This is a discussion on Why are you playing? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; Is it for fun or money? Often we think it's for one but our actions say something entirely different. If both, how do we balance
I play for fun but if I can win a little money it becomes even more exciting ... although at the moment I only play freeroll tournaments since I want to accumulate so that later I can play at real money tables
Surely a little for both, for fun and why not to earn a little extra.
Finally, for me who is starting out, it's not about to arrive, i have so much to learn. There are wolves everywhere outside.
For the moment i'm having a good time and despite my defeats i'm trying to learn lessons.
"Normal is an illusion.What is normal to the spider is chaos to the fly."
I play for both things, money is a motivation that makes you overcome your game when you participate in big tournaments, and at the same time you also play because all of us who play poker do not think that there is only one who does not love the game, its mystery, his strategy, his way of enjoying it, something like no other.
I play poker because I enjoy psychology and I enjoy games; poker seems like a good mix to test my skills. It may sound cliche, but I really do play for the challenge as well as to improve - just for the sake of seeing "how good" I might get.
I would like to play poker just for fun, but when it brings additional significant earnings, you have to take it very, very seriously, especially pokerrooms are not very fond of when someone earns too much or too often.
I just love playing poker, I think it's the best card game in the world, I play a lot of my free time and that's my hobby, but otherwise it would be nice to make a living out of it, there must be people who work and make a living.
I play for fun, but i really enjoy winning small prizes with freerolls. With this money i bet on football matches again. So i can keep myself very sweet with these hobbies and actually earn nothing at all.
Both. But my history is like that, I used to play chess and Im really good on it. And I always know how yo play poker but never stop and study, so I thougth that if I play poker with the same way I play chess I could be good and win money with that. Thats why I change.
I Play poker as one of my purposes in life and focus on the process of preparing/playing tournaments. I give my best effort to focus on finishing 1st in each tournament I play. I have no ambition to make poker my sole source of income and don't really focus on making money while playing. If I win some money I will plan to use it wisely afterwards but while playing I'm sorely focused on winning the tournament. Doing this I find I don't try to just finish in the money so I play more aggressive around the bubbles and at final tables. I never take deals unless it's a live mtt and they wanna give a small amount to the bubble with 16 players left or something. No deals when there's 3-5 players left etc and big pay jumps because I feel I can exploit players wanting to win a little more money and doing this gives me a edge to perhaps take down 1st place.
It's depends of my mood.. Sometimes I play because I want to improve my skills, sometimes I want to win something - just as a fact that I more lucky\more skilled as I feel this time. It's good feeling - be winner, be better than somebody, and I think at least 50% of guys who plays games - play for this)