The hope that people walk into poker halls with and the despair they leave with was something I researched by actually visiting these poker halls.
You're not supposed to get rattled in poker; you're supposed to remain poker-faced!
For people that are degenerates, if you've spent so much time feeling a certain way, it's actually uncomfortable to feel like a winner. The familiarity of losing is, in an inverse way, comforting. At least you know where you stand.
With gamblers, it's never enough. You keep thinking on a conscious level that the prize is whatever the pot is. In poker, you may have a certain goal for the day. But the truth is, as soon as you win, more often than not the first thing that comes to mind is: If I'd bet more, I would have won more.
I never really gambled - certainly not playing poker. I'd casually bet on a football game or joined a pool.
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