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Old 12-06-2006, 05:09 PM   #351
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

Most people understand I'm balla when I pull a grand or more out of my pocket to buy drinks...
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Old 12-06-2006, 05:29 PM   #352
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One girl asked me what I would do with her if I were playing. She was hot and flirty. I told her that I would figure out her tendencies and start manipulating bet sizes to get all her money. I still don't completely regret my answer.


Boooooo. Start joking about wanting to get her into a game of strip poker - I mean jesus wtf are you thinking?

Edit: Looks like someone beat me to it.
FWIW, even though he did pass up a shot at getting some, i appreciate the humor in his response, and lol'd when i read it. nice work silver.
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:17 PM   #353
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i didn't tell my parents i palyed poker until i had made like 70k, and i still live in their basement lolol.
How old are you?
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:26 PM   #354
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Example of conversation:
Friends Mom: What time do you usually play?
Me: Sometimes in the day sometimes at night, whenever I feel like playing.
Friends mom: Wow, you have a feeling when to play? (With the a dumb look on her face like I am a degenerate.)
Me: Not a feeling of luck, just when I feel like playing.
Friends mom: Squints at me with a disgusted face.

Gawd,I felt like strangling her.
when do you strangle her? when you feel like strangling her!!!!! GOGOGOGOGOGOGO
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:51 PM   #355
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

I understand why most people feel the need to cover up, lie, or whatever, but it's really a lot easier when you just say, "yeah I do enough to get by for now." I have been around a lot of people who give seemingly modest answers but that lead people to ask more so that they can brag without seeming boastful. I find that 100x more annoying that people's curious questions about something they don't quite get.

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Old 12-06-2006, 06:54 PM   #356
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i didn't tell my parents i palyed poker until i had made like 70k, and i still live in their basement lolol.

I don't really get stupid questions that you guys seem to, obviously people are curious, but everyone i have told (and i do avoid telling people like the plague) has atleast pretending to be understanding and is just curious about how it works. I guess i don't talk to alot of dumb people which is nice.
How can you make 70k playing poker in your parents basement, without them ever knowing?
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:38 PM   #357
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Most people understand I'm balla when I pull a grand or more out of my pocket to buy drinks...
They must've been expensive drinks or you have a lot of friends. Either way --> balla!
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:12 PM   #358
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i didn't tell my parents i palyed poker until i had made like 70k, and i still live in their basement lolol.

I don't really get stupid questions that you guys seem to, obviously people are curious, but everyone i have told (and i do avoid telling people like the plague) has atleast pretending to be understanding and is just curious about how it works. I guess i don't talk to alot of dumb people which is nice.
How can you make 70k playing poker in your parents basement, without them ever knowing?
Maybe they thought we has playing a game on the computer? Or just don't give a crap about what he does in the basement.
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:41 PM   #359
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

I have three buddies as roomates...

I get one of them popping in my room every hour or two
"how you running"

or an AIM from on of them in the living room cause we have wireless saying "up $30".

me:"cool, down 4k in here"
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:10 PM   #360
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"Did you win?" I of course, made the mistake of telling him not only that I won, but how much I won, which resulted in "hey do you think I could learn how to play? I'm not a pro but I'm pretty good. " Maybe I should offer him HU for rolls?
Umm, it sounds like he just wants you to teach him how to play. Help the guy out.
He has watched me play a couple times which I wouldn't mind at all if he didn't constantly ask questions like "WOWZA YOU HAVE LIKE TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS ON THE TABLE, YOU COULD LOSE THAT ALL IN ONE HAND HUH?" which I of course, couldn't, because I was 9 tabling 1/2 NL and it's somewhat difficult to lose 10 buyins spread between 9 tables in 1 hand.
I've done it.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:50 PM   #361
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I have mixed feelings about telling people. Sometimes I tell people about my poker success and get mad respect. They look at me like I am some type of god, which is an awesome feeling, unfortuantely they also feel the need to tell me about the time they won 20 bucks in a home game, or lost with pocket aces which can be annoying. Very rarely will I get something like "but how much do you lose", I think its because I hang out with mostly intelligent people, but also becasue people generally assume I'm really smart. Overtime I have gotten less and less stupid remarks, probably because I have learned to gauge how someone is likely to react. If you think someone is going to give a stupid response don't tell them.

My parents have both become very accepting of my poker playing. My dad is very proud of me, my mom is just ok with it. The first time I came back from the casino (3 years ago) and told her I won 500 dollars she cried and said "my son is a gambling addict!". In her defence her first husband was a degenerate gambler and one time the mob or whoever he owed money to threatened to kill my mom if he didn't come up with $20,000. I won her over by buying her lots of stuff.

Another thing I've found is people have a lot of trouble understanding the variance involved. For those that are stupid, its best to pretend there is no such thing as variance. Speak about averages and hourly rates.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:54 PM   #362
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What negative experiences have you guys had when someone found out you play poker for a living and/or on the internet?
People always ask me, "Do you bluff a lot?" They think bluffing is like really sexy or something. I try to explain to them that bluffing in poker is so common that it's not really even a big deal. Anyway, I've always found that to be an annoying question.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:56 PM   #363
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i don't tell korean girls i gamble for a living

3 possible outcomes

1. they don't believe you

2. they hate gambling because of bad stereotype

3. they want you to buy them expensive [censored]

lose, lose, lose
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:40 PM   #364
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I've heard most of the responses given here already. With the most common ones being how much do you make? Or how do you do that? I think the most interesting response was some girl telling me how bad of a person I was for taking other peoples money, and they could be underage and blah blah blah, and how I'm just a waste in our society since I take their money and enable their gambling addictions. I said so everyone that sells liquor or cigarettes is a waste too?

Everyone always says oh, you play that holdem game? When am I gonna see you on tv? I'm like no I don't play holdem often, I play omaha.. and they have no clue.

I just don't like telling people I do it, because people are stupid. Most people think it's really easy and they could do it, love to see some of the monkeys try lol.

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Old 12-07-2006, 09:42 PM   #365
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i didn't tell my parents i palyed poker until i had made like 70k, and i still live in their basement lolol.

I don't really get stupid questions that you guys seem to, obviously people are curious, but everyone i have told (and i do avoid telling people like the plague) has atleast pretending to be understanding and is just curious about how it works. I guess i don't talk to alot of dumb people which is nice.
How can you make 70k playing poker in your parents basement, without them ever knowing?
yea, it's amazing his parents didn't see all them bills walking through the front door down to the basement everyday.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:15 AM   #366
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I was at a house party once....girl overheard I played poker for a living...I was like F ME another boring night of explaining how you can actually make money playing poker

BUT turns out she's from Las Vegas and her dad has been playing poker for a living for over 20 years ...we talk it up...get to know eachother..and that night I got a drunken bj ....best random hook up of my life
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LOL, its sick how often I get this.

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Old 02-05-2007, 11:26 AM   #367
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D: You sure they let you keep it? Why don't you just take all of your money out?
M: Of course they let me keep it. Besides, most of the money is in a sort of bank account (Neteller) which is very reliable. D: Are you sure? I wouldn't trust these guys. Be careful and if you start to lose tell me.

And so on...my folks don't have a clue about poker.
Looks to me like they are actually smart folks
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:39 PM   #368
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My folks made me supper happy when they totally understood almost every aspect of it when I explained it to them.
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?"
Does she have a magic 8ball?:-)
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:50 PM   #369
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

So I have to take an intro to prob and stats class for my major, and the professor described a dice game where your expected value was $40/roll.

She then said, you can not roll for and win 28.50, no matter what. You could play the game as much as you wanted. She then asked the class if you would play the game. About half the class said no. She asked one girl why she wouldn't play and she said, "I don't gamble"

I just sat in the back reading this thread and found it amusing
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:02 PM   #370
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People always want to learn how to do it too or the cliche... "Hey man, what if I give you $300 of my money for you to double it, can you do that?"
I get that one a lot...
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:32 PM   #371
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Most lay people think it's gambling, and even if they concede it's not, they don't think it's a living and they have zero respect for it. "So do you have a real job though?"

My worst experience was probably when a guy I went to college with was really looking to learn how to make money on his own, from his own home. I told him how successful I was, how I determine my own hours, work hard, etc. After telling him my lifestyle and all that I can do, he was extremely interested and visibly excited. Finally, I said poker, and he kind of giggled a bit, blew me off, and never talked to me again about anything money related.

So when people ask what I do, I now tell them any combo of:

*I'm an investor
*I own my own investment business
*I'm an entrapeneur
*I own a few businesses (I do have another one aside from poker)
*I own a business. (What do you do? What kind of business?) It's basically different forms of investing, basically making money into more money, similar to trading in the stock market.
*I work with a publishing company (2.2), testing the content of the theories they put out. If confirmed, they know they are teaching what is correct.
*I own a business...I basically sit at a desk all day.

FWIW, I consider all these legit explanations, just not detailed. There are few I'll delve into details with. I'm also hoping that my diamond business grows so that I don't even have to mention anything that relates to poker.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:48 PM   #372
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

I own a lawn business that I run in the summer and I don't plow in the winter because I don't want to and I can make way more playing poker.

So at the end of the year I have 70 customers asking..

so do you plow?

Me: no

them :well what do you do

Me: Vacation

just waaaay to many converstaion I had that consist of everthing you guys have written
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:59 PM   #373
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this is a great forum, I hate bringing it up now, its either can you make this money into this for me.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:00 PM   #374
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It also inclines them to tell bad beat stories and how poker is all luck. Then I refer either with yea its all luck or I say something wise ass like you just dont talk about when you win the other 95% of the time when they call with that hand. Your a fishy, thats why you talk about the bad beat.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:05 PM   #375
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my friends that ive told always try to scheme and get me to collude and [censored]. im like NO over and over. Just multi table stop trying to cheat, but they just dont get it.
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