Monday, July 11, 2005

Hello, my name is Eric, I'm 26 and, as much as I hate the term, a professional poker player.

I have a long history of working menial jobs and occasionally going to school, most recently one year ago. After my most recent academic stint, I finally entered the "real" world and got a "real" job but six months of that bullshit was all I could take and so last month I said "screw it!" quit my job and last week I moved out here to Las Vegas.

Before moving to Vegas, I lived in Austin, TX, where I would play primarily online with an approximately-monthly trip to a real live casino mixed in, be it Vegas (many times), LA, Phoenix, Lake Charles or New Orleans. What can I say, other than Vegas is Vegas and many a time after visiting I wished I could just come out here and stay for good. And so, what the hell, I went ahead did just that.

Despite the numerous casinos literally minutes away, I plan on still playing a bunch online. Online is much, MUCH more profitable than live play. But I'll also play a fairly considerable amount live. I figure I'll play maybe 20 hours/week online to earn my money and another 20 hours/week live as recreation.

Anyways, this will be a very self-centered blog. This is for friends, family and anyone else who cares to see how I'm doing. I'm not going to focus on much other than me, what I did, what I'm doing and what I'm hoping to do (mostly, try not to go broke). I'm not going to spend much time gossiping about so-and-so big-name player or practicing idol-worship. It's all about me, me, me!

Hopefully I'll provide a pretty candid view into what it's like to be an unknown, moderately-successful poker player living in Vegas. For every big-name Doyle Brunson or Gus Hansen there are probably hundreds of players out there making their living playing poker but without any of the notoriety of those big-names. Instead of playing televised tournaments and making headlines with occasional big wins of hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, these practically unknown players play cash games day in and day out where they earn their tens or hundreds of thousands per year in a slow, steady crawl rather than quick bursts.

And to be honest, many of these cash game players do better than many tournament players, who after tournament entry fees, traveling costs and lodging have a lot to overcome even before considering that even an excellent player can go a very long time between significant cashes.

So, yeah, I probably won't be on TV any time soon and I don't really care to be, but for anyone interested, maybe you'll see what life is like for the non-televised sect of poker players.

I'll be back soon with my first-week thoughts of living in Vegas, baby, Vegas!


Blogger mikek628 said...

And so the Journey Begins. I wish you well in your endeavors!

Stop by for a visit next time you come back in town!

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