Just a quick thought for today. Out of all the people that call themselves "poker players", what percentage would you say are like us? I guess I'll explain a little better. When I say "us", I mean people that eat, drink and breathe poker in all it's forms. People that consume poker, whether that be writing about it, reading 2+2, or just thinking about it constantly. Be honest, now. Y'all are flippin' crazy over the game.
On a nightly basis, there are 55,000 people on Party. We all know the abundance of fish, but how many would you say are real "students of the game"? I've got to wonder how many players even know that 2+2 exists. I sure didn't when I started.
I ask because many of my friends play poker, but I can't think of nary a one that gets any knowledge of the game outside of watching it on tv. And that's sad, really. On the other hand, it does bode well for the small percentage that do take the time to improve, though. Those that buy PokerTracker or some other stats software to keep track of their game. Those that can't get enough information.
Every now and then, a friend will sit behind me while I'm playing online, and they think I'm crazy for laying down my pocket 6's when it's been raised three times before it gets to me. Or, that I'd ever lay down a gutshot straight draw to someone making a bet that's half my stack.
When did poker make that turn from something you saw on tv and looked like a fun thing to try, to something that consumes you?