Originally Posted by pro417
...Make sure you have the funds and the patience to play poker for money...
Tell jokes for money
Sing for money
Play . (sport) .
Race for money
Shoot pool for money
Get married... to lose money... guess that doesn't count
Collect . (timely collectible) .
Never understood why people think poker is this "dark" hobby. ANY hobby can become costly and many people can get caught up in ANY hobby and spend their entire paycheck, or whatever is above their spending limit. Poker just happens to be a hobby/sport...whatever, which you don't (always) get something tangible for spending your cash on.
Example: How many people have how much $$ worth of BEANIE BABIES laying around their house? Not as much $$ as they thought they would
...but I guess the 5 minutes it took to spend $500 on a (now worthless) beanie baby was more important than the hours on end a person can spend playing/enjoying poker.