That's right. Playing poker for a living (or even as a serious hobbyist) will cause your girlfriend to lie to you. Before I get sexist banned let me clarify that it would probably cause your boyfriend to lie to you as well, but since I've never had a boyfriend I can't be sure. I can say though that it will also cause your parents, friends, friend's parents, parent's friends, and girlfriend/boyfriend's parents and friends to lie to you (and him/her) as well. Basically choosing to take this game on at a serious level will most likely poison your relationships with many of those you care most about, or at the very least put them under a great deal of strain and stress. Here's why, I think.
First of all it's important to realize that almost all poker players lie to themselves and that most of us actually lie to the important people in our lives. I'd like to believe I only ever did the former, but that's just not true. I didn't tell my mom I was playing full time for close to 6 months after I started because...well I don't really know. I didn't want to disappoint her? It just seemed easier? I thought I might quit/flameout and just never mention it? So the point is that I did lie to her. And beyond that I definitely lied to myself over the years about all sorts of things:
1. How happy is this making you?
2. Are you playing well?
3. Are you getting better?
4. What is your win rate in this game?
5. On and on forever and ever amen....
Once you lie to yourself, about anything really, you set yourself up to be lied to by the ones you care most about. They really have no choice, and most of the time they start off lying to themselves about whatever it is just so they can tolerate /reconcile your obvious inability to understand what's going on. The specifics aren't even that important, but here are some examples that could happen:
1. It makes him happy
2. He's obviously a rockstar
3. I support whatever decision he makes
4. It's his choice I have no right to intercede (this may be correct, but the person telling himself that likely doesn't actually believe it and therefore he is lying to himself)
So now what you have in the relationship (whatever it is) is two people who are lying to themselves, and that is just a ticking time bomb that's going to blow up again and again, piece by piece, all over the living room or over the phone or wherever because let's face it we're all not as open minded as Terrelle Pryor. You see, in really close, intimate relationships (or in really long term ones, like with your parents), it's often easier to lie to yourself than the other person! Your partner will realize you're lying to yourself before you do, and he/she will take that as you lying to him/her. From that point on only the strongest and most permanent of bonds can survive. You need to get through the fact that you weren't lying to her, just to yourself, and then ask her to realize the same thing. Danielle and I never got close. I'm not saying poker destroyed our relationship, we both did plenty outside of poker to ruin it on our own, but it sure as fuck didn't help anything.
I have heard some of the most ridiculous stories from extremely successful poker players; keep in mind all of these people are top 3% players, who actually win a large sum of money from the game. I know two that didn't tell the parents they were playing for YEARS after diving in headfirst. I know another who has seemingly destroyed his relationship with his mother over the game. One more who wouldn't even ask his wife about adding on to his bankroll after he'd won 6 figures over the course of several years playing part time (all of which exited his bankroll) and then went on a 30k downer. I mean, sure, I also know people who seem to have solved it, have it fit into their lives just perfectly, so none of this has to happen to you. But it very likely will and you should be prepared if you want to jump straight in.
Don't lie to yourself. Take time to take stock of what the fuck is going on in your life (this isn't just poker....it's everything). Be as open as you can with everyone you care about regarding what's going on as well, what you're trying to get out of playing and if you're succeeding at doing so. If your significant other really is in it with you, she will understand you nearly as well as you understand yourself and can probably actually help you figure out what your value system looks like and where you're missing the board entirely. Or maybe she can't but she'll at least try. Or maybe it's on you to figure out what her strengths are, relative to yours, and use those strengths to bring into focus the pieces of your life that you cannot see clearly. Or maybe you're just fucked, who knows, but the best way to guarantee you won't figure any of it is out is to lie t yourself about it.