neilkaz, on 2012-February-25, 10:01, said:
Many of my friends and aquaintances who were/still are world class or close to W/C backgammon players either gave up BG completely or put it far back on the back burner when the poker craze started. Now that options trading is basically a waste of time there are many times that I wish I'd done the same thing but even until a few years ago, trading was too good to even think of stopping. When I tried poker a few times I quickly became bored at tossing away hand after hand. I suspose that if I was trying to play professionally and good enough to do so, that I'd be less bored folding my two cards and watching what everyone else is doing. Another factor causing me to not pursue poker is that I am very bad at reading people and very bad at hiding my emotions. Of course at BG, I can sometimes get a read on whether someone is scared/confused and will make a cube error, and/or whether they don't understand the position and will make checker play errors, but I've played that game vs W/C opps for nearly 35 years.
That being said, when I retire in a year or two, I'll likely take a stab at more serious poker, although I may need to move at least part time to a country where I can play it online. ... neilkaz ...
Yes, a lot of the bridge guys are/were options guys, and I grew up hearing that I should be getting into options because it was so great...eventually I heard it dried up (little known fact btw, joe grue moved to NYC to be an options trader not a bridge pro).
Anyways I'll be happy to trade backgammon lessons for poker lessons at some point if you want! That said, poker is drying up a lot also, I think you may miss the boat on that one in a few years also. That said, the reverse will happen if it does get legalized/regulated in USA and we have a Harrahs, MGM, Wynn online poker room lol. Right now even Vegas is brutal for poker, the games are terrible and there don't seem to be many drunk baccarat players who come and go all in 20 hands in a row anymore. But that may have more to do with the economy and Vegas combined with good online players moving to Vegas to play than poker drying up. There is still lots of money to be made though and I am hopeful that it will be legal in USA in the next few years which will cause a boom of fish and money galore. I might even give up bridge for a few years if that happens, one of my biggest regrets is not grinding a lot more when it happened the first time.