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    So I've not played poker in a little while because my wife and I had a baby. It's meant that my free time has been much more limited and anything I've done over the last couple of months has been the kind of task that I could pause or stop at instantly so I could take care of little Dylan.

    Of course this means that my poker habits have changed. I play a lot less poker now (obviously!) and when I do play, I play ring games as I can sit out when I need to without penalty. I much prefer playing tournies when I'm playing online, as online ring games can get a bit monotonous, but needs must.

    I've also found that there are times that I have tine to okay poker but choose not to as I'm too tired. Playing poker when tired = big losses :)

    What about you guys? Have you noticed changes in your life that have changed your poker habits?
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    Yes. The US decided playing online poker was bad so I stopped. :)

    I suppose that is not entirely true. I'm sure I could play on a couple of sites but I just can't see taking the risk anymore. Too bad, since right now my life has changed to a point where I could have tried playing for a living quite easily. It happened at the wrong time (or the right time?)
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    As mentioned before, my mum suffered complications following an operation on her spine nearly 3 years ago and is now partially paralysed from the waist down, so I'm doing the entire household instead of just the cooking and the heavy shopping. Over that period my pokerplay has been sporadic to say the least. However, I find it's not so much the extra time I spend on laundry, cleaning, etc. which keeps me away from the felt, but rather the inability to guarantee an uninterrupted session having someone around who is dependant on my help. Just like OP, in fact, only I'm afraid my mum won't grow out of it anymore.

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    Sorry to hear about that, J. It sounds like a tough time for you and your mum. Hopefully you're able to take some time to take care of yourself as well - I know that the role of carer can be full-on and exhausting.

    I must say that my passion for the game hasn't dimmed, just the time I get to play. On the plus side, I'm recording everything poker on TIVO (mostly EPT) and am watching it during night feeds. Keeps me occupied.

    Rycky, I think I may have asked this before, but if the US government changed it's mind tomorrow and allowed online poker sites to operate in the US, would you get back into it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambini View Post
    What about you guys? Have you noticed changes in your life that have changed your poker habits?
    I work from home so I could play online all day if I wanted to. I prefer to try and earn money rather than lose it.... so I stick to working :)

    I rarely play poker online these days. I spend enough time looking at the computer screen during the day, so I prefer to do other things in the evenings / weekends.

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    little Dylan.
    What a lovely Welsh name. My middle name is Dafydd :)

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    I'm sorry, I think your spellcheck failed. What's your middle name again? :)
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    It's pronounced Dav-ith.

    Here is my fictional namesake (name only I must add - and even that is misspelt):

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    My workplace was recently bought out by a larger company, and this has impacted my poker on two fronts: before, I was allowed to take my company vehicle home, and therefore was able to play 3 nights a week in the casino on my way home. Now I have to drop the vehicle off every night on the opposite side of town, so no more poker during the week.
    And the transition has greatly increased my work load, at least for the time being. I've been working every Saturday and quite a few Sundays as well. It's really left me little to no time to play anymore. In fact, the first time I got to play in a long time was 2 Fridays ago. Instead of the usual grind, I actually enjoyed myself and had fun! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    What a lovely Welsh name. My middle name is Dafydd :)
    Thanks man. He was born on St David's day too.

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    My workplace was recently bought out by a larger company, and this has impacted my poker on two fronts: before, I was allowed to take my company vehicle home, and therefore was able to play 3 nights a week in the casino on my way home. Now I have to drop the vehicle off every night on the opposite side of town, so no more poker during the week.
    And the transition has greatly increased my work load, at least for the time being. I've been working every Saturday and quite a few Sundays as well. It's really left me little to no time to play anymore. In fact, the first time I got to play in a long time was 2 Fridays ago. Instead of the usual grind, I actually enjoyed myself and had fun! Lol
    Eh? Queso not playing poker several times a week? It's like the whole world has turned upside down :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambini View Post
    Eh? Queso not playing poker several times a week? It's like the whole world has turned upside down :)
    Yeah, my thoughts exactly. I'm glad to hear you're having fun though Q!

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