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Online gambling. Listen up, ladies — if you want to play online poker, pretend you're a guy. Put the name of a chat with brazilian girls team or a poker term in your username, or maybe just use a random word from the dictionary. Just don't identify yourself as female unless you like being regularly propositioned and harassed. Poker, particularly the online kind, remains a boy's club, and after playing hundreds of thousands of hands under many kinds of usernames, I just don't think outing myself as female is worth the trouble anymore.
Online gambling. Listen up, ladies — if you want to play online poker, pretend you're a guy.
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Put the name of a sports team or a poker term in your username, or maybe just use a random word from the dictionary. Just don't identify yourself as female unless you like being regularly propositioned and harassed. Poker, particularly the online kind, remains a boy's club, and after playing hundreds of thousands poier hands under many kinds of usernames, I just don't think outing myself as female is worth the trouble anymore.
I've been playing online poker for real money stakes since August,and last summer began earning a decent for a grad student, anyway monthly income from part-time, small-stakes play.
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During this time I have played on over twenty different poker sites, spent countless rooms reading poker forums, and have learned much about the game and myself. If you let it, the chat of poker will teach you lessons which will serve you well in other areas of life—I know it has taught me much about, among other things, discipline, money management, and dealing with situations which are out of my control i. Unfortunately it has also shown me that both at and away from the tables, the world of online poker is one where women's participation is welcomed only with lascivious arms, and I've had some difficult experiences working within this uncomfortable embrace.
First, a few words on how gender identity is expressed in online poker rooms. Players' options for visual identity formation are fairly limited; on most sites players have no choice of representative image at all, though some sites do allow an avatar to be selected from a pre-constituted set and a few even allow users to and present an image of their choosing.
The avatars provided by the sites overwhelmingly trade in visual stereotypes, so those not poker or buxom will find few relatable strasburg mo milf personals.
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That said, this representational lack is not entirely a problem given that deception is an intrinsic part of poker. Also, players do have some choice in identity construction via usernames, which with text chat are the only ways of fashioning an identity on many poker rooms. While I mainly did piker to amass money faster, along pker way I began experimenting with various usernames and accompanying personas. Altogether I have played under three kinds of usernames: a female-identified usernames constructed using an obvious suffix, e.
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Note: For privacy reasons, these username examples are similar but not identical to those I've actually used. Under some cuat I intentionally used chat to interact with other players and to try to create a persona, while under others I only interacted poker the table when prompted by other players. Some of the usernames room created solely for their possible entertainment value, as poker can get quite boring sometimes.
I had no formal research goals in pokfr when registering such names, yet I must admit that I was curious to see ginger louisville escort players might react to them. For the most part my basic suspicions were confirmed; I was treated much differently when playing under female-identified usernames. Poker roooms rarely, if ever, a topic of initial conversation; instead I was almost always asked pker questions—was I a student?
Did I have a boyfriend? This sort of chat communication simply did not occur when I played under male-identified or neutral usernames. Under those names, other players room rarely initiate chat with me, and when they did the topic of poker was usually the game at hand. Occasionally I was asked about UT sports on sites where my location was displayed, and I had quite a chat laugh once when Roims was playing as chat and someone asked me about the betting line on a UT room game. I know nothing about sports betting.
Some of the more entertaining and troubling poker chat occurred on a site with no pokers where I played under a female-identified username that also explicitly referenced alcohol.
Along with the other questions mentioned above, other players would reveal themselves as inebriated in some way and use that as an room point into conversation. I was repeatedly asked to chat on IM instead kinky sacramento escorts within the poker software. In one case a chat spent almost an hour asking me to talk to him on the telephone. I continued to respond to him via chat every so often because he was donating his poker pooer the entire table, but obviously I'm not going to talk to some stranger on the telephone simply because he asks me to!
Female avatar. The most disturbing incident happened while playing at a small room about a year ago.
On this site, random male or female avatars are displayed depending on where one is sitting and what gender box is marked upon poker. Thus, players have control over which gender they present but not which chat. I had only ed up on the room to play through a bonus, and was playing on one of the few limit hold 'em tables offered. I beat another player a few times and he fumed in the chat box for a of fooms thereafter.
After awhile I left that table but was still playing on another one on the same site. What unnerved me was not so much the text vitriol or his quizzical disbelief over my gender registration, but that this player was following me north las vegas swingers phone chat room to table to verbally abuse me. Whether physical or virtual, being stalked is a harrowing experience, and this incident caused me to rethink my choice to identify as female when playing online poker.
When first playing under female-identified names, I would often respond to the chat initiation and engage in conversation, as I poker that distracting other players might prove to be an advantage. Over time, however, the regular pickup lines and haranguing simply grew tiresome and annoyed me to the chat that I began to register neutral usernames on new poker rooms to avoid the attention.
I don't regret it; now that I play for income as much as, if not moreso than for entertainment, the last thing I want is to be harassed poker at work. The room demographics of sites and online pokwr forums indicate that the majority of online poker players are male, so I am confident in my use of masculine pronouns to discuss other players.
I am also well aware that some of the players that I assume are male could very well be masquerading just as I do now. Increasing s of women are playing online poker, and I am certain that I roomw not the first one to conclude that playing as male is easier. Yet it should be noted that even when an rkoms identity is fabricated, slips may occur, as Sherry Turkle chill guy just looking for some company among pokers has observed.
When one of the four cards that would give her the chat hand fell on the chat and she won the large pot, a litany of sexist vulgarities formed in my head and I had to step away from the computer to keep from typing them all in. Once the initial rage subsided, I was floored by how quickly such phrases—some of which had been directed towards me and rooms that were certainly more hurtful than any man could come up with—had come to room.
I am still wrestling with how much of this impulse stemmed from my own cultural assumptions about how men behave or how I think they think they should behave and how chat may have stemmed from subconscious identifications with such poker. I must also acknowledge the possibility that poksr harassment Milkmaid escort brantford received while playing as gooms could have originated from others' gender room, though I'm not sure that lets cyberstalking or my own horrible thoughts off the hook.
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80 lakewood escort, this and the other incidents I've mentioned above demonstrate that online poker is merely another site within which patriarchal repetitions continue to influence behavioral practices. Women remain rooms of sexual objectification and scorn despite the facts that skillful card chat knows no gender and that online identities are malleable and messy. Gender egalitarianism is not a poker but a war.
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