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Old 04-26-2009, 05:06 AM   #1601
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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."
This answer will make people think you lost.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:43 AM   #1602
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guys...stop being so sensitive. play poker. live life...funk everybody else or what they think. tell them what you want, but dont let ppl tilt you with their stories or ignorance. that is a part of life too. stop being so sensitive, and get over it...all of it. just play poker
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:57 AM   #1603
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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"?
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Her: Can I have his number?

UL what can ya do
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:04 AM   #1604
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:57 AM   #1605
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I was at a house party once....girl overheard I played poker for a living...I was like F ME another boring night of explaining how you can actually make money playing poker

BUT turns out she's from Las Vegas and her dad has been playing poker for a living for over 20 years ...we talk it up...get to know eachother..and that night I got a drunken bj ....best random hook up of my life
Drunken Blackjack is awesome....

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Old 04-26-2009, 02:46 PM   #1606
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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."
only prob is that they look at you with that "wtf did you just say?" face and don't get it. Try explaining to someone you netted say 1k for a month.. "but how much did you lose?" ... that infamous question always makes its way around. So its almost pointless to say anything other than "well im about even"
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:12 PM   #1607
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I've found people with money usually respond like your kind of an idiot trying to lecture you on how to be smart, and get a real job or something. But average Joes usually respond like "dude that is F'n Awesome!"... Followed by up by bunch of questions about poker or their story about how they played once and lost 200 bucks.

Like others I avoid the discussion as much as I can. Its always my friends that bring it up, which I don't mind that much because they can usually field a lot of the questions or help move the discussion to another topic. The 1 on 1 discussions I avoid like the plague.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:08 PM   #1608
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Do you guys ever get your friends trying to get you to pay for **** because of your winnings? I'm not a baller at all but my friends always try to get me to buy something we need for the apartment etc just because I make some money playing poker. Then when I refuse to pay for it by myself, they're like "BUT DUDE YOU WON 2K LAST WEEK." Well, that might be the case but I also could have lost 2k and then I wouldn't expect for you to pay for everything.

Imo, only tell your very closest friends the truth about your winnings. People will look at you differently and many will envy (even if they are close). Most people just can't handle it.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:29 PM   #1609
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Imo, only tell your very closest friends the truth about your winnings. People will look at you differently and many will envy (even if they are close). Most people just can't handle it.
no. do not tell anyone that has no concept that winning is possible in poker (ie anyone that has never won on a casual to fulltime basis). telling close friends is a fkn disaster.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:29 AM   #1610
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no. do not tell anyone that has no concept that winning is possible in poker (ie anyone that has never won on a casual to fulltime basis). telling close friends is a fkn disaster.

i was at my girlfriend's friends house today , conv went like this ...

Her: "So , what did you do all day today?"
Me: "got up around noon and played poker for about 4 hrs and did some laundry and what not"
Her: "how do you afford to play everyday?"
Me: "what do you mean, i have an online bank roll and play within my limits"
Her: "how do you keep putting money everyday on there?"
Me: "i dont"
End Conv

Trying to explain poker to someone who has no clue is impossible. they think you just sit down, put 100 in a game and then repeat over and over again depositing money.
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Old 04-27-2009, 04:25 AM   #1611
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Thanks for your post. I no longer work for that company, in fact, as of 1/1/2009 I am a full-time poker player. What I wrote about happened quite a few years ago, and I'm sorry to hear that the tactics, whoever is behind them, are still allowed.

I can say that at this point, were I in the same position, I would not care what my employer thinks. I have been very involved in politics and community affairs: running for local office and vice-chair of a committee that wrote a new city charter, to give two example.

As least partly because of those experiences, I am used to to taking stands, and dealing with the pressure to change those stands. In fact, at the same company I mentioned, during an election cycle I was wearing the button of a presidential candidate.

My boss told me that while he respected my opinion (and in fact agreed with my support of that candidate), that it was too disruptive to the workplace. I pointed out that several others at the company, including some in management, were publicly supporting a candidate in the same way.

Two days later, my boss came back and said that he had looked into the issue, that he was wrong, and that I had every right to wear that button at the workplace.

I guess it takes people like you and me to speak for the sheep who cave to the pressure and give their $1 a month.
Update on the situation: there's actually an article they just made this week on the weekly news site employees can read on store PCs. It's asking leadership and the store secretaries to make plans for this year's United Way drive, an exciting 2 day event.

My jaw hit the desk when I read further and saw the date of the event: September 10-11. 5 months away! And apparently this year it's going to be a 2 day event instead of an hour long guilt trip. I'm requesting September 10-11 off tomorrow.
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Old 04-27-2009, 08:04 AM   #1612
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My father and mother take my poker hobby very easy. They want to hear about bankroll management and how the game works. My father even wanted to learn a game a bit and he was interrested about graphs and stats I sent him via email . When I told that I did not get a summerjob this year, but I would study and play some poker to get a long, he was supportive.

When I told my big sister (27 years) that I did not get a summer job despite I searched hard, and my second plan is to play poker, she went totally mad. She instantly started to tell me about ethics of making money (poker is not a real job, its just a silly game and your money comes from weak people who are addicted to online games, that is wrong) and how poker is connected with organisational criminality, prostitution, drug dealing and stuff like that. She told me to get a real life, a real job, a real hobby and concentrate on my studies, which are going well at university of economics though.

I was like "WTF u are telling me?!" She did not even want to hear how the game works, how is it possible to be a constantly winning player and how I think and play the poker. I tried to explain her the basics of bankroll management, variance, controllable risks and stuff but she totally ignored me and said that it is only swindling of people that they get hooked on poker and dream about being a somekind of poker super star that are showed on tv. I tried to tell her, that you don't have to play in high stakes to make your living and I am not dreaming about beign a super pro. I just need some income for the summer that I get along.

The result was that we had a huge quarrel and hassle and she begun to cry. Well, a few days later she called me and said that she had a bad hang over that day and she was sorry about everything. We made a deal that we do not talk about poker anymore.
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Old 04-27-2009, 08:40 AM   #1613
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I like the people who try to raise when blinds are like 250-500 in a home game and they raise to 550 and it's completely acceptable to the rest of the players
haha this is fun, tho we introduced the gay-bet/raise, its value is a smallblind.
makes for hilarious moments when someone raises, 5 callers, last one to act gayraises and initial opener raises hard. everyone feels enticed to call
homegames ftw

> "but how much did you lose?"
to be fair, mtt winners tend to not deduce the buyin from their win

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Old 04-27-2009, 09:47 AM   #1614
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i was at my girlfriend's friends house today , conv went like this ...

Her: "So , what did you do all day today?"
Me: "got up around noon and played poker for about 4 hrs and did some laundry and what not"
Her: "how do you afford to play everyday?"
Me: "what do you mean, i have an online bank roll and play within my limits"
Her: "how do you keep putting money everyday on there?"
Me: "i dont"
End Conv

Trying to explain poker to someone who has no clue is impossible. they think you just sit down, put 100 in a game and then repeat over and over again depositing money.
Just break up with her. Seriously. If she's too dumb to be able to have a normal conversation with, and you don't respect her enough to talk about your interests, wtf are you doing then?
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:34 AM   #1615
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^^^^ sounded like gf's friend, not gf herself.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:07 PM   #1616
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Alot of ppl in this thread have stupid friends/gfs/family/acquaintances. I have little to no problem explaining what I do sometimes peoples eyes glass over when I get into specifics but thats about it.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:15 PM   #1617
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Me playing in a free NL tourney hosted by a sportsbar chain here in Atlanta (I played these frequently back in the day and hardly at all in the last year, mostly when I found internet poker).
Which sportsbar do you play at?
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:00 PM   #1618
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Alot of ppl in this thread have stupid friends/gfs/family/acquaintances. I have little to no problem explaining what I do sometimes peoples eyes glass over when I get into specifics but thats about it.
Yeh, I've had nothing but positive interest. Can't help but think that some of the people here are doing something else to make their friends/family think they're degens.
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:03 PM   #1619
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One i've been getting lately after i say i play poker for a living is, ''so do you make money?''
this is the one i get the most. although they usually say "so do you actually make money doing that?"

i think from now on im gonna come back with the same response to them when they tell me what they do for a living.

"im a manager at _______."
"oh wow, do you make money doing that?!"
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:26 PM   #1620
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i was at my girlfriend's friends house today , conv went like this ...

Her: "So , what did you do all day today?"
Me: "got up around noon and played poker for about 4 hrs and did some laundry and what not"
Her: "how do you afford to play everyday?"
Me: "what do you mean, i have an online bank roll and play within my limits"
Her: "how do you keep putting money everyday on there?"
Me: "i dont"
End Conv

Trying to explain poker to someone who has no clue is impossible. they think you just sit down, put 100 in a game and then repeat over and over again depositing money.
I'm so confused. How is it possible your gf doesn't know and understand at least the basics about poker if you play everyday???

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Yeh, I've had nothing but positive interest. Can't help but think that some of the people here are doing something else to make their friends/family think they're degens.
This is how I feel too. I'm totally open about what I do for a living with everyone I know/meet. I've essentially never had a bad response. Yesterday (in church even!) I ran into a friend who I hadn't talk to since high school probably. She asked me if I really play poker for a living because she'd seen it on my FB page. She was super interested and thought it was pretty amazing. And this is a super straight laced very conservative girl.

So I dunno, I just don't see how everyone has such problems with this, and I suspect there are other reasons involved.

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Old 04-27-2009, 04:00 PM   #1621
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It has gotten to the point if people even mention poker in a new setting I just sit and grill them on it....haha!!! It is nice to play devil's advicate every now and then. Just to see the look on their face just reminds me how much I hate telling everyone what I do!!
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:34 PM   #1622
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If you caught Joan Rivers' spiel on TV the other night as she walked out of Donald Trump's office boardroom/reality show set, you would better understand why I don't tell people I play poker.

Certain age groups, even ones around my age and the older generations especially, just think that poker players are 'worse than white trash.'
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:22 PM   #1623
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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 04-27-2009, 10:12 PM   #1624
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Heh, I didn't think I could be related to someone so ******ed but my father takes the cake. So he starts arguing and talking BS about how he can't believe I'm gambling. I tell him it's a game of skill and it involves math and game theory.

So he shouts "What do you know about anything? You don't know more than me! It's gambling!" (He shouts this from across the room because I'm bigger than him. He knows what would probably happen if he gets up in my face with his foolishness)

I'm like =\ thinking "Can someone really be this dumb and related to ME?"

He knows 0 about poker. He probably doesn't even know the general rules of the game, yet he's trying to say he knows more about it and how it's gambling because you wager money. I point out how buying stock or playing the lottery is also gambling (he does both) because you're putting up money in order to win more money, but there is a risk because there is no guaranteed end result. He talks more nonsense and I zone it out because it's like talking to Sarah Palin.

He later tries to justify by saying diversifying in different stocks lowers the risk. I point out the basic definition of gambling involves ANY risk, no matter how small. Furthermore, I point out how proper poker play is about exploiting players weaker than you and in the long run, the player making less mistakes (the better player) will always profit over the weaker competition. Obviously, he doesn't even understand the basic rules of poker so he just rejects this.
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:13 PM   #1625
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I'm starting to think proper poker play (or any strategic game) brings out strong reasoning skills and intellect because it seems the people who don't play are massive ******s.

Oh I forgot to mention that he thinks playing poker would lead to stealing and a life of crime.

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