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Old 08-25-2006, 04:07 AM   #76
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

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All my buddies just assume I'm a degen
Ugh, this is going to sound so stupid but....

degen = degenerate??!? I always just thought it was 2p2er Degen's last name or something. I can't believe I actually just looked up degen at dictionary.com, then sat there confused for a minute before I figured it all out. woo!

Also I have this same problem, for some reason I only talk about my losses if at all so I keep getting questions like "so you think you're up overall?". ugh.
I thought degen rhymed with vegan.
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Old 08-25-2006, 04:11 AM   #77
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

My most frequent one so far is "So will I be seeing you on TV?" I just politely state that I only play online, so probably not.

If you guys think poker's tough, try telling people you're a competitive Scrabble player. Tournament Scrabble is about 50 times as different from living room Scrabble as serious poker is from a penny ante home game.
"Oh, I could never be good at Scrabble--I'm such a bad speller."
"That's okay. Many of the top players are Thais who don't even speak English."
"WTF?!"

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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?"
"There's this great book called Small Stakes Holdem--I'll lend him my copy."
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Old 08-25-2006, 04:30 AM   #78
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My most frequent one so far is "So will I be seeing you on TV?" I just politely state that I only play online, so probably not.

If you guys think poker's tough, try telling people you're a competitive Scrabble player. Tournament Scrabble is about 50 times as different from living room Scrabble as serious poker is from a penny ante home game.
"Oh, I could never be good at Scrabble--I'm such a bad speller."
"That's okay. Many of the top players are Thais who don't even speak English."
"WTF?!"

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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?"
"There's this great book called Small Stakes Holdem--I'll lend him my copy."
tell me more about Professional Scrabble please. Do you win?
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Old 08-25-2006, 04:33 AM   #79
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do any of you guys ever get fans? like ppl who know you from whatever and are like "OMG you're baronzeus?!!?!?"
I was playing 15/30 at the Wynn and some kid asked if I was 2+2. I said "yeah, I'm Private Joker." And he goes, "you're Private Joker? Wow, I thought you'd be a big black guy."

Actually, 6 people have said that to me when they met me.
lol, people think ur a big black guy because u have a mos def avatar, sad.
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Old 08-25-2006, 04:57 AM   #80
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

My mom doesn't know that I've played online, but she does know I have a keen interest in poker. So, she's always telling me this story about a kid that lost hundreds of thousands of dollars playing online poker, thinking that he was winning, and ended up robbing a bank to pay off his debts. I think the moral of the story is that you guys should all feel bad for ruining this kid's life.
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Old 08-25-2006, 04:59 AM   #81
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do any of you guys ever get fans? like ppl who know you from whatever and are like "OMG you're baronzeus?!!?!?"
at turningstone I got about a dozen 'OMG GILDWULF LOLHYPNOTOOOOOAD'
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Old 08-25-2006, 05:07 AM   #82
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do any of you guys ever get fans? like ppl who know you from whatever and are like "OMG you're baronzeus?!!?!?"
yeah...
it's weird
That's just part of becoming a poker superstar, my man.

We love you Nath.

Sorry if that's weird. If there are other Nath fans out there who want to get together to do blow and talk about Nath, PM me.
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Old 08-25-2006, 05:10 AM   #83
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oh yea, you play poker? have you been on tv before? are you gonna be soon?
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Old 08-25-2006, 05:32 AM   #84
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to mother, after she kept asking:

me: "i dunno, i think i won $450 today or something."

her: "but how much did you lose??"

This is the absolute worst. A couple of months ago I won my first "big" tournament, for over $2100 dollars. It was a big deal to me, not just the money but also the win. I told my brothers a week later, and one of em asked me "and how much did you lose?" they couldn't stop grinning.
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Old 08-25-2006, 05:45 AM   #85
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haha i get a lot of this type of stuff too.

i normally just say something like "ya, i guess i just got lucky."
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:29 AM   #86
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I had to listen to a coworker the other day tell me about how he "moved up" from the $1 Sit & Go's to the $5 Sit & Go's and is winning because "they respect his raises more" and don't just "chase to the river" ><
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:47 AM   #87
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do any of you guys ever get fans? like ppl who know you from whatever and are like "OMG you're baronzeus?!!?!?"
ive had a few cases of this... its weird

people think you're baronzeus?
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:49 AM   #88
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tell me more about Professional Scrabble please. Do you win?
Yea, and if you do win....how much have you lost?
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:57 AM   #89
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tell me more about Professional Scrabble please. Do you win?
Yea, and if you do win....how much have you lost?
Teeeeeech meeeeeeee!
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:58 AM   #90
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"You better stop before you lose it."

Everybody tells me this. I've heard it so many times that i'm starting to think it's true.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:59 AM   #91
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"You better stop before you lose it."

Everybody tells me this. I've heard it so many times that i'm starting to think it's true.
"you still playin' that poker?"
"yeah"
"you winning?"
"yeah"
"that's good. Just be careful you don't get in too deep."
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Old 08-25-2006, 07:17 AM   #92
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

So when I say im in a rough patch right now people are like "but... are you up OVERALL?" no ive just made my living of this crap for 2 years and im down!! that would be pretty degenerate
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Old 08-25-2006, 07:19 AM   #93
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It's great when you've been talking to someone for a while about the game and realize that they think you're talking about blackjack.
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Old 08-25-2006, 07:20 AM   #94
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On my last visit to Vegas i was sitting in a low buyin NL game. I was chatting a little with the guy next to me to pass the time. As i leave i mention to him how slow live poker seems when you compare it to playing 6 tables online. I also mention something along the lines of it (online poker) also not being so frustrating to play if you're down because you're seeing so many hands. He then replies that he knows what I mean, because he always wins when he plays multiple hands of blackjack.
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Old 08-25-2006, 07:21 AM   #95
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So when I say im in a rough patch right now people are like "but... are you up OVERALL?" no ive just made my living of this crap for 2 years and im down!! that would be pretty VEGANMAV
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:29 AM   #96
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tell me more about Professional Scrabble please. Do you win?
Yea, and if you do win....how much have you lost?
Teeeeeech meeeeeeee!
So if I gave you $20 and three extra letter tiles can you double it?

Bonus Scrabble Word = DHOOTIE
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:41 AM   #97
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"what's the most you've ever won?" - every person ever.
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:48 AM   #98
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I like to tell these people about 6K pots. They really flip it. For the high stakes players it could be even more fun!

Douche: what's the most you've ever won?
Durr: you mean in like 30 seconds? 100K.
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:09 AM   #99
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My roomate's gf: "You're gambling again? You're an addict."


Me: "Screw you *****, I do what I want."
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:12 AM   #100
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

great thread

i think i agree with just about every post
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