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Old 04-22-2009, 11:25 PM   #1576
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

When are people going to realize that poker is a game of skill and strategy? It's much more than just cards and chips, it's about the people behind the cards and the chips.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:34 PM   #1577
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

How much did you make today?
Not sure, around $1000
Oh, neat. So you make $1000 daily.
Sigh
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:35 AM   #1578
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

One time I won a $400 dollar pot and someone said "hey I have two pair".

I didnt buy it. I looked at his hand and I noticed he didn't have two pair.

The problem was that he had a straight. Luckily the dealer announced:

"Player one you win with your straight"

Unfortunatly for me I was player two.

The moral of the story is that to win a pot it doesn't matter what you say you have it only matters that your cards tell a story.

Luckily for me the very next hand I river the max flush for 126 dollars.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:22 AM   #1579
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One time I won a $400 dollar pot and someone said "hey I have two pair".

I didnt buy it. I looked at his hand and I noticed he didn't have two pair.

The problem was that he had a straight. Luckily the dealer announced:

"Player one you win with your straight"

Unfortunatly for me I was player two.

The moral of the story is that to win a pot it doesn't matter what you say you have it only matters that your cards tell a story.

Luckily for me the very next hand I river the max flush for 126 dollars.
Wow, great story but wrong thread. I think.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:22 AM   #1580
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

IT'S BACK IT'S BACK
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:39 PM   #1581
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

lol max flush
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:54 PM   #1582
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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
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:22 PM   #1583
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

i generally dont talk poker with anyone unless there like minded and they know the game, and i mean actually know the game. it just gets frustrating when a friend is playing online (play chips) lol and ure crying fold!!! and hes like are you crazy? well no, u have top pair with a deuce kicker and the bored is a-10-k-j-7 with four hearts, they proceed to call, and say "how do u manage to fold top pair" haha douchebags
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:56 PM   #1584
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I told the pastor at my church whom I have known my whole life that I play poker for a living and she could not stop laughing. Then after I left I guess my mom told her that I was serious and next time I saw her she was very apologetic because she thought she had offended me. I told her I get this reaction from time to time.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:19 PM   #1585
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

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If you want to get them off your back, respond with something like, "Mom, I understand you're concerned, but I'm talking about my net winnings, not my gross winnings, and I've risk-adjusted my play so that it's highly unlikely I'll ever go broke, much less owe any money to anyone."
Yeah, then start explaining the RoR model and your BR management rules until her eyes glaze over.

Alternatively you could explain how you've already withdrawn your initial deposit and now are only playing with your winnings (LOL, this argument is like the karate kid jump kick against innumerates -- no can defend).
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:56 AM   #1586
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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 made me lol
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Old 04-25-2009, 05:20 AM   #1587
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Some time ago when I won a small MTT, I had like 300$ in my poker account. So I was kinda proud and I told my dad I have 300$ in my account. and so every weekend from then when he visited me (my parents are divorced) he keeps telling me stories how my uncles friend lost everything he had playing roulette and the same is going to happen to me.
He refuses to believe people can actually make money playing poker and he thinks that ''house always wins not the players, they are just exchanging money to each other''
Then one time when we get in a little argue about this I showed him some guy graph where he had won 10k$ in a month. He stares at the graph for a while and then says ''Yea I know these kind of people. They go around sited advertising poker and making people believe they can make money playing poker''

%&#$^#$&#$
Yea you're right, whatever.
Haha, my Mum's exactly the same.

Mum: So how did you get in on Poker?
Me: Errrm, up about $200 this week I think.
Mum: How much did you lose?
Me: LOL, this is my total net, profits minus losses.
Mum: How much did you start with?
Me: Nothing, I won a couple of freerolls and build it from there
Mum: What's a freeroll?
Me: It's a tournament that's free to enter and the top x% get paid
Mum: So they get you addicted and then hope you deposit more? How much?
Me: It was about $6 (she's kinda right I guess), but no, they want me to play at their site with that money so each pot I get involved in, they take a certain %, it's called rake, that's how they make their money.
Mum: So they do take it all back in the end?
Me: No, I beat the fish, which are the clueless players, so I give them a % cut for introducing me to them.
Mum: How much do they take?
Me: I'm not quite sure, but it's not a lot compared to how much I play with.
Mum: So you let them take your money but you don't know how much?
Me: Pretty much yeah.
Mum: Don't you think you should keep a record of it, you could be losing?
Me: Yeah probably, I think I'm down about $600 this week from them, but I got $200 and I enjoyed myself so it onyl cost $400 for a decent week of fun.
Mum: *FACE DROPS* Nooooo, $600? Really?
Me: LOL, no I'm joking. *End of conversation*

I've been on 12BI downswing and breakeven stretch for the last 30k hands, and when she asked me yesterday how much I've won, I just said I haven't played for a few days, imagine explaining to her varience, swings and the edge we've got in the long run .

I also hate it when she tells her friends I play, and they quiz me on it aswell. "I'm not being rude, but technically you're my Mum's friend, not mine, so I could tell you to fcuk off and stop questioning me and it wouldn't make a difference to our relationship." Believe me, I've been on the brink a couple times.
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Old 04-25-2009, 05:50 AM   #1588
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

in my expereince when i tell pple i play poker they just laugh in a "omg what a loser" way of laughing

then when they find out how much i make their eyes light up and they are like "omg teach me"
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:09 AM   #1589
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

i still havent told my parents and i am playing in the wsop this summer. what is my line?
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:36 AM   #1590
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Win and suprise em with some millions
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:46 AM   #1591
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I told the pastor at my church whom I have known my whole life that I play poker for a living and she could not stop laughing. Then after I left I guess my mom told her that I was serious and next time I saw her she was very apologetic because she thought she had offended me. I told her I get this reaction from time to time.
the real beat imo.


no real offense intended just because of my experience pastor + she = does not compute.
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:22 PM   #1592
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

For a while my gf knew I was playing poker but I kinda suppressed a lot of the details but when I started cashing out some reasonable sums and then had to explain the $1000 giftcard (from pokerstars fpp) i kind of let her in on exactly what poker was....

Part of doing this we started watching HSP and she saw how young durrr was and how he was pwning everyone. Now she wants to sit with me everytime I play....and the thing is if I make a buyin playing NL50 after 2 hours she is upset because she thinks I should have durrrr pwned at least 10k+:erm: Heaven forbid I should lose a big session with her watchin
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:47 PM   #1593
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

the reason i don't tell ppl i play poker is because this douchey guy i told one time keeps asking me everytime i see him .....

"so, you up or down?"

My response, "ahh im bout even"

wtf does he care if im winning or losing and what does it matter to him whether im winning or losing that particular day?

Oh and the worst question was last night , he comes into my bar and says in the middle of the bar as im working... "so , you still gambling?" My response was, "im breathing aren't I?"

God i hate peoples
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:43 PM   #1594
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

There are a few of my friends who are really good so when I go like to some girl ona night out: "Yeah, I play a little, pays for some stuff on the side"
Her: "Oh, so you know that X is ballin out of control"?
Me: Yeah.
Her: Can I have his number?

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Old 04-25-2009, 01:54 PM   #1595
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

this thread is so great because it is so true. almost every story is familiar
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:13 PM   #1596
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

This thread is great because there's a mixture of funny situations but also of social rejects who post embarassing responses to polite/friendly questions
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Old 04-25-2009, 03:50 PM   #1597
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Whenever people who don't know I play poker come into my room and I'm sitting at my compter in front of 3 giant monitors I try and say that its my roomates computer and I just needed to use it for a second and mine is the more modest setup across the room. Then I tell them my roomate is addicted to porn.
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:29 PM   #1598
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Sooooo I'm at Bank of America trying to change my account over from my dads name to mine since I've had it before I was 18 and im now going to college. Of course it all gets set up perfectly in about 5 minutes.. I figure im going to be out the door when she brings up the topic of a "student credit card" to help establish my credit. Of course I go along with it and ask her about setting one up a low limit credit card. She asks me if I have any means of income(though I've made $2000 in deposits the last 2 months).. before I could think of a nice BS story like I "resell computer parts online" or "I work with one of my friends dad" my dad says "Online Poker!"

Honestly I was in BoA for at least 30 minutes listening to a 60+ year old lady telling me how gambling will ruin my life and hurt my family in the future. I even made the attempt to point out I play within my limits etc... and she tells me im going to become addicted like a drug addict & won't be able to control myself. I IMMEDIATELY told her I'd like to close my account and withdrawal everything($7500) in the nicest possible way. GOOOOOOOODBYE Bank of America.
bank of america = worst bank EVER. i closed my account as soon as they started giving me trouble when i wanted to withdraw from FTP.

not to mention all that taking bailout money and giving accounts to illegal aliens with out requiring any identification
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:30 PM   #1599
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[QUOTE=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.[/QUOTE]

This.

What instatilts me further is when a friend pushes for amounts lost. When I don't give him an answer and they start guessing I want to kick babies.
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:14 AM   #1600
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the reason i don't tell ppl i play poker is because this douchey guy i told one time keeps asking me everytime i see him .....

"so, you up or down?"

My response, "ahh im bout even"

wtf does he care if im winning or losing and what does it matter to him whether im winning or losing that particular day?

Oh and the worst question was last night , he comes into my bar and says in the middle of the bar as im working... "so , you still gambling?" My response was, "im breathing aren't I?"

God i hate peoples
Assuming you are a winning player, NEVER get sucked into answering short-term questions.

I usually say something like, "I don't worry about how I do for a day, or even for a week. As long as I'm up at the end of the month, I'm happy."

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