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  20-Feb-15, 15:26   #1
Poker-Passion or Addiction? 0 
av1966 
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Hello all

In my opinion passion is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person/something or in this case- poker. Passion in poker also can be describe as an intense emotion,with compelling enthusiasm or desire to win and excel .

In the other hand addiction is a state that is characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding behavior, despite adverse consequences(gambling) that can also be relate to poker

Do you agree with this?

Edited by av1966 (Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 15:27 GMT)


     
  20-Feb-15, 16:20   #2
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Heskor 
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The line between passion and addiction is very thin, i think i am more of a compulsive gamblers nowadays i need to bet everyday and have something to cheer on when i am watching the games or when i know the games are on and i need to have something on that, well what can i do now my bankroll is busted and no more money to play and just have to resort to filling my addiction by playing freerolls and just sulking in my corner!

     
  20-Feb-15, 16:43   #3
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pinotte 
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The line between the two is very thin and i think that poker colud be passion for some and addiction for others.

IMO the gambler will go on betting on everything like sports, casino and poker. Compare to the poker player that like the game with passion.

The poker player will normally wont play money that he cant afford but the gambler will do and in many occasion will lose everthing that he had like, wife, house, bank account and car.
Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap!

     
  20-Feb-15, 17:38   #4
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pochui 

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passion= when you have an erect penis.
addiction = when you have a $0 bankroll.

some say there is a fine line between both, well in a way they are right- you can have an erect penis and a $0 bankroll at the same time... guess you can describe this sort of person as a passionate addict.

     
  20-Feb-15, 17:59   #5
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jeffaboy 
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Posted by pochui:
passion= when you have an erect penis.
addiction = when you have a $0 bankroll.

some say there is a fine line between both, well in a way they are right- you can have an erect penis and a $0 bankroll at the same time... guess you can describe this sort of person as a passionate addict.


sooo pochui you are a passionate addict ? Tongue

     
  20-Feb-15, 18:19   #6
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raymonvdhaak 
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Posted by jeffaboy:
Posted by pochui:
passion= when you have an erect penis.
addiction = when you have a $0 bankroll.

some say there is a fine line between both, well in a way they are right- you can have an erect penis and a $0 bankroll at the same time... guess you can describe this sort of person as a passionate addict.


sooo pochui you are a passionate addict ? Tongue


so i am pasinate only on this moment but poker is for me a addiction and that with 1 dollar bankroll Tongue

     
  20-Feb-15, 18:33   #7
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leno1 
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From my point of view poker can be both: a passion as well as an addiction. What it is of the two is alway individual and highly depending on your own personality. For me I see it as a passion, but if I dont play long enough I really miss it.

     
  20-Feb-15, 20:14   #8
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luisexy69 

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For most guy that begin play poker, is like a passion, they like to learn about the game, and see that pro players, but with the time and stay playing for a few days or weeks or months day after day, hours after hours, and not get winnings or learn, maybe they have get the addiction.
For my point, that what i see, poker is a passion when you win, in this case money, but when you lose and try to get back some of that, maybe you are in a state of gambling and addicted, but if you (all), play for a few times, and for another few time dont play and dont miss that thing, you are in a state of passione not addicted.

     
  21-Feb-15, 10:01   #9
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pochui 

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Posted by jeffaboy:
Posted by pochui:
passion= when you have an erect penis.
addiction = when you have a $0 bankroll.

some say there is a fine line between both, well in a way they are right- you can have an erect penis and a $0 bankroll at the same time... guess you can describe this sort of person as a passionate addict.


sooo pochui you are a passionate addict ? Tongue

i would say i am a semi passionate degenerate - sometimes i have an erect penis, sometimes a dollar in my account.

     
  21-Feb-15, 10:10   #10
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roeish3 
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In my opinion it's passion if it makes you fill good even when you lose and it's addiction if it makes you feel unsatisfied even if you win.
I am definately in the second group, I hate the game most of the time and winning doesn't satisfy me, as I feel like I must keep on playing. Luckily I almost always play for free money and my life loss is at about 50$

     
  21-Feb-15, 14:48   #11
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Skpmorita 
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a little bit of both
because poker it does contain gambling and chance of winning money
and that is addiction
but also poker has strategies and skills , and that is the passion

So if you can balance the two , you sure can enjoy the game and make a profit
good luck

     
  21-Feb-15, 20:39   #12
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leno1 
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Posted by roeish3:
In my opinion it's passion if it makes you fill good even when you lose and it's addiction if it makes you feel unsatisfied even if you win.
I am definately in the second group, I hate the game most of the time and winning doesn't satisfy me, as I feel like I must keep on playing. Luckily I almost always play for free money and my life loss is at about 50$


I totally agree with what you say about passion, but I would really define addiction otherwise. When youre addicted to something, then what is making you unsatisfied is the fact that you dont have it at the moment, i. e. if you dont play, no matter if you win or loose.

     
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