My mother was also afraid for me when I told her I was playing poker, both of her brothers had a gambling problem so I completely understood her position.
This was back in 2008 well before Black Friday happened in America (which basically ended the dream, thanks US Government you bastards LOL)
As for Mom... she didn't criticize me for very long. You see, I had my biggest score ever back then, taking second place in a 3-dollar-rebuy tournament that ended up with a prize pool of over $73K (that's a LOT of 3-dollar pops!!!! I saved the screenshot of course, 6111 entries with 15,335 rebuys and 3051 addons LMAO)
With the proceeds of that score, I bought Mom a big-screen television that still hangs on her wall today, almost 13 years later. She's never criticized me once since then.
Today, in the so-called "Land of the Free", my main poker site is Poker Stars play chips... and I dabble with freeroll monies on a few other gray-market sites like ACR and BOL... but the glory days are long gone, there are no more HDTV purchases on my horizon. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted. And it sure didn't last long enough.
At first they complained and thought it was a waste of time and apart they looked at it as just another gambling game, but over the years they have realized that it is a fun sport to play in which you can make a good sum of money if you learn to play moderate then they no longer interfere with my game like they used to. Regards.
My daughter didn't like it when I played because I was nervous but she said it was because of the cigarette so I stopped smoking and now I'm winning more so my daughter is happier because when I win she earns $$$ too.
I don't abuse poker and it doesn't affect my family at all so they support me because they know that this game is recreational for me after a day of work, I don't play every day, a few times a week in the evening ..
They support it but literally no one understands it. My only frustration is them not wanting to try to understand it beyond "gambling".
I remember in 2003 I was 18 just graduated high school. The boom had just happened and everyone was playing all the time. A group of about 12 of us would play $5-$10 SNG for days on end. I got into an argument with my mom and moving out came up, she said "maybe your poker buddies will give you place to sleep" but she said it with the disgust and attitude you would say "your druggy loser friends". She doesn't know how deep that cut but Ill never forget that.
well ,,,, in my personal case .... if I have such important support ... that allows you to play poker in a very calm and relaxed way .... it would be very difficult to be successful ,,, and above all to enjoy of poker without family support
Complete support for my recreational poker playing (live and online) from my wife. My two grown children are fine with it. One grandson is in awe and loves to play heads-up with me (no money). Just wait till he turns legal age to gamble. Then I will take his money - he bluffs too often.
I can't say that they support me as in my country poker is still considered gambling by most of the older generation. Good thing is that seeing that i balance poker well with my duties and other hobbies and i don't spend big amount of money on it they accept it as just another of my hobbies.
Sometimes they get annoyed when I spend a lot of time in front of the computer, but when I make a profit and invite them to eat or go out, they do not say anything .. lol I'm a recreational person who sometimes makes some extra money
I don't even tell my parents that I play poker even though I am grown ass man. My mother considers any gamling is stupid. If she finds out she'll just think that I am gamgling my life away even though it's just penny poker for fun.
Only knowledge that my family has about poker are stereotypes from TV, it is gambling only, it is dangerous adictive, soner or later you will loose everything. But they do not trouble me, I do not play for big money and I am not gambling type of person.