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Participating in Poker with a Gambling Problem





Present-day matter is playing poker with a gambling issue. Check out this prolonged variety Q&A from one particular of my readers Curtis who phone calls in to the #AskAlec clearly show. He has busted his bankroll innumerable periods from possibly playing way too higher or gambling it away on sports activities. As he’s contemplating of taking one particular last shot in poker – advertising his automobile and relocating to Vegas – I give some difficult suggestions and standpoint that I assume a large amount of you can relate to. Did you ever have a gambling issue before? What do you assume about gambling dependancy? Hope you get pleasure from this episode, sense cost-free to share your story in a remark beneath.

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28 comments

  1. Great video. Thank you for the content.

    What do you guys think is a good bankroll to start with for a recreational player who wants to play $1/$3 cash and MTT $65-$300 (live) to get a good sample of if I am actually a good player?

    I am 30 and married. My wife, for good reason, doesn't really support me setting up an actual bankroll. By extension, I am not able to fade the variance because if I lose 3-4 buy-ins I am put on "time out" for a few months and that affects my play for obvious reason. She is doing this to prevent me from becoming a degenerate (I only play poker– no other forms of "gambling"), which I appreciate. I love studying the game and play for the competition. I want to figure out the appropriate minimum bankroll to figure out if I am actually a "good poker player." I make a very good salary where I have enough disposable income where I could probably comfortably bankroll $5/$10NL, but my skills (and wife) would not allow for that. If I had my choice, I would have a bankroll of $10,000 but I know my wife would not be on board with that. Do you think $5000 would be a sufficient sample size to truly evaluate my skill or do you think that is too susceptible to variance?

    In response to the multiple trolls who tell me not be "whipped" etc and do what I want with "my money"… I value my marriage and we are a team so I am not going to do something that my wife/teammate would not approve of with our finances.

    Thanks!

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  2. You're going to make a run at it take your bank roll and go to Vegas…
    No take a break don't play cards don't even look at a table till your mind is right. Call 1800GAMBLER get some help

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  3. this guy is a complete degenerate. He needs to listen to himself on this clip. Clearly has a massive gambling problem. Sad to hear

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  4. sell the car 10,000
    buy a 3,000 car 7 k to gamble

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  5. Wow need too sleep now and listen too it again tomorrow, some very powerfull things you said there! Thx much love

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  6. Wow. Sell your car and go to Vegas and play poker, because you have not been a successful poker player for the past years? NO NO NO. Vegas has, in general MUCH better players than where he is from. If he's NOT winning there, he won't win in Vegas. Heck you can play online now easier games than Vegas. GET A JOB, GET A BANKROLL, prove you can manage your money, then, when you have 25k AND a car, get a dealers license and go to Vegas and get a job. Or drive Uber as someone else said there. In the meantime, TRACK AND PLAY LOCAL. Don't go until you have SHOWN you are a winning poker player locally. DO NOT SELL YOUR CAR AND MOVE TO VEGAS

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  7. "I like to think the older I get, the MORE WISER I get." Oh the irony XD

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  8. Look man here's what you should do. Move to Vegas, keep your car, drive for uber to pay for your car and to make a buy in or 2 per week. Good luck.

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  9. A million people have said it and I'll be 1000001st, HAVING A BANK ROLL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. For 200nl (1/1 – 1/2) you need 5k, 25x

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  10. not entirely sure what the point of this phone call was? Alec told this guy he is a degenerate, and the guy is attempting to convince alec that he is going to magically not degen after what appears to be dozens of attempts to be succesful. Would be suicidal to sell your car to go gamble in vegas. Get a job, save up money, get a provable, sustainable winrate at 1/2 or 1/3, build your roll through poker and then move up. if you can't do it after a few tries (as most pros will admit to going broke trying a few times), then give up.

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  11. I feel like his dream is to win a huge sum of money all at once (rather than being a poker player), i dont think he understands what a poker player is, and how hard they actually work..

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  12. you've to stick to 1/2 plan with $10,000 otherwise you're going broke very fast. Lose 2bi in a night then call a quit.
    it's about mental discipline and being able to walk away when the situation is not favoring you. It applies same principle to all aspects of your life!

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  13. Alec was too soft on him. The truth is he lacks the skill and the discipline to be a good pro. He has been playing poker for 10 years and he has nothing to show for it. Not to mention the following decade will be much worse. This guy thinks he's good because he "sometimes checks back top pair" I couldn't believe my ears when he said that shit. And he wants to be a pro? Some people don't have it in them to be a good pro, and he is one of those people. He should get a sales job, become obsessed with it like he is with poker, save invest, save invest, save invest. I suggest a sales job because his income would be scaleable, not a fixed salary. The good news is that he is still young, so if he grinds his face off for 5-7 years he would be in a good spot at his mid 30s. I didn't hear anything about him having a wife/kid so now is the time he can "become" his job. He needs to step away from the tables and I wish Alec straight up said that. He implied it but he should've flat out said that he needs to quit poker. Props to him for being open on the internet and props to Alec making this happen. I wish this guy the best but if he continues to play poker, I wouldn't be surprised if became homeless. Forget about the money, this dude has lost 10 years of the best years of his life. enough is enough. glglgl

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  14. Don't move to Vegas. If you can't make it playing poker living with your parents in Florida you can't make it in Vegas. Get a job for 6 months grind out building a bankroll without gambling. Once you've done that start back to playing while still working. Live only on your poker earnings putting the money from your job aside. If you can make it on your poker income only for 6 months then drive your ass to Vegas with your bankroll and your car. Yes that's a year from now. You aren't even 30 take a year and do it right. If you can't make that work you're telling yourself a lie about selling your mode of transportation and moving to Vegas because you'll be flat broke within 70 days.

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  15. Their is difference between being a gambler and a poker player. Be a Poker Player

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  16. Alec, I see some changes of late. Do continue with the content and attitude that made you successful, don't change. Either address or forget about those negative people. Its all in the head, we u have the power to laugh about it. Continue making interesting quality content your style and sit back and forget about the rest.

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  17. Alec, I really appreciate you being so straightforward with this guy. Great advice.

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  18. A nurse, Torelli? C’mon man.

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  19. Classy advice to a guy who clearly has too many bankroll leaks to be successful unless he plugs them. Obviously, he has a gambling problem and is in denial. Addiction has many faces. I feel for the guy, had a close friend just lke him, passed away broke. Great guy but just shouldn't have gambled. Seemed to get more buzz from losing than winning. Knows what to do but fails to do it. I hope he heeds good advice.

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  20. He should report his bankroll management to a trusted friend. Every dollar, where it went, what happened to it.

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  21. This guy needs to call the gambling hotline

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  22. i love a good dgen story

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  23. "The unexamined life is not worth living" so says Socrates…

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  24. Stu Unger was a good example.

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  25. Brutal but honest. Grind it in a regular job to save $10K in 6 months is probably not realistic. This person has gambled since 15 and not mentioned another skill. $7 / hr is only $1120 / month. Poker is not easy but if you are not winning at $1 $3 then maybe not your game.

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  26. this caller sounds exactly like me in my early 20s

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  27. "I'm playing 2 5 with a $3000 bankroll" "I had to move in with my parents". the life of a typical"professional poker player"

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  28. I have such remorse taking money from bad reg that have gambling problem have seen such sad scene and it breaks my heart everytime

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