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Old 02-20-2010, 02:59 AM   #2301
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Re: Why I don\'t tell people I play poker.

him: "oh, really?"
me: "yeah"

For the next ten minutes, I'm stuck listening to how he won $40 at a home game once and that he prefers pocket twos to pocket aces.

Lol.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:58 AM   #2302
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

tried to have a poker conversation with a friend. obvious fail


him: is this real money ?
me: yeah of course
him: but how do you know they gonna pay you ?
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:08 PM   #2303
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I have a friend who knows I play poker, knows the extreme basics like AA is a good starting hand but AK sucks because he never hits 2 pair

Anyway I havent been playing for a great deal of time (8 months) but I had a deep run in a tourni the other night live and I told him because Ive played a few tournis lately and he knows Ive played online but Ive always busted before cashing but making ok runs

He scrunches up his face and says "have you even won a tournament at the casino yet?"
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:30 PM   #2304
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Love this thread very inspirational
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:54 PM   #2305
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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I have a friend who knows I play poker, knows the extreme basics like AA is a good starting hand but AK sucks because he never hits 2 pair

Anyway I havent been playing for a great deal of time (8 months) but I had a deep run in a tourni the other night live and I told him because Ive played a few tournis lately and he knows Ive played online but Ive always busted before cashing but making ok runs

He scrunches up his face and says "have you even won a tournament at the casino yet?"
he has a point. Deep runs/ok runs in a tourney but dont cash. Does not compute.
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Old 02-20-2010, 08:05 PM   #2306
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Whenever people said the "if I give you $20, can you double it" I laughed and joked around. You mean people are actually serious when they say that ****??
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:02 AM   #2307
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Suggestion for next discussion:

"OMG So you play poker?"

"yes"

"but how can you win?"

"I dunno, i just put the money on the table and get lucky, its the darndest thing"

You gotta think metagame here. If you go around saying "its skill, you win in the longrun etc etc" its -EV for good poker players. Just say you get lucky all the time, its way better EV
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:44 AM   #2308
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

Bank Teller Lady: Where is this check from?
Me: Canada, I think.
Bank Teller Lady: Do you work there?
Me: No, I play poker online.
Bank Teller Lady: Don't you know that's gambling?
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:56 AM   #2309
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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Bank Teller Lady: Where is this check from?
Me: Canada, I think.
Bank Teller Lady: Do you work there?
Me: No, I play poker online.
Bank Teller Lady: Don't you know that's gambling?
always my fear =)
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:36 AM   #2310
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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Bank Teller Lady: Where is this check from?
Me: Canada, I think.
Bank Teller Lady: Do you work there?
Me: No, I play poker online.
Bank Teller Lady: Don't you know that's gambling?
Bank Teller Lady: Where is this check from?
Me: Canada, I think.
Bank Teller Lady: Do you work there?
Me: No, I helped some dude with his website.
Bank Teller Lady: Oh my son set up internet on my computer but I never use it. Here's your money sir.

Wouldn't this be much easier ?
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:37 PM   #2311
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

sitting in the lounge at my school

"dude are you playing online poker?"

"yes"

"yo guys! come watch this guy play online poker!"

"..."
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:11 PM   #2312
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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Bank Teller Lady: Where is this check from?
Me: Canada, I think.
Bank Teller Lady: Do you work there?
Me: No, I helped some dude with his website.
Bank Teller Lady: Oh my son set up internet on my computer but I never use it. Here's your money sir.

Wouldn't this be much easier ?
It would be, but the thing is that people feel the need to show off their baller status by saying they play poker. They don't realize how others perceive this. I just say I run a home based business. Same when playing live, I own a home based business. Not too far off, most regs I play live with, still think I run my business I had a few years back, or just living off the "big money I must have made"
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:43 PM   #2313
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oh, i'm from spain and here only like 1% of people play poker, i thought that in usa was very normal talk of poker with friends
Casual poker. Poker as a living is another story entirely.
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:47 PM   #2314
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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Suggestion for next discussion:

"OMG So you play poker?"

"yes"

"but how can you win?"

"I dunno, i just put the money on the table and get lucky, its the darndest thing"

You gotta think metagame here. If you go around saying "its skill, you win in the longrun etc etc" its -EV for good poker players. Just say you get lucky all the time, its way better EV
this. And then offer to put money on their account for cash. BADDA BING BANG POW
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:17 PM   #2315
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I have seen it a million times in this thread but the flip my money for me thing is now making me want to punch there faces
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:56 PM   #2316
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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sitting in the lounge at my school

"dude are you playing online poker?"

"yes"

"yo guys! come watch this guy play online poker!"

"..."
classic

Then you have 5 morrons sweating you and they're like "come on play, win mone y !" and they're like "you suck you do not play good poker" because you didn't win money 5 mins after you sat or that one of your bet got raised and you lost like 1/5 stack or something
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:22 PM   #2317
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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sitting in the lounge at my school

"dude are you playing online poker?"

"yes"

"yo guys! come watch this guy play online poker!"

"..."
WTF did you expect? you are playing online poker in a public setting... If you don't like the attention play in your room.
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:55 PM   #2318
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

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Bank Teller Lady: Where is this check from?
Me: Canada, I think.
Bank Teller Lady: Do you work there?
Me: No, I play poker online.
Bank Teller Lady: Don't you know that's gambling?
omg been there except it was like this

Bank Teller Lady: What is this check for?
Me: I kill fish, collect frogs, try and stay away from the sharks
Bank Teller Lady: Do you work there fishing?
Me: if theres fish, but if theres sharks the frogs dont come around and shibbit
Bank Teller Lady: heres your money have a nice day
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:37 PM   #2319
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

I work hosting free league poker tournaments in pubs (sick beat) and I play fairly seriously live at the only casino in the city...

Anyway, Saturday night I was actually playing 2/3 PLO, which was actually the biggest game in terms of min-buyin in the poker room. The min was $200, but almost everyone around $500 in front of them, myself about 600. Anyway, it crossed my mind the next day at work that I was playing $500 pots regularly in this game, then the next day working for around a quarter of that for the night. This rather saddened me, and I mentioned it to a regular pub player, who responded with

"If you were as good as me, you would be crushing these guys"

He has made two freeleague final tables (9 of maybe 40) in the last 5 attempts as far as I know...

This followed with 20 minutes or so of complex strat, most of which involved limp folding 5 BB's deep, calling a lot OOP with low suited connectors, and if I turn over my cards last before a race I increase my chance of winning by 20%
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:52 PM   #2320
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

yeah, but what do you expect?
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Old 03-07-2010, 01:30 PM   #2321
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It's hopeless to talk w/ anyone about it, except people who play. I've tried and now I know better.
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Old 03-07-2010, 01:33 PM   #2322
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I'm at a birthday shindig, all the girls go off to the bathroom and I'm talking to some guy. He's talking about work (he picks up garbage off the streets... no joke) and then when the girls get back, one of them listening in is like, "hey, do you know what he (me) does for a living? He plays poker on the internet."

him: "oh, really?"
me: "yeah"

For the next ten minutes, I'm stuck listening to how he won $40 at a home game once and that he prefers pocket twos to pocket aces.

What negative experiences have you guys had when someone found out you play poker for a living and/or on the internet?
I dont play for a living, but do play on a regualr basis.

When people start talking about poker, I always feel uncomfortable because asll I want to do, is tell them how much of a donk they sound.
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:25 AM   #2323
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Re: Why I don't tell people I play poker.

OMG OMG OMG! This thread is solid gold... I've got most of these since years I play poker... feels good not to be alone...
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:18 AM   #2324
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Nope, but I'm a little smarter than a two year old monkey with down syndrome, so its all good.
I lol'd
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:49 AM   #2325
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People always want to learn how to do it too or the cliche... "Hey man, what if I give you $300 of my money for you to double it, can you do that?"
I just, "I sure could, but I prefer to do it with $300 of my own so I can keep it."

Also, on it being rigged, a bad idea, or -EV in general, I go with:

"Oh, you're probably right." Then ignore them. It's surprisingly effective.

I also like,

Me: "Hey, what did you do for fun last weekend?"

Them: "Random activity of my choosing."

Me: "So, how much did you lose?"


Then, if a person is too dense to not see the comparison between spending $10 playing in a MTT for a few hours and spending $10 seeing a movie, I just resort to imagining them choking on their own tongue or running into closed glass doors.
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