Originally Posted by captZEEbo
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?
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While it's true that some people in this thread may be overly hostile towards people asking about their hobby/job, in many of the listed cases, I would say that it's not unwarranted. There's a world of difference between expressing interest and telling one how to indulge in his hobby or work his job. For whatever reason, almost everyone thinks they understand poker well, when in reality very few do. Listening to a cocky homegame hero, whose poker experience consists of only beating his friends in $5 SnGs, preach to you about the proper play for crappy broadway hands is just an aggravating experience. And even people who don't know jack about poker feel that they're qualified to lecture us on the inevitability of our bustoness: "You better stop before you lose it all." I don't go up to my friends and start lecturing them using my lack of knowledge on their field of specialty, nor do I make uneducated statements about the pitfalls of their career choice. Or what about the famous "How much did you lose?" I understand that it stems from people's experience with degenerates who can't grasp the idea of net amounts, but it doesn't change the fact that the question is rather stupid. I have no problem answering the questions of someone who has some sincere interest in the game or maybe just learning about why people enjoy it, but many of the situations people are talking about wouldn't fall under this category.
That being said, I don't think all of the negative comments towards this thread are unwarranted either. I have no idea why people are bragging about their 4-figure rolls, or how ballin' they are doing $50 flips. Many of these stories would be just fine without numbers, yet some people feel the need to insert an unnecessary snippet about their $5k roll. I'd say the worst is the people who post about the "****ty jobs" their friends work. WTF, seriously. A lot of this thread revolves around others looking down upon our hobby/job, and people in here decide that it's their place to look down upon the jobs of others? And specifically the jobs of their friends, no less. Excluding a select few people, most of us are not god's gift to poker (hell, most are not even winning players) and we should be thankful that we lucked into such a lucrative hobby.
Just my $0.02.
Last edited by Dazarath; 08-13-2009 at 03:34 PM.