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I would like to say yes but unfortunately my family does not like gambling. for my friends. they are more interested in horse games or soccer. the only question he asks me every time. How much money do you make in poker?
At the moment, poker is my hobby. I would really like it to become my life. In my family, gambling has always been negative and some of my friends also think so, but when I started making little money with poker, my family and friends supported me, they saw that I know how to control myself and that’s why they don’t worry about me and are happy with mine success. I started playing poker about 10 years ago, it was live tournaments and cash, I played nights at night, at that time poker was the main source of my income. Then for some time I worked as a dealer, and continued to play, but gradually in our clubs they stopped playing hold'em and started playing 4 and 5 card Omaha, as well as Courchevel, and then all the clubs were gradually closed due to the law on the ban gambling in Ukraine. In the future, I would like to learn how to play professionally and devote my life to it.
For now I can call poker a hobby because I don't live on it, it's just another way of trying to get an extra income. But I am totally in love with this game, but my family doesn't play it, so nobody supports me because they say it's a game of chance. But I don't listen, because it's something I love and I will never give up and play poker.
Significant other definitely just tolerate and in some cases annoyed. The only way to turn her around is with real results. Think about it, you are distracted from giving her attention for hours, and then sometimes you take a bad beat and come off it in a bad mood ... if you are not bringing in good money, what's to like it from her perspective?
I can not say that my family likes it as i am the only one playing poker among my relatives. In my country most people still consider poker as pure gambling. I took my time to explain the difference between poker and gambling and keep my family informed about the status of my bankroll and game. I still can not say that they like it and they do not show any interest to play themselves but at least seeing that i play for hobby without risking any significant amount of money and i still win few $ sometimes they accept it.
Do your friends and family share your passion for poker?Do you tell them about your victories and defeats?Their attitude?
My wife plays too (not online), so she will sit with me sometimes while I'm playing and play along. I think it's easy for her to be "OK" with my hobby, because she understands that I'm mostly playing for fun and it provides some extra income for us.
Taking time to enjoy the little things.
I can share poker stories with my son, who actually signed up for Cardschat initially...hence the skateboarding pic. My wife does not play or understand the game, and she will only complain when I play too much, leaving little time for us. When that happens, I may stop for a few weeks.
Family doesn't "get it", GF loves and hates it. Loves that I bring home the money, hates that I'm out until all hours of the night, doesn't get why I can't just get up at 8 and "hit the tables", like there'd be action lol.
They accepted that this is one of my hobbies, but cannot get excited about it as I can. I spend so much money to get here, but I don't regret it, cause it was an educational circle. Now I don't deposit, and have huge successes at freerolls. I become self-confident, and know what bankroll I need to move on.
So years made me a better poker player, and when I 'll get money from it, they would not judge me as much, but I was playing this road alone. This community now is my backup. And maybe my beloved ones can relate to my new me..
I won’t say that they support me in my passion for rocker, I’ll say that they don’t condemn me. I believe that any hobby of a loved one should be supported until it turns into fanaticism that upsets or hurts your loved ones.
only one friend supports me in what I do, I spend a lot of time in poker rooms, but I haven't had any major gains, I raised $ 600 from the bank for a few years, everyone around me was happy then, but since then everyone is mostly laughing, but i miss 'when the last one laughs, the sweetest one laughs'
I grew up Mormon, and all my family members still are, even though I am not. they absolutely do not agree with my decision to be involved with poker. gambling to them is morally wrong. this makes it hard share my passion for the game at all. I have come to understand that you can't live for other people, you have to live for yourself and for the Lord. What you do in life is between you and Him, not other people, so frankly, I don't care what my family thinks about the hobby.