This is a discussion on Poker game to win or for hobby, what do you think? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; I always want to play to win, but there are times when just participating I am already satisfied.
Anyone who plays poker is by nature competitive and likely wants to improve their game - that's why we all have arrived on this forums. So, in one sense we all aim for the win.
That said, I am happy to make it past the bubble, to reach a final table let alone win a tourney. I can take great delight in playing one hand really well and I think this shows (hopefully) I have a healthy attitude to the game.
What attracted me to poker (a game which came at me in a circuitous manner) was the mental aspect of the game - how people weathered the inevitable ups and downs, the bad beats whilst playing correctly. That fascinated me above all else and I thought was by definition a 'life lesson'.
Even though many times people have not believed me on this, money or any financial gain was a secondary issue to me when I first became hooked on poker. Yes, my thinking has developed and evolved but at core, it's still 'the love of the game'.
When I first started playing poker it was the win in this game. It was very important to me that I really liked poker and during the course I was not so worried about winning but why poker offers me, the feeling of good, of pleasure, I can say that it is like a hobby. As for the money right now after a few years of playing poker I can say that they are not winning but not losing. I learned to enjoy when I win and to accept when I lose. If I didn't see things like that maybe it would become a monotony ...
For me, poker is a hobby. But I hope that in the future, thanks to poker, I will be able to make regular profits. Right now I am trying to build a bankroll, gain experience, refine my skills and just enjoy the game.
my main goal is always to have fun, i play much better and less stressed, of course, my target as everybody else is getting deep in any tournament. but i notice when i get obsessive with only get the money does not work well
for me it's both. it's a hobby because i make money and i like to win. i'm literally always multi tasking while playing a couple tables. i can't just solely focus on poker unless it's a live game. i think if i shifted my focus to poker, i can do well at the higher non micro levels, but right now i'm completely happy with my success
For some, this game is a hobby, and someone would like to earn money on it, if his health allows. I'm glad that there are a lot of players with different interests in poker, and let all this remain for fun. I love fun players.
I have a dream of playing poker for a living, but currently only play out of enjoyment. I don't do things I know I should do simply because I enjoy breaking those rules more. But I know that if one day I were to become a serious player then I would have to completely overhaul my approach. Until then, I'm still hoping I can luck my way into big successes.
Poker it's not hobby ..If you lose your money it's good to delete your account ..play for win.. if you don't have SKILLS to play just play for fun with no real money ..for me it's a way to make some money
As in any business, it is good to combine business with pleasure, I think that when you start your way in poker it is a hobby, as soon as the results appear on an ongoing basis it becomes also a means of earning.
Poker for me is a hobby, I don't play so much to be more than that, but one day I will focus more on this hobby because maybe who knows I will end up playing in Las Vegas or Paris, but until then keep dreaming )
Personally I think I am an average player, I have hit the final table a few times in MTT events and cashed out,but to be honest not winning much.
I once played on a site that offered a £10 freeroll every night and there was usually only 20 to 30 players and it got a bit embarrassing hitting final table every night.
I actually ran up £150 over a couple of weeks and then started playing on another site that paid out tourney points that you could trade in for cash but they were bigger tourneys and I enjoy the challenge.
I eventually ran up around £160 on this other site but thought I was getting better rewards in the £10 freerolls so went back to the first only to find they had stopped the poker site and had concentrated on sports betting.
I eventually got the cash paid into my bank account, because I explained that although I enjoy the game of poker, I do not like to gamble especially if I am betting on another person or teams performance.
If I fall at the first hand in poker I only have myself to blame, If a football team failed I would be cursing the whole Team