Poker is a massive part of my exitance, but its sad how few people I can discuss it with. Its especially big for me at the moment as I am spending loads of time grinding to help fund a potential holiday to Vegas.
In terms of other players I know, one of my old mates used to play professionally, but got a job for long term security and to reduce his stress levels. Another couple of old pals used to play to make a nice side income, in fact they probably still do.
There are only about 5 people I know at the moment who are aware I play. The problem is poker has some kind of bad stigma attached to it, people are too quick to lump poker players in to the same group of people that spend all day in the bookmakers or playing fruit machines. They fail to comprehend that some poker players have a massive edge against the people they play.
A girlfriend of one of my mates always asked me if I still played poker everytime we meet up as a group. She kept telling me to quit while I was ahead. She is an educated person in a good job but there is no point trying to reason. I eventually got fed up and told her I stopped playing just to shut her up.
I bet my work colleagues would all look down on me if they knew I played pretty much every night. Even though I make several hundred pounds extra every month, and they just watch rubbish on TV every night like zombies. I wonder if there are other people at my work that are in the same boat as me. I kind of doubt it, but I guess in some work places there must be other people that grind the microstakes.
I could just inagine me going in one day and saying that I made £250 last month playing poker, I have no doubt that first first reply would be....."yes, but how much did you lose?".........
Im so glad tha Cardschat exists and I can discuss the game with so many great likeminded people.