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Old 02-14-2008, 01:43 AM   #776
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

^^^^^
the other people is where it can become odd and awkard
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:19 AM   #777
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

"this is playmoney aight?"
- no

[x] lost "best" friend, because of poker.

he had to take a 2nd job to buy a camera, - i bought it by fpp
he had to wait till xmas for his mother get him an ipod, - i bought it by fpp
he bought a 32" LCD and were like "haha" - i bought a fitty the other day..

i bought a new car... he cannot afford it. great success.

i fvckin told him to focus on his achievements & the way he did it - he wasnt even listenin (i really had respect for his engagement and stuff).
we went out from time to time and i payed nearly everything and wanted to(!)... until he said: well you have to pay it, it's just fair blabla..

his jealousy turned into hate.

i broke up.

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Old 02-14-2008, 04:06 AM   #778
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Just be sure to tell people that you dropped 2k yesterday or whatever if they ask you about it. I had an IM Bball game on Sunday at 10:15, but went deep in the Sunday Million and eventually lost 20k in equity when KK<AQ ai pre. The next day one of my good friends asked me what I won (he knew I played poker and thats why I wasn't there since my roommate told him I was playing) and I told him I lost 20k. Since he's not a dumbass and is an econ major it was pretty easy to explain that the equity mattered as much as if I lost a $20k pot.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:24 AM   #779
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so you cashed calleddownlight? what ya get
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:34 PM   #780
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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.
I had this at work once (and I work for a poker company) - some guy was explaining his roulette betting system, I have to turn away from PC to talk to him, I type to someone on MSN "hang on a minute, someone's explaining their roulette system to me".

Turn back a minute later, guy follows my gaze, reply on MSN was "lol, what an idiot". Whoops.

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Old 02-14-2008, 01:51 PM   #781
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

My dad who knows I am playing poker was using an analogy to some rpg he's playing. Apparently he had been attacked and killed by someone much stronger than him.

The conversation went something like...

Dad: "So yeah, when you're playing games you're only like playing for fun, and what's the fun in crushing someone when they don't stand a chance?"

Me: "Uhuh." (Talking while playing, not really listening.)

Dad: "I mean, you surely wouldn't think it was fun to play versus completely ******ed people who have no idea what they're doing?"

Me: "Uhh..."

Dad: "There isn't any competition in that really, is there?"

Me: "That's kinda the way you make money in poker, by playing people who play worse than you."

Dad: "But if they have no idea what they're doing you might as well rob them..."

Me: "...yeah, 'cept that's illegal...."


I'm now pretending I'm broke if my dad asks me about poker.
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Old 02-14-2008, 02:02 PM   #782
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

So to sum it up every1 at 2+2 are winning invincible millionaires and frown at people implying that they probably will lose all their money within 3 years from now. Damn 20 year olds on a power trip.
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Old 02-14-2008, 02:07 PM   #783
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So to sum it up every1 at 2+2 are winning invincible millionaires
No, you're here too.
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:16 PM   #784
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Dad: "But if they have no idea what they're doing you might as well rob them..."
Except in poker no one is holding a gun to their heads making them play against you. Your opponents are voluntarily playing the game and putting money in the pot against you. If they are idiots and regularly bet on marginal hands then that is their problem - in fact you are doing them a favour by helping them learn some harsh facts in life (like if they are going to play poker like a ****** against good players then they are going to lose money). You can't be expected to spend your valuable time giving out important life lessons without some financial compensation now can you?
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:39 PM   #785
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Except in poker no one is holding a gun to their heads making them play against you. Your opponents are voluntarily playing the game and putting money in the pot against you. If they are idiots and regularly bet on marginal hands then that is their problem - in fact you are doing them a favour by helping them learn some harsh facts in life (like if they are going to play poker like a ****** against good players then they are going to lose money). You can't be expected to spend your valuable time giving out important life lessons without some financial compensation now can you?
ok you ruined this thread, congratulations
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:07 PM   #786
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I've been playing some tables for about half an hour and I'm up a bit when this kid from down the hall walks into the room and sees me playing

Kid: "How much are you up?"
Me: "I havn't been playing for that long, so not much yet."
Kid: "So do you always win?"
Me: "No, but I win a lot more than I lose."
Kid: "How do you win so much?"
Me: "It's not that I'm really good, it's just that these people are really bad and don't know how to actually play."
Kid: *Throws down $20 bill* "Send me $20, I want to play."

I have never seen this kind of a reaction before but I hope to god I see it many more times.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:20 AM   #787
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lol, this is perfect.

yah, im not telling people i meet anymore i play poker for a living. nothing ever good comes of it.
the last two girls that i told actually lol'd in my face. have fun being a broke student/working at a dead-end job!

from now on, im just going to tell people im a day trader or some bs unless they seem cool enough to get what im doing.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:56 AM   #788
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I've been playing some tables for about half an hour and I'm up a bit when this kid from down the hall walks into the room and sees me playing

Kid: "How much are you up?"
Me: "I havn't been playing for that long, so not much yet."
Kid: "So do you always win?"
Me: "No, but I win a lot more than I lose."
Kid: "How do you win so much?"
Me: "It's not that I'm really good, it's just that these people are really bad and don't know how to actually play."
Kid: *Throws down $20 bill* "Send me $20, I want to play."

I have never seen this kind of a reaction before but I hope to god I see it many more times.
lol

so you just kept the money and left?
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:23 AM   #789
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

*bumping an old thread*

The convo usually goes like this when I tell someone I play poker.

"So how much have you lost so far?"

"umm, well, I have won about $1000 this week"

"Yeah but how much have you lost in total?"

"Umm, I haven't, I'm up *something* this month"

"Haha, I bet you're going to be broke by next month, gambl0r!"

"me: ............"
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:31 AM   #790
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I basically always get the 'omg I want to invest in you. What if I gave you like...$100?'
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:41 PM   #791
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

A sample poker conversation with my sisters:

Them: How much money have you lost total?
Me: Well, I'm probably up 20-25k over my entire poker "career"
Them: Well, how much did you lose overall to make that?
Me: Does it matter? I've played a ton, I probably had to win 100K and lose 75K to end up 25K up, that's just how poker works.
Them: Why do you lose so much?

And someone mentioned counting cards earlier, one of my first poker conversations with my dad, who has an MBA from Harvard:

Him: You play poker right?
Me: Yeah.
Him: Are you pretty good?
Me: I do alright, most people play really bad.
Him: What do you do, like count cards?

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Old 03-13-2008, 01:53 AM   #792
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:22 AM   #793
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A sample poker conversation with my sisters:

Them: How much money have you lost total?
Me: Well, I'm probably up 20-25k over my entire poker "career"
Them: Well, how much did you lose overall to make that?
Me: Does it matter? I've played a ton, I probably had to win 100K and lose 75K to end up 25K up, that's just how poker works.
Them: Why do you lose so much?
Talking about poker with people who have never played and don't understand the game is impossible......... I've given up trying.

Some people aren't interested in listening to what you have to say, they've made their mind up that it's degen and no-one could possibly make any money out of it.
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:30 AM   #794
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LOL, love the comic.
He hasn't been updating lately.
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:30 AM   #795
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Talking about poker with people who have never played and don't understand the game is impossible......... I've given up trying.

Some people aren't interested in listening to what you have to say, they've made their mind up that it's degen and no-one could possibly make any money out of it.
I hate to break it 2 you Gorilla Boy but you are one of these people
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:43 AM   #796
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So to sum it up every1 at 2+2 are winning invincible millionaires and frown at people implying that they probably will lose all their money within 3 years from now. Damn 20 year olds on a power trip.
LOL, although very entertaining, that's what this thread seems to be turning into. I find it hard to believe that every single one of you is winning online, no offense but some of you are full of it.
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Old 03-13-2008, 03:12 AM   #797
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

OMG at people relating their friends' systems for beating roulette by always doubling their bet. I thought that was a localized phenomenon, centered around my own ******ed friends. I guess I'm just naive to that sort of thing. Some forms of stupidity, it would appear, are viral.

The one sit-down I had with a couple of them to try to explain why they were wrong was one of the more frustrating experiences of my life. I thought that people with degrees in electrical engineering, who landed jobs out of college that make them more than the average American household a year, who design and implement electronics for some of the most advanced manufacturing machines on the planet, and who understand the mathematics behind Laplace and Fourier transforms, would be more than qualified to understand the concept behind our little friend "expected value." Apparently I was wrong.

Eventually I had to devolve it down to, "Okay, I give up, you're right. You've figured it out. A scheme so fiendishly clever that the thousands of geniuses, hustlers, scammers, and cheaters, that have tried to figure out how to beat the casinos at their rigged games failed to think of it. This is your ticket to millions. I'm sure the casinos will never know what hit them. Good luck."

Thankfully most of my friends "get it".
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:17 AM   #798
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zomg i remember when this thread was one page long
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Old 03-14-2008, 05:18 AM   #799
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LOL, although very entertaining, that's what this thread seems to be turning into. I find it hard to believe that every single one of you is winning online, no offense but some of you are full of it.
Surely there are not people who post in BBV who exaggerate!
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:26 AM   #800
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