I have a slew of poker friends who to me seem to have the intelligence and potential to be very good players. Two of my recreational player friends strategize with me all the time. I have one close pro friend who we talk shop. The rest are basically pros acquaintances or players who take the game seriously. They play for a living or play a lot for income. They simply don't want to exchange ideas or strategies from tells to the math behind the game.
I'm not the grand poo-bah of players but I do really well online and at the live low stakes games up to 5/10. I don't due to bankroll requirements and too much time devoted to family. So I stick to 1/2 and 2/5.
I've read more books than anyone I know 100+. I do the homework. I know the math. Only thing I don't do is the solvers. But I watch a mountain of videos on those who do use them and developed new strategies with it.
But I just don't get it. It's like I am talking about magical powers or something and they are politely turning me down. Maybe I smell. Most of these players I rarely play at the same table with. One pro went from 2/5 to 1/2 permanently. I offered to help. He just didn't want it.
So WTF is up with people who don't want to learn from a person who has been making money at poker part time for more than a decade?
Shit I get way more interaction on CLP then live pros. It's fucking mind boggling to me. If I meet an equal or better player than I am I want to learn. The pros I am speaking of are worse or equal to my level from what I can gauge. I totally get a better player wouldn't want to interact with me and I have met a few that didn't want to.
Why wouldn't you want to learn something you are taking seriously from someone who can teach you. Someone explain this bizarre phenomena to me.