Poker players and their “real” occupation
Being a poker player is oftentimes not easy. Especially when talking to people who are not familiar with poker at all, it’s difficult to explain to them how you are actually making a living. Max Silver was curious to hear what fellow poker players would reply when they are being asked what their job is.
Poker professionals, what do you say when asked by a hairdresser/taxi driver/etc what your job is?
— Max Silver (@max_silver) August 12, 2020
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While playing poker professionally might be like a dream coming true for many poker players, there are some questions that may make your life a little bit harder than expected.
Oftentimes you are going to have to reply to lots of pretty annoying questions after you have told people that you are a professional poker player.
Even though the game of poker has been around for decades and online poker is as popular as it’s been in years, many poker players struggle to provide a decent answer regarding their occupation.
Therefore, Max Silver asked the Twitter community about their most common answers to that question.
— Mike McDonald (@MikeMcDonald89) August 12, 2020
Mike McDonald was one of the first poker players to reply. He is certainly aware of the potential follow-up questions that come along when you tell people that you are actually playing poker for a living.
Therefore he just avoids these questions in general and tells people that he is actually a bookmaker. Even though that is also a fairly unconventional job, people seem to be actually aware of what a bookie is doing and don’t ask a lot of questions.
The honest approach
Some poker players replied that they were indeed telling strangers that they are playing poker professionally.
I'm with you, I always just say poker.
But since telling my tennis coach about poker, every instruction now comes with a metaphor about odds, bluffing, or full houses.
— Dan Smith (@DanSmithHolla) August 12, 2020
I say poker player, and I don't understand why so many are so unwilling to discuss it. I've had occasional annoying conversations, but those people are going to be annoying on any topic. I'd rather talk about poker than some other random subject.
— Andrew Brokos (@thinkingpoker) August 12, 2020
Andrew Brokos also tells people about his real job. Even though annoying conversations occasionally occur, he is more inclined to talk about a topic that he loves (poker) than some other subject.
Dan Smith however keeps things real with hairdressers or taxi drivers. He simply tells them the truth. It seems like it’s not a big deal for him, only his tennis coach keeps bothering him with poker metaphors.
I used to say firefighter and then talk about my most harrowing moments and how seeing people's faces afterwards is its own reward.
— Scott Seiver (@scott_seiver) August 12, 2020
Scott Seiver is taking a slightly different approach. Instead of revealing his true profession, he used to say that he’s a firefighter which had some benefits.
Inspired by a classic episode of The Simpsons, my go-to reply to shut down conversation is that I'm an office manager for a cardboard company. https://t.co/lustr5gftq
— BJ Nemeth (@BJNemeth) August 13, 2020
Telling people that you are actually working as an office manager for a cardboard company will definitely prevent them from asking follow-up questions though:
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