Originally Posted by zachvac
ok read the first 40ish pages, found out everything was repeating with the occasional hilarious post, but I skipped the rest, probably missed a few good laughs, but anyway...
The thing I get a lot is "poker is no more than 10% skill and 90% luck".
Me: "what does that mean? How can it be a % of skill and % of luck? Does it mean 10% win? Of course it can't, because we both agree 100% luck would mean 50% win (minus rake), so maybe 10% would be 10% of the winners, being 55%?"
Them: "umm, something like that"
Me: "ok, so if you could flip a coin thousands and thousands of times that was weighted 55% in your favor, would you take it?"
Them: "umm, [insert random crap here about how poker is all luck and they once had their AA cracked for all the money on the table, usually like 2 bucks".
And note this is a pretty good engineering school, so most people here have good math backgrounds.
Luckily most of my friends who know I play actually understand. I rarely bring it up, but since I played in the dorm room, friends would see me play, tell mutual friends, and people would be like "omg how do you play all those tables at once?"
Although I did actually accept a stake once, I regularly play cash games, and this guy was pressing to stake me. So of course he starts with "let me stake you", and I'm like "I have enough money to play, and unless you're gonna give me a couple thousand I have plenty and don't feel like hurting my profits". "Well how about if I give you a bunch of money to play in a higher tourney than you've ever played before? I'll give you $20". Now at this point I didn't have a huge roll, but it was a little under 1k, so I thought what the hell, never seriously played tourneys anyway and I figure worst case at least he'll stop bugging me about staking me. I don't money, tell him, he hasn't offered to stake since. Problem solved lol.
The best part actually was my mom though. She knew I played live poker and such but didn't know anything about how much I'd made and figured it was just all for fun and I may have lost but at least I wasn't out doing drugs or joining a gang. Well I asked her about playing online poker, because I was planning on getting a 24" monitor, and when you're living with parents it's hard to hide a monitor lol. So she's like "well as long as it's your money, I trust you and know you're responsible". Me: "good, because this mail addressed to me from CA is most likely the $600 check from online poker.
Her: "wow, when are you gonna start paying tuition?"
Her: "so how much do you still have on there?"
Me: "like $200" (in reality ~$3k, I make decent money at micro-stakes, certainly not enough to drop out or anything)
I also emphasized that I played 25c/50c, emphasizing on blinds only being a quarter and 50 cents. Of course now I'm at 100nl and she's sort of passed by my computer and watched for like 2 minutes, and saw the pots of like $4, biggest was like $15, just pray that she's not watching the one $200 pot I lose lol (or win actually). Luckily I don't think she's actually noticed stack sizes and that $100*18 tables = more than $200 lol.
But yeah, most friends seem to understand actually, and most leave me alone after I sort of explain. Once in a while I always get the "how much did you win today?", but they know I'm pretty intelligent and responsible with money, so when I explain it most realize that I'm not actually in much danger of losing a hand for stacks on all my tables.