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Old 05-09-2008, 06:04 AM   #876
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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You could also make up stuff like: I am such a good player that people with lots of money stake me - they pay tourney entry fees and we split the profit - I risk zero dollars when I play. I play so well that I win more than I lose and therefore I have no trouble finding people willing to risk money on my poker. Tell them it is like people that are paid to invest other peoples money in the stock market only you make more money.
Can I stake you $100 and you turn it into $200?
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Old 05-09-2008, 07:21 AM   #877
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Can I stake you $100 and you turn it into $200?
Possibly:
I may turn it into $0 - 20% chance because I'm good.
I may turn it into $200 - 40% chance
I may turn it into $300 - 20% chance
I may turn it into $400 - 20% chance.

Sounds good to you? Pockets $100

2 days later:
Option 1 happened - I turned it into $0, hard luck. Luckily for me it wasn't my money, so as usual I lost nothing! This new $100 dollar watch, yeah I got it a couple of weeks ago, why?
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:24 AM   #878
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My father, I have tried to explain it to him a couple of times, but it always ends like this, he will not listen or doesn't understand what I am trying to say, and just gets mad at me, because he thinks it's pure luck and I will soon be playing for our house, lmao.
If you're serious about showing him otherwise, try printing out a graph.
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:29 AM   #879
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

But did you tell them that Absolute paid back all the BIs to all those who played in the same tourney w/ the superuser, regardless of wether they cashed or not?!?!

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It used to really bug me when friends and family gave the "ZOMG rigged" scare story about online poker... I told them I wasn't worried, I played at a reputable site called ABSOLUTE POKER and they wouldn't have any incentive to rip off the players...

God I hated having to tell them later "oh btw you were right, it was rigged."
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:37 PM   #880
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ive really never got any of these ******ed responses when i told people i played for a living. maybe its because i dont hang out with mouthbreathers?
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:38 AM   #881
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ive really never got any of these ******ed responses when i told people i played for a living. maybe its because i dont hang out with mouthbreathers?
Do you never go out and meet new random people? If you did you would get these comments constantly.

Random girl: Hey
Me: What's up?
RG: I'm Janna
Me: Austiger
RG: So, what do you do for a living?
Me: I play poker.
RG: Please don't tell people that.
Me: Why not?
RG: You're better than that.
Me: I'm really not.
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:42 AM   #882
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Solution to the home game micro-stake problem:

Go play with your friends and dominate the game. Before you leave, shove your 8 buy-in stack in the middle and say "Just give me cab fare and you guys can play for the rest." You'll be a legend in their circle from that point forward.
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:56 AM   #883
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Í've never had this. Is this an American thing? Can any European players say if someone asked them this?
YES all the time
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:58 AM   #884
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

i just timed out with aces reading this thread, its that good...DAMN
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:11 AM   #885
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a) This is 100% correct.
b) It became sadly apparent that I could win a ton more money with much less work playing poker, which has killed my Scrabble game.
c) Do I know you?
d) I wonder how many crossovers there are on 2+2. We should have a tourney.
+1. I peaked my rating in the mid 1800s a year or so ago. Now below 1700. Went from breakeven 1/2 limit player to 5ptbb winner at 200nl in that time, so no regrets.
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:14 AM   #886
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

scrabble ftw... used to play about 5 years ago and had a 1900 rating for a while. Dropped it down to 1780 due to noobs luckboxing my ass. (havent played since then )
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:14 AM   #887
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scrabble ftw... used to play about 5 years ago and had a 1900 rating for a while. Dropped it down to 1780 due to noobs luckboxing my ass. (havent played since then )

live tourneys or ISC?
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:24 AM   #888
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wasn't ISC but it was online. Looks like msn zone bought it out. Man I feel old
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:26 AM   #889
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wasn't ISC but it was online. Looks like msn zone bought it out. Man I feel old
psh mine was live, 23rd in the country for a short time
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:26 AM   #890
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I played at a reputable site called ABSOLUTE POKER and they wouldn't have any incentive to rip off the players...

God I hated having to tell them later "oh btw you were right, it was rigged."
no u tart , the Random Number Generator worked perfectly. There was just a cheater high up in the company who could see whole cards, not manipulate the deal.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:28 AM   #891
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I've found that the best way to end a poker conversation is to be really "nerdy" about it.

Them: Whats the most you've won?

Me: Well, one time I was like UTG+1 in a LAG and raised it 3x BB with suited cons, one TAP called and the CO reraised it...yada yada...

It won't take long until they loose interest.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:44 AM   #892
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I talk about me playing poker for a living all the time at my university though, it's funny becouse I study psychology, everyone I tell about it imidiatly spots all the signs a gambling addict has, but is afraid to say anything about it.
lol try being a sociology/economics student....although i think people started to give me a bit more credibility once i got my iphone/28" monitor/wii etc. As an aside im finding it much worse over the summer as all of my friends are working full time and i think people start to see it as a bit more "real" when your not working and they are. And i have had a few gay comments like "its alright till u lose" not from good friends but its still annoying nonetheless.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:59 AM   #893
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

The thing that really gets me is how people assume that just because you're a poker player you automatically play roulette and blackjack and hang out in casinos.

"Oh so you're a poker player? I went to the casino the other day, lost like £30 on roulette."

Ok great.

That's like you telling me you're an astronaut and me turning round and saying i went on Space Mountain last summer at Disneyworld. Cheers pal great input.

My family also seem very concerned that i'm "LOSING MYSELF IN A virtual world" ---- So you conveniently forgot that your job involves staring at a computer screen all day???

The phrases:

PATH TO DESTRUCTION
and
ROAD TO RUIN

are often frequently brought up.

GARRRRGH!!!
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:09 AM   #894
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I think i'll tell everyone i meet about it from now on actually, and explain the dynamics, equity, with all the classic dice-examples and whatever.

I'll have the greatest tilt-control in the world looking back on that when loosing the 10th 80/20 for the night.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:23 AM   #895
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ive really never got any of these ******ed responses when i told people i played for a living. maybe its because i dont hang out with mouthbreathers?
How can u not hang out with mouthbreathers, they are like 94.7% of the planet
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:42 AM   #896
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I just tell people I'm a cigarette lighter repairman.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:16 AM   #897
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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The thing that really gets me is how people assume that just because you're a poker player you automatically play roulette and blackjack and hang out in casinos.

"Oh so you're a poker player? I went to the casino the other day, lost like £30 on roulette."

Ok great.

That's like you telling me you're an astronaut and me turning round and saying i went on Space Mountain last summer at Disneyworld. Cheers pal great input.

My family also seem very concerned that i'm "LOSING MYSELF IN A virtual world" ---- So you conveniently forgot that your job involves staring at a computer screen all day???

The phrases:

PATH TO DESTRUCTION
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ROAD TO RUIN

are often frequently brought up.

GARRRRGH!!!
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:22 AM   #898
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

some nice guy from high school)actually smart as well. spend 2 mins telling me about the penny slots he plays at the local casino all wall mart the other day. He started off the conversation by saying "hey man i was at the boat last weekend and i total won like... 35 dollars man....it was pretty sweet" word for word.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:53 AM   #899
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

This thread delivers from the get go to the let go

About 100 pages back someone mentioned professional scrabble players. I had an aunt (sadly passed away now ) who was a high up competition scrabble player. Won a few big national and international championships. I thought I was good until I played against her. She could find unreal scores with any 7 tiles, time after time. Great to watch, and a lot more tactical than I ever would have thought. There's a good degree of bluffing too. Making the opp think you are planing to use one part of the board so that they will cover it on your round, leaving where you were really planning to go open, that sort of thing.

When I start making serious money (rather than my current grinding pitance) I am planning to tell people I am independently wealthy. Bought and sold some net companies and retired on the profits.

Also, "No, I don't know much about this 'poker' of which you speak, but sure, i'll be happy to bring some of my wealth to your next home game, sounds like a laugh. Just don't take to much off me"
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:09 AM   #900
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

"You play poker? I love gambling, I play roulette, I have a strategy, wanna hear it? Ive been 6 times now and I havent lost!".

"Im good at poker, I can beat you, its just because im a good liar people can never tell if im bluffing or not".

"That happend to me ONCE I had kings and flop comes down 3 cards I go all in and some guy had called with pocket twos and hit three of a kind!"
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