Originally Posted by GrimeRat420
To the last few stories, that sucks but realistically anyone whos stupid enough to not get it after u explain it to them u wouldnt want a relationship with anyway id assume, im sure theyre ignorance manifests itself in other aspects of their life as well. If ur only talking to them to tap that, then dont tell the truth if their the straightlaced type if u think it could backfire. Bitches love money tho dont forget that. If your successful at poker and can show it i think most people will get it eventually. Most of my friends dont play poker and my family either, so i did have to go thru a phase where people questioned it and didnt get it. But when they see it consistently pay the bills eventually they realize its more than just gambling. Some people equate poker to gambling because they dont know any better, noone took the time to explain it to them from a strategical perspective. If u explain it properly, anyone with a fundamental understanding of math can get why poker is diff than other casino games. This thread is gold tho.
Well yes, if you the person you're talking to has an education in math or computer science or engineering that might work. I know a lot of engineers, and they get it.
But you would be surprised how little math some people understand. A LOT of people can't comprehend the idea of risk spread over a decent sample size, they don't want anything to do with even simple arithmetic, and they hope never to see a fraction again in their lives.
When I first started playing live, I took a poker book to read while I was waiting for a local tournament to start (I know enough now not to let anyone know I read poker books.) Often someone would ask to look at my book, and almost every person immediately handed it back to me if they saw any kind of chart, graph, or anything that looked like math.
People have no idea how to evaluate risk. The have no idea how risk and investment work together, and they are afraid of doing things that have much less chance of injuring them than driving to work. "I'm all in" is translated as "I could go broke."
The next time you meet some random person, try explaining why it's OK to draw to a flush if you're getting 5:1 on the river, and you'll usually get something like, "But you'll lose most of the time right?"