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I play to be disciplined in becoming a better player. I refuse to pay to play, I've had my bankroll to a manageable micro status just off of freerolls alone, but I have to admit that making the transition from micro to low stakes is incredibly challenging.
I've started and stopped poker many times in my life. Re-finding the joy for different reasons. I must say that I do enjoy the emotional ups and downs. I mean, the downs not so much lol. But damn the rush of adrenaline when you get a successful bluff through lol. When the game becomes too robotic and "job" like, I think that's when I lose interest. I tried doing it "professionally" as a small-time streamer and it stressed me out 'needing' to win. It's very odd, but I wouldn't mind playing poker full time if I didn't need to win. For me, it's similar to photography. I like doing it, but if I'm forced to do my hobby as a job, it kind of sucks the joy out of it.
I've been playing free poker for almost 5 years, and only later I found out that it is almost legal in my country and tournaments where held, and online poker tournaments are also regulated and held. Ever since then I started to play for money but lost the fun along the way. So, now I am learning through courses and brushing up my skills not to win money, but motivated by the joy of winning a WSOP bracelet or ring, or winning major tournaments, irrespective of the prize pool, I will still enjoy poker.
I want to make money, because now I really need it. But beyond that, poker brings me emotional pleasure. When you lose you get angry, and I often cry because I feel hurt, bad, that I could not win, and other girls can be hurt, bad. Maybe poker is about the goal of proving something to yourself ... I don't know
I always loved playing poker because of the mental aspect, it lets me work my mind and relax in a way after a long day in the lab. In some way its a weird escape from the rest of the world because of how much you have to focus only on the table you're playing. The money you get is just a nice bonus
I have great bankroll management, it started at $0 and it's still at $0
I have never thought about getting rich from poker, I play to increase my bankroll and play at a higher level but it is a long hard grind.
Recently I played several 9 seats Sit and Go's and found that I was always hitting the money mostly 2nd and 3rd places but the occasional win.
So I decided to look at the Stars challenges and there is a "unlock a new Throw-able" I accepted the challenge and have not won a game since.
It's as if they are trying to get more money out of me for a damned Throw-able.
The main thing is I have learned to accept the long losing streaks and take them in my stride now and sure I may lose a few dollars with them but eventually the tide will turn and I will get back to winning again.
Never play with what you cannot afford to lose!