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Old 02-08-2008, 11:30 AM   #726
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Here, where i live the most common responses:
1. They look at you as if you have one big gambling problem.
2. Some of them play, and they are all winning players. Although they know no books, no poker online sites, ...
3. I give you 300$, can you double it?
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:59 AM   #727
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I get this one a lot.

As well as "Oh, do you count cards??"
that one is the best, imo.

it's tough explaining how counting cards doesn't really apply...
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:36 PM   #728
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Here is some advice on telling women and GF's.

Women LOVE money, so dont go avoiding the subject and especially avoid your winnings, thats nonsense. Start out with telling how much you win. for GF's, If you have tons of $$ on your bankroll, you can't honestly expect your GF to act like you are some poor student. You will have to give her some presents and stuff like that. Like buy her some jewel for $1k or something, or take her out to diner in the most fancy restourant in town. Make sure she knows you pay for it with your pokerwinnings, and she will definatly not wine again. She will probadly brag to all her friends about "yeah my BF bought me this, he makes tons of money every day! Just last week he made like $10k blablabla" This will also give you implied threesome odds
seriously WTF.. this is so wrong on so many levels
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:06 PM   #729
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I also NEVER tell any girls I am trying to pick up that I am a poker player, that's just suicide
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:15 PM   #730
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The other thing is when people are bragging about there $14/ hr office jobs where they sit in a cubicle all day punchining in numbers.
****, you just described my job perfectly, minus the bragging.

****.

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Edit: And by "just," I mean 5 months ago.

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Old 02-10-2008, 04:59 AM   #731
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That's funny...that's the exact same line my mom gives me.
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:05 AM   #732
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I also NEVER tell any girls I am trying to pick up that I am a poker player, that's just suicide
So you lie? Or what do you tell them?
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:16 AM   #733
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

My econ professor mentions online poker like every single class. I kind of want to figure out his sn and break him. What is the best way to approach this situation?
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:33 AM   #734
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I like the people who try to raise when blinds are like 250-500 in a home game and they raise to 550 and it's completely acceptable to the rest of the players
You forgot to mention that the big blind then will stare down the raiser for like 2 minutes before he folds.

I don't tell my father because I know that he will explain to me that the casinos first let you win, but then...
Of course, later that day he would brag to others "...more than we together..."
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:38 AM   #735
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I tell everyone I play poker! If they don't like it f*** 'em!


On a side note, I am currently the most hated player at the home games I play at! Drinking on poker winnings is awesome!
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:08 PM   #736
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"How much did you make last month?"

More than you make in a year...
Yeah this usually ends the conversation for better or worse. Not sure I am ready to adopt that response but I like it.

Here is what usually happens with me.

So Devin what are you doing these days?

oh **** here we go again... uh I play poker for a living.

U serious? Can you acually make money from it?

hmmm.. how should I answer this ******ed question... insert various smart ass responses of which I might add the above mentioned.
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:27 PM   #737
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

My girlfriend will have friends over to the house
(a true poker player has no friends)

anyways i'll be playing some cash games or a tournaments. already a bit uncomfortable that i look like the complete degen which i am and

one of the friends will usually ask
friend - "oh what are you doing?"
me - "Just playing some poker"
friend - "You play poker? Like for money?"

WHO THE F#%K PLAYS POKER FOR FREE? Honestly!

NO biTC# I'M 12 TABLING FREEROLLS!!????!!!
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:58 PM   #738
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WHO THE F#%K PLAYS POKER FOR FREE? Honestly!
A lot of people. It's called play money?
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:12 PM   #739
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straigth flush > nut boat > smaller boat > nut flush

It was so funny that in that movie they say multiple times about how poker is not about luck at all but a skill game blablabla, and then you see the most insane beats all over the entire movie, for example:

AA>KK on AKxxx board
JJ<AK on AKKJJ board (BUT BOND ONLY STACKED OFF THERE BECOUSE HE KNEW THE VILLAIN WAS BLUFFING! lol)
and they didnt get it in on the turn-lolz
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:15 PM   #740
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anyone see the My Name is Earl episode where he is in a GA meeting?

facilitator: Earl have you ever stopped to think you have a gambling prob?
Earl: No Im winning. When youre winning its not a problem. Thats like saying Michael Jordan has a basket ball problem, or Def Leapord has an awesomeness problem.


LOL awesomeness problem
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:57 PM   #741
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straigth flush > nut boat > smaller boat > nut flush

It was so funny that in that movie they say multiple times about how poker is not about luck at all but a skill game blablabla, and then you see the most insane beats all over the entire movie, for example:

AA>KK on AKxxx board
JJ<AK on AKKJJ board (BUT BOND ONLY STACKED OFF THERE BECOUSE HE KNEW THE VILLAIN WAS BLUFFING! lol)
IIRC they were like 1000BBs deep, so Bond is pretty awful to be stacking off in that spot. I think he bet/3bet/called, but he definitely should have flatcalled the raise instead of 3bet. While 3betting does allow villain to make a bluff 4bet, that's a pretty terrible board to be making a big bluff (and villain is supposed to be solid), and with only a one hand sample size, there's no way to tell if the tell was reliable.
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:02 PM   #742
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IIRC they were like 1000BBs deep, so Bond is pretty awful to be stacking off in that spot. I think he bet/3bet/called, but he definitely should have flatcalled the raise instead of 3bet. While 3betting does allow villain to make a bluff 4bet, that's a pretty terrible board to be making a big bluff (and villain is supposed to be solid), and with only a one hand sample size, there's no way to tell if the tell was reliable.
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:13 PM   #743
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**** didn't realize it was BBV
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:27 PM   #744
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I never tell people I play they look down on me for it.
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:43 PM   #745
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Awesome thread. I don't play for living but lately I have had these silly questions aswel. When I started winning some money I was bragging a lot and telling basicly everyone I play poker. It was cool to tell people I had made $1000 without putting any own money on it. However nowadays it's pretty annoying becouse people just keep asking "how much you made yesterday?" etc and these numbers sound pretty big for them although I only play SSNL (obv they don't understand variance).

For example my dad kept asking "how big bankroll you have now?" like every day and one day I was pissed off and told him "it doesn't matter how much I have right now, I am a winning player and the long term results are only important". Obviously he didn't understand that and said "Why are you so angry, you have lost today, right? You really should withdraw the money before you lose it all." and I was just like "yeah sure".

I have learned to keep my mouth shut now and thank god I don't play for living so it's a lot easier for me to dodge these stupid questions becouse I don't need to make any lies when people ask what I do for living.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:13 PM   #746
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I tell everyone I play poker! If they don't like it f*** 'em!


On a side note, I am currently the most hated player at the home games I play at! Drinking on poker winnings is awesome!
This is what I do too, Ive noticed that with women though Its a horrible move. I think Im gonna start lying to them, anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:15 PM   #747
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anyone see the My Name is Earl episode where he is in a GA meeting?

facilitator: Earl have you ever stopped to think you have a gambling prob?
Earl: No Im winning. When youre winning its not a problem. Thats like saying Michael Jordan has a basket ball problem, or Def Leapord has an awesomeness problem.


LOL awesomeness problem
LOL I remember this episode, so awesome
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:36 PM   #748
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I'm always afraid to meet someone who'll be like "My dad lost his life savings playing online poker."

"Uh...my bad?"

How did you really handle that?
so so true
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:41 PM   #749
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

Haven't had any problem with family. I find that if you describe e.g. NL100 as "the dollar game" it makes it sound even smaller than it is. Random people I've met due to lugging around a poker book have been cool too. Usually don't ask much; and they aren't clueless since they play themselves or have someone close who does.

Only little trouble I've had is with one friend who called me just as I was finishing a session and wanted to know how much I won. $26. That got him started on how he needed to give me lessons so I could make more. He's real good because he can beat the Neopets poker game online.
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Old 02-11-2008, 02:01 AM   #750
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Friend : So, how much do you have now?

Me : About 12k

Friend : wow you're stupid, you should def withdraw 10k and work it back up to 12k

Me : $#@%@#$ %@$#@%
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