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Old 02-11-2008, 02:06 AM   #751
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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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?
"I'm self employed"
"Oh really, what sort of work is it?"
"Computer stuff, maths and statistics based stuff"
"Cool"

Honestly, how hard is it to be vague about what you do?

Off the top of my head some phrases to use:
"I do cost/benefit analysis of different financial investments" (i.e. calling with JJ, raising with AK, etc.)
"I am a number cruncher for speculative investments, it's a bit like stock market analysis, but more complicated"
"It's just a boring desk job crunching numbers, I'd rather talk about you baby"

You could also lie:
"Yeah I have a trust fund so I just bum around playing online poker"
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Old 02-11-2008, 02:17 AM   #752
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i tell ppl i am an online gaming investor
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:35 AM   #753
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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 : $#@%@#$ %@$#@%
OMFG. I had a friend tell me that one minus the stupid part. He even used to play alot of 1/2 PLO8 a few years back..He was like you should withdraw all of it but 100 and start over again so you can prove you're a good poker player..


Why the **** would I want to do that you idiot!?!?!?! (This was when my br was mid 4 figures..more now obv.)
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:17 PM   #754
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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 thats hilarious. Cant wait till someone asks me that question so I can come out with that.


The most annoying gambling related topic of conversation for me is when people try to convince me that you can beat roulette by doubling the bet each time

Donk: "Yea but youd never lose ten times in a row. Think how unlikely that is."
Me: *Kapow*

I swear I have this conversation like once a month. Tilts the hell out of me.
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:21 PM   #755
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The most annoying gambling related topic of conversation for me is when people try to convince me that you can beat roulette by doubling the bet each time

Donk: "Yea but youd never lose ten times in a row. Think how unlikely that is."
Me: *Kapow*

I swear I have this conversation like once a month. Tilts the hell out of me.
Try replying "you have a 10% chance of losing 10 times in a row (if they say 20 times, 5% chance etc.) so don't risk a 10% chance for a dollar, man!"
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:30 PM   #756
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Try replying "you have a 10% chance of losing 10 times in a row (if they say 20 times, 5% chance etc.) so don't risk a 10% chance for a dollar, man!"
0.1% chance of losing 10 flips no? omg here we go again...
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:31 PM   #757
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lol people can be ******s
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:44 PM   #758
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

my dad started randomly watching me when I was deep in an mtt on stars.

of course i ship it for like $4k then he's like "withdraw it all NOW"..

so he watches me go to my account etc and then sees I have $9k in and he's like WTF.

Ermm Dad.. I'm on a year out from Uni, don't work, yet go out every weekend and have bought new clothes, kitted out my room with a PS3 new flatscreen etc and you haven't figured out I've been making decent money.

Then I get my ***** step mom when she sees me playing "oh playing poker again are you" in a tone like i'm a ****ing scumbag. "your a gambling addict" etc, "you can't go a day without gambling"

**** YOU.
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:54 PM   #759
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i have to go to therapy for my immigration case once a week and i told my therapist that i play poker every now and then and im almost certain she thinks im a GA candidate. she tries to ask me about this everytime. shes very nice but its just so difficult telling people about poker who dont regularly play poker. i can discuss my wins/losses with other regular players but when its discussed with family or people who dont play it makes me want to unload my .45 at the end of the conversation.
Obviously you don't need a therapist. Stop going.
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Old 02-11-2008, 05:42 PM   #760
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I absolutely hate talking poker now. I played in a game for 3 years at highschool about once a week, and we always used to talk poker. Of course none of us knew how to play, or were really into it. Now people who I once thought were "at the top of that group" just annoy me with there ignorance of the game.

It really is an uncomfortable spot to see that you're not going to convince someone they're wrong about something.
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:19 PM   #761
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I hate when people think poker is blackjack and are like "do you count cards!?!?" (this has probably been mentioned many times already in this thread).
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:26 PM   #762
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My biggest pet peeve, when I'm not in a super ecstatic happy mood, friends who know I play always have to ask, what happened? DID YOU LOSE TODAY? YOU SHOULD CASH OUT IT WILL ALL BE OVER SOON!
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:35 PM   #763
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Is there any other human activity that has a greater difference between "layman" understanding and "expert" understanding?

For example, while I'm no expert footy player, I understand the principles (move the ball quickly, highly skilled passing, tackling, etc.) obviously less well than a superstar. However, ordinary expectations and understanding of poker ("but how much did you lose?" "cash out before you lose it all" "do you count cards?") is so incredibly different to "our" understanding of poker.
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:47 PM   #764
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I just annoy the hell out of all my friends by saying "Its just change" whenever we play a home game or I have a bet etc.

Or my favourite thing is to relate the cost of everything to how many big blinds it is for me "Pfft just buy it its only 5 big blinds"
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:02 PM   #765
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I just annoy the hell out of all my friends by saying "Its just change" whenever we play a home game or I have a bet etc.

Or my favourite thing is to relate the cost of everything to how many big blinds it is for me "Pfft just buy it its only 5 big blinds"
lol.......
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:00 PM   #766
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Or my favourite thing is to relate the cost of everything to how many big blinds it is for me "Pfft just buy it its only 5 big blinds"
I am going to use this from now on
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:14 PM   #767
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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I just annoy the hell out of all my friends by saying "Its just change" whenever we play a home game or I have a bet etc.

Or my favourite thing is to relate the cost of everything to how many big blinds it is for me "Pfft just buy it its only 5 big blinds"
legendary
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:24 PM   #768
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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I just annoy the hell out of all my friends by saying "Its just change" whenever we play a home game or I have a bet etc.

Or my favourite thing is to relate the cost of everything to how many big blinds it is for me "Pfft just buy it its only 5 big blinds"
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:27 PM   #769
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A++. The chick that seems to understand poker somewhat adds an extra + imo.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:49 AM   #770
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The plusev comics are so good.
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Old 02-12-2008, 01:52 AM   #771
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The plusev comics are so good.
ya I havent followed them for a while but there was a period Id read all of them,
A+ imo
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:07 AM   #772
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The plusev comics are so good.
Mine are better!!!!!!!!!!!!

in my opinion
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:08 AM   #773
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Awesome
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:18 PM   #774
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I just annoy the hell out of all my friends by saying "Its just change" whenever we play a home game or I have a bet etc.

Or my favourite thing is to relate the cost of everything to how many big blinds it is for me "Pfft just buy it its only 5 big blinds"
gf claims i did that once when taking a cab home from a party (dont remember myself, blackout drunk), "pshhhh, the bill is like 2BB, lawl, lets drive around some more just for laughs".
neither she nor the cabdriver were particularly impressed.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:34 PM   #775
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you guys friends suck. Seriously. i never had the 'i give u x amount and u double it' or 'but how much did you lose' comments. Get some better ***** friends, and dont hang around with ******s.
a lot of this isn't from telling friends, but from making the mistake of telling other ppl
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