What motivates you to play poker?
Prove you're a winner
Not really, maybe partly to myself, but if it's true it's far down on the list.
Socialize, meet people
This is a benefit, but I wouldn't call it a reason I play
Yeah right, poker is fun, but it isn't exactly relaxing
Get excitement of risk
No, if this is a main reason, you probably have a gambling addiction
Test self against competitive challenge
This is a lot of it for me, fun competition
Sense of accomplishment from winning
I do get a sense of accomplishment when I win, but it's hardly the reason I play
To the extent that I have to fill the time somehow, and poker's the best way to fill the time I end up playing poker
Escape pressures of job and/or family
Gambling addiction? Poker should not be an escape.
It's just the money, really...
Money is certainly a perk
Other, please list below
I play because the game is fun. It helps in all walks of life mostly with decision-making and problem-solving. I've found I'm pretty decent at it and it's a lot of fun to play, and I have a long way to go, but I'm willing to work to get better. I hope to get to the point where I can depend on it for at least a secondary income (spending money ). If any of these reasons were the only reason, I don't think poker would be worth it. I don't know how anyone can be good at poker without at least somewhat enjoying the game. Sure plenty of people do jobs they don't like, but poker is something you have to be engaged in, and someone who dislikes the game and just does it for the money will probably find they aren't getting much money. Anyway, that's all I have to say for now. It's getting late and I'm tired.