
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:02 PM   #3059
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mom called asking why i got a 9.3k bankwire from some guy in canada she's never heard of. told her i put $20 on a poker site, she just says we need to talk about your finances when you get home.

sigh even when i consistently win they treat it like its a bad thing
Know this feeling... although i'm not a winning player. Barely break even




I will be 1 day soon!!
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:35 PM   #3060
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among the reasons cited for my ex-girlfriend leaving me was poker. she did not care that I was a winning player because: "gambling is gross and low-class"

finally met her new boyfriend this weekend, got to talking to him and apparently he lost the 10k his parents gave him for graduating college in three months short selling on the stock market. He works for a real estate flipper.

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Stock market and poker, one and the same? Hmmmmmmmm
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:09 PM   #3061
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:38 AM   #3062
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Sick how people dont know about poker....

w/e, couple statement I keep hearing when i tell people I play poker to pay my studies: --) Most are girls off course.. or 40-50+


- Hey, you got a job?
- Sort of
- why sort of? what do you do
- investements
- how
- I play poker and pay my studies with it, trips too..appartment..
- okay I see... so you have gambling problems?

*******************************************

- Heyy! I heard you play online?
- Yeah..
- You waste your time.. online poker is rigged, I keep losing Aces vs 34o!
- Thats just variance..
- what is variance?

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- Hi son, How are things going?
- good!
- and did you make money with poker last night?
- Hummm oO0( Should I tell him I lost 600.... ) Well not really, I lost 300
- OMG! I TOLD YOU! you will lose everything!! I should stop helping you paying your university.. you waste everything on poker...
- but....i'm up for the month!
- Yeah.. and in a couple days you will come and ask me for money...
- **** it...

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- (cute girl) .. and whats your job?
- I'm a poker player
- Thats not a job..
- Not a career maybe, but it can be a job if you really win a it..
- You should get a real job..
- and what should be yours?
- I work at wall-mart

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- So you make money from poker?
- yeah sort of..
- If I give you 5000 and you dont pay me back anything if you lose some, can we get a deal ?
- Idk.. Maybe.. what sort of deal?
- lets say I take 90%, you keep 10%!
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:34 AM   #3063
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

During a tournament break in a recent charity room $30 donkament, one of the younger players was asked by a nonplaying friend how much he made playing these tournaments. He proudly said, Well, I figured out it and I'm making about minimum wage."

The friend looked at him strangely, and the player said, "Hey, it keeps me from having to work at McDonalds."

It's hard to argue with that.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:35 AM   #3064
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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Sick how people dont know about poker....

w/e, couple statement I keep hearing when i tell people I play poker to pay my studies:

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No offense, but it doesn't sound like you actually "pay" for your own studies, maybe a small part at most.

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- Hi son, How are things going?
- good!
- and did you make money with poker last night?
- Hummm oO0( Should I tell him I lost 600.... ) Well not really, I lost 300
- OMG! I TOLD YOU! you will lose everything!! I should stop helping you paying your university.. you waste everything on poker...
- but....i'm up for the month!
- Yeah.. and in a couple days you will come and ask me for money...
- **** it...
Obviously your pop/mom paid for your tuition...and obviously you had history of asking them for money.

/brag failed.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:40 PM   #3065
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Telling people you play poker for a living is a lose-lose situation. Even worse than the GTFO look from girls, is when you get the "I love poker too" answer from guys. They will tell you endless stories about poker. Boring, same **** bad beats donkaments stories that bore you do death. Do not do it. Simple as that. Make up a story, or tell them your studying =)
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #3066
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Did ya really track me?...mean boy :P

up 4k 2011 in mtt , up 1.5k on poker tracker on nlhu50 (ptr says i'm up 60$ too..hahahah)
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No offense, but it doesn't sound like you actually "pay" for your own studies, maybe a small part at most.


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Old 01-02-2012, 08:35 PM   #3067
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Ugh, this is going to sound so stupid but....

degen = degenerate??!? I always just thought it was 2p2er Degen's last name or something. I can't believe I actually just looked up degen at dictionary.com, then sat there confused for a minute before I figured it all out. woo!

Also I have this same problem, for some reason I only talk about my losses if at all so I keep getting questions like "so you think you're up overall?". ugh.
I simply do NOT believe that you have 20k+ posts on 2p2 and didnt know what degen was.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:12 AM   #3068
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randoms=no chance forget it
parents/close friends= if they dont understand u´re doing it wrong and should probaly look for a real job!
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:21 AM   #3069
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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- So you make money from poker?
- yeah sort of..
- If I give you 5000 and you dont pay me back anything if you lose some, can we get a deal ?
- Idk.. Maybe.. what sort of deal?
- lets say I take 90%, you keep 10%!
Insta make the deal obv. Play some 5KPLO
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:54 AM   #3070
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You're the one in a million...

My mom: "You won today? Withdraw it. Now. Before the government bans online poker and they keep your money so you can't take it out. What's to stop them from doing that?"
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:17 AM   #3071
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I simply do NOT believe that you have 20k+ posts on 2p2 and didnt know what degen was.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:25 AM   #3072
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

The guys I used to work with would ask the same 2 questions, everyday.
1) so did you win last night? That was always followed by. So lunch is on you then? They could never understand that money wasn't spending money, nor did they ever offer to buy me lunch if I said I lost.

The most stupid person I have ever spoke to is an old guy in a cafe. he was talking to the owner of the cafe, who I also know, about playing cards when he was younger. He was saying how he used to travel around England, playing in pool halls. I butted in, telling him I play online. He then went into a rant about how it's not real poker and that's it's really bad for the game. I then tried to explain the 'moneymaker' effect and how it was really amazing for the game. He then just blanked me and started talking about roulette. So I said I had seen the number 13, 12 times in a row at a casino. Just stood up, called me a lair and walked out. Still blanks me to this day.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:39 AM   #3073
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So I said I had seen the number 13, 12 times in a row at a casino. Just stood up, called me a lair and walked out. Still blanks me to this day.
Yeh, but... You are. Unless that was some kind of weird roulette joke. 1/37 ^ 11 is about one in 100 quintillion. That isn't quite how the odds actually work (should be 1 minus 36/37 to the power of 11 I think?) but it's basically never happening.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:28 AM   #3074
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It's no joke, they changed dealer early and then closed table at 12 th go. It was in old PH LV. Had
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:01 AM   #3075
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So we have three possibilities:

1) Something 1/1*10^17 happened
2) You saw a rigged roulette wheel
3) A guy on the internet is making stuff up

I'm pretty happy to settle on 3) as most likely occurence. Don't get me wrong, I think 80% of the posts in this thread are stupid. It's just that yours was stupid in a new way.
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