WOW EVERYONE IN THIS THREAD NEEDS TO CALM THE [censored] DOWN AND BE HAPPY SOMEONE CARES ENOUGH TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR JOB. CAN YOU GUYS HONESTLY SAY YOU KNEW HOW POKER WORKED BEFORE YOU GOT INTO IT EITHER?
Yeah, why does everyone think that he is the most interesting person in the world and someone who has no clue how to play would be asking so much questions about his "carier"?
Get a clue, most of the askers are just being polite.
I don't care if some guy is a programmer, engineer or a doctor, why would they?
A few that are actually interested don't know anything about poker and all they heard about is some degenerate who lost all his money on slot machines.
And yeah, most of them saw those movies where it went like " omg, i changed 3 cards and i have a full house, i bet 100000$" and his opponent has straight flush and raises him his company and his wife and if he doesn't call, he looses.
I actually enjoy talking to my friends about poker, cause i taught them all to play.
I talk about it to my family, cause i taught my dad to play and he is a very successful play money high stakes player for a year now
Even my grandmothers learned that i make money so they only encourage me to play.
At first my family was worried, that i can lose it all in one hand, like "what if you have a great hand and your opponent has the unbeatable hand and you bet all your money and lose?Or what if your opponent bets a lot of money, that you don't have, can you loan the money to call?You can lose everything.".
I explained them about all-in rules, capped buy-ins and bankroll management, so they are very supportive now after seeing that i make money.
And i played HU with my friends after teaching them, so they are interested too, asking me from time to time how it goes.
Few asked if i can teach them further sometimes.
I got bored at beating them, so i suggested that we would play for money, but only from my side, so if i lose, i pay them their 5-10$, to make it interesting.
So far i didn't lose
I made more than 5k last month, in Israel that means much more than in USA, so when people ask me how much i am making and i tell them "well, last month i earned 5k from poker" (and i have a job besides poker too), they are very impressed.
Also, a lot of tournament poker is shown on TV, i played in Israeli league which was televised on national sports channel, so poker has a more appealing look now and people realise that it's not just gambling.
So, my experiences in this field are actually positive.