re: Poker & How much is "fun" for you?
Originally Posted by Poker Orifice
Is it fun? Is making money the 'fun' part?
Personally I play to win and have fun while attempting to do so.
I think there might be room for interpretation as far as what is meant by 'fun'. When I say I have fun playing poker, I'm not suggesting that I play whimsically... 'for fun'.. who gives a fk if I win or lose... just call/raise/shove/fold.. cuz it's 'fun'... weeeeeeeee. Um.. no.. not at all. I play poker because it's still fun. For myself, if I were to play to make money, I really don't think it'd be fun anymore. (not suggesting I don't like to win money).
I'd been trying to figure out how to phrase my own attitude, but you put it well. +1
I'll add that poker was, originally, when I started, more adrenaline charged, more exciting -- now the fun is in seeing the crazy things that happen and trying to deal with it. The game is a puzzle, as you try to fit the players, position, cards, EV into their places each hand and see if you can solve the riddle each hand presents. That's
@ K_Kahne_Fan ---A fun home game would need, for every person, the potential of winning enough to make it slightly worthwhile monetarily, but not losing so much it hurts. The level needs to be right to make it a fun night with pals, win or lose. Some people are OK with losing $100, some would feel pain and not have fun. Some people don't feel any excitement if they do not have much on the line.
A poll won't do it, unless it's a poll among the very people you want to get together to play. But even more -- it's who
is there. Everybody needs to be in the same financial ballpark or willing to play "seriously" (i.e., not shoving every hand and laughing uproariously) for less than they might, and everyone needs to be able to laugh at a beat. There's also the balance between those who think poker is gambling and those who think there's skill.