The game of poker changed my life

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 5:49 PM [General]

    The game of poker has changed my life; that much is true. Be it for better, or for worse.

    I'm not going to sugarcoat this blog post talking about only how great the game is. Yes, I do find it great, in many senses, but poker has many downsides, too, just like most hobbies. So, on that negative note, let me start with these downsides. As a form of gambling there is still a lot of variance in the game and poker can be a costly hobby. That's why I think it is a hobby that, if taken seriously, requires a certain amount of self control and discipline. It does no good if you're spazzzing off all your cash on the highest stakes possible waiting for you're next reload all the time. It doesn't matter how good you are: if you don't follow a bankroll manaement plan 99% of the time you'll end up broke. Sometimes people can use a little extra help managing their stakes, and that's why I like the idea of stake limiters. Some sites do this already, but too often it's all too easy to revert the changes. Gamble responsibly people, that would be the most earnest advice I can offer in regards to poker.

    But enough with the negativity! Poker changed my life because I was able to find a hobby that I love so much and can learn so much from. There are good communities out there and I really look forward to getting quite involved in this one. Poker is such a dynamic game, and there's always room for improvement. I've met so many good friends in real life because of poker. Friends that I can share the good times and bad with, the swings and wins. I even got involved in a local pub league. I have a lot of fun there, not to mention you can win a trip to vegas from it for free. It's sponsored by redtooth, maybe some of you know about it.

    Like it says on my profile, I've been playing for about 5 years. I started with friends back in high school playing for play money, and when I was 18 I started playing online. I'm very keen to improve, and so I'm waiting on an ample oppurtunity to get a decent starting capital and invest in training videos and the like. My closest friend and I are quite ambitious about poker these days, and I'd love to take it more seriously than ever!

    Poker really inspired a business-like mindset in me, and in turn, that has even inspired me to take a business management course at a local college this year. So, if you really ask how it changed my life, then a few years down the line if I'm working in business I might attribute my career path to poker itself. I also believe you can develop good people skills from poker. Hand reading goes a long way when you so offten analyse the actions of others in poker.

    So yeah, poker is a huge part of my life, and to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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