jmbreslin, on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008, 3:04 PM, said:
LOL, it's not exactly a strain on the relationship. But we are a young family on a monthly budget and can't afford to throw around money. And since we're a two-income family I can't pull the "I'm the one bringing home the bacon" line, even if I wanted to.
if you play and win at even micro limit poker you guys could take a pretty nice vacation every year on just that. or put it in a cd every six months and put it towards a house in a few years. even at .25/.50, it adds up much quicker than most people think (and i think you play higher than that). it sounds like your friends are playing nl$100. if you play with them every friday for five hours you will average at least your utility bills each month, if not more. some of these angles might help.i am sort of having the same problems with my girlfriend. not quite a wife, but its not far fetched to say we are engaged without the ring. i quit my job which i was doing very well at and have been playing poker for the past four or five months (time flies when you're this free lol). while i am trying to start a business right now, and if that happens i will do very well, its hard to explain to somebody that you are not a degenerate gambling bum. and its even harder when they see a thousand dollars of their future sitting at a table in AC and you are tossing chips in the pot like you couldn't care less about them (she was sitting behind me in a 2/5 game and was very, very disturbed). the part that pisses me off is that its wonderful when i win a bunch, but horrible when i lose. you won $800!! wow danny, thats a lot of money thats great what are you going to do with it? you lost $500, what they hell were you thinking, you could have bought blah blah blah with that. but, i digress...my attitude has pretty much been well this is who i am and its what i do and its one of the things that i really love doing so its not going to change. i wouldn't expect this to work for most people who aren't me (whose others feel as adamantly about it as she does).but in all fairness, if you guys are buying in for $100 and the game is at all aggressive, don't expect to win much if at all unless you are comfortable dropping $400 in a night. poker can be a social activity too, it doesn't have to be just a making money thing. its fine to play like that if you play with the understanding that thats what you are doing. ranty and maybe not all that relevant to you. i guess i also just felt like bitching about that a little.