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    5 Reasons why I left Poker for Sports Betting

    5) Better Life Analogies in Sports Betting…


    “Take on for the Team”, sure sounds alot better than, “river one for mama” doesn’t it? “Bottom of the ninth, bases loaded” when in a pressure situation sure come across nicer than “I need a one outer” … “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” vs … I don’t know what actually fits here… You get my point.


    4) Make your bet and go do something productive…


    Well, I’m not going to lie, I usually NEVER actually follow this advice, as I’m pretty much watching whatever game on my laptop, with whatever other game on my tv in the background (right in front of me)… But at least in theory I can do and walk the dog, play with my kid, or read a book (well… I could) … When I played poker online, particularly tournaments, you couldn’t exactly get up to do much but go to the bathroom. Even then, sometimes you had to take the laptop in with you… Also really hard to have any meaningful conversation, read a book, or blink too much when you are 12 tabling…


    3) Sports is conversational, anytime, anywhere…


    “Did you see that late homerun/goal/TD/3 pointer last night” (That incidentally cost me a huge bet) at work the next day sure sounds better than chatting someone up about “the smelly old guy who sat in the 3 seat and stared at me all night chewing a toothpick.”


    2) There are NO friends in poker….


    As much as I love the social atmosphere, in particular of live poker, with players from all parts of the world, challenging each other in the spirit of competition, regardless of the colour of their skin, or who’s god they choose to follow, ultimately we all have one ultimate goal - To make the other person go BROKE, or moreso, to make the other person go to the ATM after they go BROKE, and make sure they goes BROKE again… Talk about capitalism at its finest!


    In Sports Betting, If I give you good information that I believe will be beneficial in making a particular wager, you, me, and the girl next door (Hopefully she’s good looking) will make money against the evil bookmaker… We ALL WIN… Of course when we are on opposite sides, my bet is more important than your bet… But you’re an idiot for betting the wrong side anyways so I really don’t care.


    1) The Bad Beat Stories


    “Getting sucked out on my the only deuce left in the deck” has become so old, I have made sure that I limit poker bad beat stories from my friends to 15 seconds or less. EVERY bad beat story is essentially the same in poker… Some Donkey sucked out on you, or didn’t and was ahead the whole time, and I COULDN’T suck out for anything. That’s it, EVERY bad beat story in a nutshell… Is there EVER a better time for a bad beat, well yes, when I didn’t play the hand, in which I will tell you about it as well because HAD I played my 9-4 off suit to 3 raises, I would have taken your whole stack - NO ONE CARES BRO!


    In Sports, At least that Home Run that No one cares about that crushed your bankroll in the bottom of the ninth with 2 out, and 2 strikes is marginally INTERESTING… Maybe not to EVERYONE (my wife for example), but to ANY sports fan, particularly those who are on the same side, that last second shot to save us, or bury us, is still worthy to talk about years later, even if we forget what side we actually had.
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    I like it. Did you write it?

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    Thanks Yis...I did it a while ago wondering where my life went....

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    Good stuff, Bizness. You also would miss guys like SSK in the poker world.

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    Opie... I'm sad every day I come to SBR and SSK isn't here... Nba Profesor has marginally taken some of that load off SSK's hands, but even he doesn't show up as frequently any more...

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    Reasons why I play poker more than sports betting:

    1. I make more money.


    ...and I disagree with reason #2 to a degree

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    Good stuff man, nice read.
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    nice stuff better bizness

    i agree on the last part, one time i was playing a $500 round robin and the braves blew a lead in the bottom of the 9th to a vladimir guerrero home run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daneblazer View Post
    Reasons why I play poker more than sports betting:

    1. I make more money.


    ...and I disagree with reason #2 to a degree
    Fair point Dane... I used to play very high stakes in the middle and later on in the decade, and even played in major events around the world sat'ing via Stars and such... But eventually the grind got to me, the game got to be alot more zero and negative sum for myself...

    Just to be clear I'm not a poker hater - and at one time I was actually a pretty decent player - Just my own personal reasons why I took the hobby of sports betting to more a full time gig and still feel passionate about it...

    I did make some decent friends playing across the world... but when it came down to it, we would all make the other go broke if we could...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericthegangster View Post
    Reason 6, you suck at poker
    I posted blinds bigger than your bankroll... I'd let you pokerdb me but I don't need to pull my pants down to prove anything...

    Keep that grind alive man

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    ^^
    and my point is that at least it's more interesting (to me at least) when you lose on an act of greatness/stupidity/etc in a sporting event than just the luck of a card
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    Quote Originally Posted by milwaukee mike View Post
    ^^
    and my point is that at least it's more interesting (to me at least) when you lose on an act of greatness/stupidity/etc in a sporting event than just the luck of a card
    huge elements of skill in poker... but it's just one big parasitic game of zero-sum math...

    I play a weekly nickle-dime $20 buy in game now with friends which is somewhere within my means anyhow... I actually enjoy it more then when I used to play $10-25 NL or 100-200 back in the day.... But they get pissed off that I"m not paying attention while I have Pinny and Sportacular running on my iphone the entire night and cheering at a scoreboard by myself...

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    Good write-up.

    Unless you hit one big tourney and/or play really high stakes poker is one long grind with a lot of time wasted.

    Same can be said for sports betting with hitting one big parlay and/or having a huge BR to make any worthwhile profit but in Sports Betting you don't have waste your time watching/following games if you don't want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k13 View Post
    Good write-up.

    Unless you hit one big tourney and/or play really high stakes poker is one long grind with a lot of time wasted.

    Same can be said for sports betting with hitting one big parlay and/or having a huge BR to make any worthwhile profit but in Sports Betting you don't have waste your time watching/following games if you don't want to.
    Thanks K...

    I played poker since the mid 90's back in smokey/filthy casinos in which you needed to shower when you got home to try and get the stench out... In my 20's though who really gave a sheit - free late night eats at 3 am - home by sunrise...ish... few extra bucks in my pocket to take a girl out to the club or whatever... Then I started depositing into Planet poker in the late 90's... How many of you guys had an account on Planet or Paradise? Thems were the days...

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    I like both, but enjoy sportsbetting a little more. I had to pick one because it would affect succes in the other area.They both take alot of hardwork,the guys that are excellent at both,my hats off to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYER5680 View Post
    I like both, but enjoy sportsbetting a little more. I had to pick one because it would affect succes in the other area.They both take alot of hardwork,the guys that are excellent at both,my hats off to you.
    Agreed you have to have passion for what you do... still have it for sports... Turn of a card just doesn't do much for me any more but there is a clear skill involved and tonnes of dedication to be good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYER5680 View Post
    I like both, but enjoy sportsbetting a little more. I had to pick one because it would affect succes in the other area.They both take alot of hardwork,the guys that are excellent at both,my hats off to you.
    Same here, I have cared less about poker lately and more about betting sports(not that I didn't do enough already lol). I just found out I'm gonna be a Dad again and it will be impossible for me to do both and my best option is to push "Submit Bet" and enjoy the day, especially if I win

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    I hate hearing others bad beat stories

    Like I give a fukk you got rivered

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    well put, i like it. i did the same thing; transitioned from poker to sports

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    and i could give 20 as to why poker is better, so what?
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    Sports is way better one main reason: 1000NL is way harder than 10NL completely different game. Winning huge sports bets is only a little bit harder than winning small bets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm18 View Post
    Sports is way better one main reason: 1000NL is way harder than 10NL completely different game. Winning huge sports bets is only a little bit harder than winning small bets.
    says the guy who slow plays for 20sbr points with a 3x rollover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rm18 View Post
    Sports is way better one main reason: 1000NL is way harder than 10NL completely different game. Winning huge sports bets is only a little bit harder than winning small bets.
    Actually super high stakes can be easier than mid-stakes because most of the pro-grinders play those levels and rich whales play at higher stakes. Rake becomes irrelevant the higher you go.

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    I still think competition is harder as stakes go up overall but possibly easier to win on because of rake, but of course it is a factor you are playing at a table where most play poker for a living and then you are paying $15 an hour in rake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RudyRuetigger View Post
    says the guy who slow plays for 20sbr points with a 3x rollover.
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    fukk mannnnnn where are you ???? didnt visit my thread yesterday!!!! ohh ok ! i got it i got it .cause i won,when i won you dont come totaly understand.im cool with that.
    what is this shit about poker?? fukk me dont tell me you did play poker too
    woow what else .any way i made little change in your reasons

    1-i cant win at poker becauseee im a dump.well i cant at the sports betting either.but i feel less dump at the s betting.more like im little smarter at s betting.you know what i mean !! did you ??77;;;no..;; well..forget it

    2-well im french canadian and we are very bad at math. for exmp if some one asks me what is 3+3 =shi+++t see? i cant ask to my mom what is it?comee onnnnnnnn, it is embarrassing . but in sports betting i can always ask her .what do you think mom lakers ore toronto

    3-good think at sports betting you dont have to read your opponents .damnn it can be tough some times at the table .cause im trying to read this guy right .woow al im looking at what he got under his pants (you know im a fruit cake right).than i dream me and him at the pool owwwww .guest what? i go all in bommm i lose.

    4-its hard to win at the facebook poker .but i m winning millions points at the sbr with sports betting .i am dammnnn good at the sports betting
    5-i cant make my own thread about poker cause i suck.but when it comes the canadian fotballlllllll.... im am the mannnnnnnn( i hate this word u can always call me honey) any way im a rock at the canadian football i made thread just for canadianfootball i write up and suck up for 16 week !! i fuk it up that one too
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    Poker is nicer then sports betting, if you are a good player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm18 View Post
    Sports is way better one main reason: 1000NL is way harder than 10NL completely different game. Winning huge sports bets is only a little bit harder than winning small bets.
    This is a great point... there is not alot of difference playing the same styles ... If you are within bankroll of course....

    In poker, game always tends to get harder, but there are interesting inflection points at every range where the fish feel comfortable...

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    i won at sports and poker and casino today.

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    could go busto in a night in poker. very difficult to go bust in sports betting in a short period with correct bankroll management in betting.
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