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Old 08-19-2008, 01:03 AM   #1076
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does anyone else get a kick out of talking about your biggest losses rather than your biggest wins?

The look on their faces is much more satisfying than bragging about a big win.
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:37 AM   #1077
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I listened to a web-radio interview with Hevad Khan, maybe on cardplayer.com can't remember for sure. But here's a basic outline of what he said:

It takes a while to lose your ego in this game. You'll think that everyone will be happy for your success, but they're not. You'll run into someone from high school who was really smart and went to an Ivy League school and is working at a $200K per year job. You think he's going to be happy for you when you tell him that you cleared $200K last month? No way. He just thinks, "Kahn what a lucky scrub" Even other poker players they'll be on the rail and they'll all talk amongst themselves, "How could he get it all in with AQ there, what an idiot." What you have to realize is that nobody cares about you. Nobody wants to see you do well in poker. Nobody wants you to be successful in life. Just remember that and you'll be an all-star.

I used to think Hevad was just a loud doofus but that interview always stuck with me. Since I've started playing a lot and taking poker seriously I keep that in mind when ever I think about telling someone I play online, and just keep that info to myself for the most part.
That guy should get punched in the face for his live playing behaviour but this warms my
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:42 AM   #1078
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

my roommates walk into my room and ask me "are you up or down" constantly throughout sessions. I was introduced to one of their friends a couple days ago and he asks me "so you're that poker guy right, how much have you won?" I tell him something along the lines of "I don't really feel comfortable telling you that" and he's annoyed with my because I won't disclose my "winnings." god damnit.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:28 PM   #1079
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my roommates walk into my room and ask me "are you up or down" constantly throughout sessions.
This is better than my old roomate who always would ask, "How much are you up?" in a way that implied he expected an answer of a huge amount everytime. Whenever I'd say I'm down an amount he would always say, "oh" like I had somehow let him down or he was disappointed in me. You probably have to be there, but this used to life tilt me.
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:46 AM   #1080
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This is better than my old roomate who always would ask, "How much are you up?" in a way that implied he expected an answer of a huge amount everytime. Whenever I'd say I'm down an amount he would always say, "oh" like I had somehow let him down or he was disappointed in me. You probably have to be there, but this used to life tilt me.
Not many people in my home town know that I play poker--my family, other poker players, and maybe 10 other people.

My wife told her parents that I play, but they never said anything, so I wasn't sure how they felt about it.

Two months later we are at her parent's house, and out of the blue, her dad tells me that he paid cash for his first car with poker winnings.

I guess I don't have to worry about any annoying questions from him.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:57 AM   #1081
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

this thread rox, read every single page

my parents also don't have a clue as to why poker would actually involve skill.. unfortunately I'm a microgrinder still stuck trying to learn the game and can't prove them wrong, yet
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:01 AM   #1082
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

"do you really get money from those sites?"

"how much did you make today ?"

about $500.

"but how much did you lose?"

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Old 09-05-2008, 10:33 AM   #1083
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What negative experiences have you guys had when someone found out you play poker for a living and/or on the internet?
Uhh...

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Old 09-05-2008, 11:55 AM   #1084
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I love this thread but I'm stunned by the fact that so many of you have problems with their parents. Either by explaining poker itself being profitable or them not having the trust in you being smart enough not turning out or being a douche. If you're smart enough to make a decent living at poker your parents must know you're smart and responsible, they have lived with you for the bigger part of your life. Maybe I overestimate parents because mine actually helped me get started.

I asked my dad if I could borrow some money from his cc to start playing poker. So that in a year or two I wouldn't cost any more money. After a while explaining that you play against other people and not a casino and all you have to do is be smarter and think logically. I was still a noob and hadn't read or even played the game. But still my father trusted me that I wouldn't back this idea up if there wasn't a shred of truth in it.
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:59 PM   #1085
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I love this thread but I'm stunned by the fact that so many of you have problems with their parents. Either by explaining poker itself being profitable or them not having the trust in you being smart enough not turning out or being a douche. If you're smart enough to make a decent living at poker your parents must know you're smart and responsible, they have lived with you for the bigger part of your life. Maybe I overestimate parents because mine actually helped me get started.

I asked my dad if I could borrow some money from his cc to start playing poker. So that in a year or two I wouldn't cost any more money. After a while explaining that you play against other people and not a casino and all you have to do is be smarter and think logically. I was still a noob and hadn't read or even played the game. But still my father trusted me that I wouldn't back this idea up if there wasn't a shred of truth in it.
No parent in their right mind would let their kid borrow money to start playing poker. How old were you when this happened?

In either case you were either underage or should have been able to support yourself without borrowing to start playing.
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:22 AM   #1086
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No parent in their right mind would let their kid borrow money to start playing poker. How old were you when this happened?
My dad actually offered to do my first deposit a couple months after I turned 17. He asked if I was tired of play money, I was like obv. So he let me deposit..went broke a few times. But he was generous.

But yeah...just to add on, I hate when people ask how much I make. Insta life tilt.

I do get satisfaction telling people how much I lost sometimes for some weird reason. I find it funny when a few of my friends seem to be happier when I lose. I just lol.
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:47 AM   #1087
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I asked my dad if I could borrow some money from his cc to start playing poker. So that in a year or two I wouldn't cost any more money. After a while explaining that you play against other people and not a casino and all you have to do is be smarter and think logically. I was still a noob and hadn't read or even played the game. But still my father trusted me that I wouldn't back this idea up if there wasn't a shred of truth in it.
When I made my first (and last) deposit of $300 on Party my dad saw the credit card bill and went ballistic. He immediately called me from Canada (I was living in Tokyo at the time) and went off about how I was a degenerate and would max out my credit card and lose thousands of dollars. He's okay with it now that it's paid off more than any investment he's made in his entire life (except for his house).
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:32 AM   #1088
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I do get satisfaction telling people how much I lost sometimes for some weird reason. I find it funny when a few of my friends seem to be happier when I lose. I just lol.
Nobody likes the lucky guy...hence, lucky bastard
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:36 AM   #1089
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They ask to many questions IMO
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:58 AM   #1090
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Originally Posted by deucedeuce00 My roomate's gf: "You're gambling again? You're an addict."Me: "Screw you *****, I do what I want."

Wow! This reminds me of an episode af South Park where Cartman is @ a show somewhere with his mom as the baddest kid in the world. He tells another kid:

Whatever *****, i do what i want!!


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Mom: come downstares to eat.
Me: closing a loosing session.
Mom: Did you played poker.
Me: Yeahh....(blehh)
Mom: and?
Me: I lost ....$
Mom: But how much did you win??
Me: &%&$%$%
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:17 AM   #1091
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Originally Posted by deucedeuce00 My roomate's gf: "You're gambling again? You're an addict."Me: "Screw you *****, I do what I want."

Wow! This reminds me of an episode af South Park where Cartman is @ a show somewhere with his mom as the baddest kid in the world. He tells another kid:

Whatever *****, i do what i want!!
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:29 AM   #1092
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

What irritates me the most is constantly hearing about how I should quit when I am ahead a certain amount every day. I have to launch into the "the next hand you play is the next hand you play" speach and realize they are too stupid to get it.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:40 AM   #1093
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:07 PM   #1094
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Oh I just thought id add.. this is a little OT but about people not knowing **** about ****.... i remember a convo on some forum unrelated to poker about an argument between one guy, and another who seemed to think that "risking all your capital on AA preflop" was absolutely ******ed.
risking all your capital on AA preflop is ******ed DUCY? rising a buy-in with a properly managed bankroll with AA is golden
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Old 09-15-2008, 01:22 AM   #1095
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I dunno, I'm pretty sure I'd risk my net wealth on an 80% shot or whatever it is.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:11 AM   #1096
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This thread always makes me realise how lucky I am with my mum and poker.
She accepts it to the point where it's a viable excuse to get out of something, for example, she'll premise any task or job she wants me to do by asking "are you playing poker?" and if I tell her I am she'll get someone else to do it. It's pretty much like if I told her I was studying for exams or something and I've actually lied on numerous occasions and told her I was playing poker when I was just on the internet and wasting time to get out of having to do something lol.
She doesn't ask me if I'm up/down/how much each day and will simply say something like "bad day at the tables?" if I'm clearly frustrated or angry and I might respond with "yeah, I dropped like 10 buyins [probably helps her that I say buy ins and not however many thousands the actual figure was]" to which she might say something like "it all works out in the long run though, right?". This is fairly amazing imo given that she has never played in her life and her knowledge is entirely what I've explained to her.

Of course, pretty much all my friends are ******ed and I've got all the "but how much did you lose?"/"cash out before you lose it all"/"can I give you some money and you double it for me" bull****. My standard response to the "can I give you some money line" is now "if you can come up with about $50k I think I could work out a deal with you", so far no one has taken me up on my offer .
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:16 AM   #1097
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This thread always makes me realise how lucky I am with my mum and poker.
She accepts it to the point where it's a viable excuse to get out of something, for example, she'll premise any task or job she wants me to do by asking "are you playing poker?" and if I tell her I am she'll get someone else to do it. It's pretty much like if I told her I was studying for exams or something and I've actually lied on numerous occasions and told her I was playing poker when I was just on the internet and wasting time to get out of having to do something lol.
Way to take advantage of her trust.
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:38 AM   #1098
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My dad actually offered to do my first deposit a couple months after I turned 17. He asked if I was tired of play money, I was like obv. So he let me deposit..went broke a few times. But he was generous.

But yeah...just to add on, I hate when people ask how much I make. Insta life tilt.

I do get satisfaction telling people how much I lost sometimes for some weird reason. I find it funny when a few of my friends seem to be happier when I lose. I just lol.
YES.

Also "how much money do you have in total?" Wtf man why don't I just go online and total up my bank accounts for you?
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:37 AM   #1099
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Coworker: My wife's friends boyfriend plays online all the time. We saw him at a party the other day, and he was wearing tons of online poker clothes. You should go online and take all his money cause he looked like a dork.

Me: OK. Lemme get right on that.
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"I've played online and you can just tell something isn't right with it"


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