How Come I haven't met anyone who admits they're down?

Since I started playing poker, I


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Vegas Cat

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I've been playing poker for 2 years online and live and whenever I meet poker players and ask them how they are doing, they all say they are up.

I've never met someone who willing admits, yeah I'm down a couple hundred, or I'm down a couple thousand, etc.

Supposedly 95% of Poker Players do not make money, so where are all the losers if I keep meeting the 5% who win all the time?

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I suppose you know this really, but I'll give the obvious response - people lie sometimes. ;)
 
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www.officialpokerranking.com - you can look people up for MTTs to check (at least since they started the site). You can also browse to losers. Similar tools for SnGs do the same job. I'm not sure about cash games, but someone's probably datamining.

I think part of it is that some people rationalise the losses. "I was drunk", "I was learning" etc so that the losses don't count, while the wins are all remembered.

When I started playing I was adamant that I was going to track every penny. First to make sure I didn't develop a problem, and secondly in the event that I made money, I wanted to be able to prove it to my family and friends.
 
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Well I'm not ashamed to admit it, I'm not a winning player yet, but since I joined this forum, my deposits in my poker site have been less, not in size but frequency.
I use to deposit every two weeks, but as of late I have been depositing every four weeks.
 
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Last year was my first year ahead, thanks to a $2000 win in a MTT. The two years before that I lost at least a few hundred each year though...
 
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I don't really keep track that much. I play all types of games, buyins, freerolls and play chips. And I play at a lot of sites. I play for fun. So I really don't keep track too much. I would say I lean a little to the loss side though.
 
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I'm actually superstitious about talking about my status. I even posted about it recently in my blog. Yeah, it's stupid. I know.

Overall, I'm down some.
 
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I carefully log all my games on an excel spreadsheet. I am certain that is a good part of the reason I am a winning player. I know precisely on which sites, at which buy-ins, and even at what time of day I am most consistently successful.

By using that information and having the self-discipline to grind away at my most successful games (which are not always the ones I most enjoy), I make sure that I win reasonably steadily.
 
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my bankroll says that i'm a winning player due to 5-6 recent very deep finishes in 4k+ person mtt's, but i know in the grand scheme of things i have a lot to learn before i will consider myself a 'winning player'. i want to be a better sng player before i decide that i'm a winning player.
 
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ive been keeping a record, it goes like this,i've put about 700 dollars on the line on a holdem table, i have nothing to show for it right now, therefore, i'm not a winning player
 
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I'm actually superstitious about talking about my status. I even posted about it recently in my blog. Yeah, it's stupid. I know.

i can tell :( i was trying to be friendly when i asked what you had last night, just so i could tell if i had any sort of read on you at all and you wouldnt say anything. im not there to win your money, (i usually purposely play badly in cc tourneys just for fun) im trying to make myself better & learn how to play different styles.
 
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right now, i am a losing player because i have just recently started playing. i plan on learning the different playing styles, and the odds on different hands. i have made it to the FT in a couple of 1500+ person tournys, but thats where the really good players knock me out.
 
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my bankroll says that i'm a winning player due to 5-6 recent very deep finishes in 4k+ person mtt's


I envy your patience, joose.


I myself am so far a 'winning player', though I play very sporadically, often above my BR limits and have made some good dough on a few lucky MTTs, and I'm sure that if I were to play say 5 SnGs a day consistently, I'd be about a break-even player.
 
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such a good question

i guess, you win then u wanna tell someone, you lose you don't

human nature
 
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Why in the world would I tell you? :confused: Why in the world would you believe me if I did? :confused: :D
 
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i can tell :( i was trying to be friendly when i asked what you had last night, just so i could tell if i had any sort of read on you at all and you wouldnt say anything. im not there to win your money, (i usually purposely play badly in cc tourneys just for fun) im trying to make myself better & learn how to play different styles.
Sorry, dude. I have a policy of only revealing my hand if it serves a purpose for me. Hope you understand. And I AM there to take everyone's money. Besides, no one hardly ever chats with me at those things anyway, unless it's about a hand (or punk rock. LOL). So I might as well concentrate on winning. Sorry again.
 
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im here for the community. like, playing poker with my grandma. if you want to take my money that badly, then go for it i guess.
 
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I'm normally always willing ot admit I'm down, I haven't been playing online that much, made 2 minimum buy-ins at poker stars ($25) first one at the end of last summer... it only lasted about a week. Then I made another deposit in mid Sept of last year and I've been floating up and down between about $50 and $10... but I hit a tough streak lately that I couldn't win anything no matter what and the result is the following:

My goal now is to use my FPP for pokerstars "freerolls" and see if I can get back up:rolleyes:
 

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Up and down

i am up in high blind no limit live action but I am down on pokerstars and the prima poker networks.
 
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In my lifetime at Titan Poker I am down... was the first place I played so I was bad. At Absolute I'm way up. At Party I'm up. At Full Tilt I'm up, but not by that much yet.
 
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Well, I track every penny in a spreadsheet for both tourney and ring games. I know exactly where how much is, where it went, etc. So I can state my long term position with certainty. It isn't gut feeling or forgeting about some loses. Nope, but that's me.
 
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Ill fully admit tht i am down bout 150$ over 1 half yrs but i am dr jekyll mr hyde it all depends on when i play but then who cares bout te money its all bout the thrill of the big wins sod roi n bb per hr but thn thts just me:D
 
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People only brag when they are ahead. Over all I'm ahead since $20 is the only money that has come out of my bank account. Now if you ask about my winnings in 2007 I'll wait until I'm ahead again to answer you :D
 
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