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Based on a very interesting thread I decided to create this one. The original is 'If you won the lottery, would you quit your job???
Lol, not only would I quit poker I would quit my day job instantly, like you don't even know, I would be in the middle of the floor celebrating before I even took the picture with the bracelet calling in to work "Hey I ain't coming back to work, EVER!" I would still coach somewhere but I don't know if it would still be at my current high school after I would quit that way but I would be done with my day job forever. This was an easy answer for me because it's the same thing I would do if I won the lottery, it may not be the same amount of money but it would be the same result.
My ideia with this thread is to understand the motivation of you guys when it comes to play the poker game. Is about passion? Is about fun? About some bucks?
So, If you beat the large Main Event field in the World Series of Poker and put 10 millions in your pocket (no stacking, no backing, just you receiving this incredible prize 100% yours)...
...Would you stop playing poker or raise the stakes?
In my case I have no doubt: raise the stakes every time.
I would certainly keep playing poker, I love playing this game, I love teaching this game, heck... I love everything about this game!
I don't think I'd raise the stakes though, keeping the buyins at $10k is probably the most reasonable play, no need to go butt heads with those super high roller stars like Ali Imsirovic and Charlie Carrel!
I would continue to play poker, but I would not play at breathtaking heights. I would play an average of 11-85 dollars, sometimes with high stakes up to 215-530 dollars. And would have made several trips to several live tournaments per year. But I would not devote much time to the game. And he devoted more time to his relatives and friends, engaged in self-improvement on the spiritual plane.
If I've won, I believe I'll slowdown a bit.. maybe play to spend few hours and have a nice time.. wouldn't mind about being that focused on winning I think. But its just a thought right?! I mean.. maybe it's completely the opposite and I feel like playing more because I proved myself that it's possible
I wouldnt quit but I dont think I would play as much afterwards. I would be like a Bill Cower. The dream is to win the WSOP, so that means I would have conquered that feat and since the payout would be so good I would focus more on my other passions. They also make money and are more fulfilling and dont have the risk of being a degenerate poker player armed with a huge bankroll and confidence that I can win at the biggest level... that could lead to trouble
I once told myself i'll play the game even if we were gambling crayons or something else. So i'll definitely keep playing and raise the stakes just for the fun of it. It's actually a game where it becomes easier the higher the stakes are in a live game because it's easier to read people and when large amounts of money is at stakes sometimes you can't control your body language and give clues away, opponents also fold more than if it was low stakes. so the game becomes much easier to control and real rather than playing bingo.
I would not be deceived by the money, I would play the limits I always played and I would make a reservation to keep myself safe in case something happens, raising the limit like that just because of a big hit does not mean anything
If I won the WSOP Main Event, I would still continue to play, but not any higher than I would now. I'd probably invest in a top of the line PC so I can play on a better machine. I would stick with levels that I am comfortable playing at, not against the wizards or anything like that.....I like having that kind of money too much.
I'd still play the WSOP Main Event though, that would definitely be a given.
Somebody asked me what my favourite hand is, and I said "The one that takes all your chips".
If I shove and you call, I'll show.
IN this order
secure the monies
secure an tax attorney
secure a legal attorney
secure a publicist
disappear for 3-6 months
travel around and play for 6 months.
Move back to Las vegas
my shark scope reads, "Glaucus atlanticus".
I would as quickily as could transform myself into a ROCK STAR type player and startbeing as over the top as possible in hope all this would set me as an ambassador type or get me in a special guest over and over for the rest of my life. I see so many of the last 10 years of WSOP winners fade into nothing, no spotlight, no itnerviews no keeping htier name out there, man you got the vehicle and this is when you transfer out of poker into celebrity poker
I mean who ya wanna be Ryan Reese or Phil Helmuth, they both got the bracelet, DRESS ME UP LIKE CEASER AND I WILL MAKE PEOPLE BOW DOWN TO ME as I enter the poker game, instead of being that dude who dresses in his favorite sports jersey and just plays boring great poker after winning the TITLE
I wouldn't quit poker, I'd raise the stakes, if I won WSOP. But a portion I wouldn't touch, if needed some for a rainy day. Still would work as well, work is healthy , for the mind and socializing is healthy too.