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joLin   United States. May 24 2010 00:49. Posts 3818
i just graduated from college (university of texas in math: actuarial option) and am now going to take some time off and play poker for a living. i think poker has come at a perfect time in my life. i started playing towards the end of college and didnt take it extremely seriously until the last year or so when i was already pretty much done with my degree, so it didnt have a chance to have a negative impact on my grades and other things. and now within the last 6-7 months ive been able to make a decent amount of money, enough to let me feel comfortable taking this risk and making this decision. my plan at the moment is to continue playing poker and use the freedom that it grants me to enjoy life while im still young and have no obligations. ill do that until poker is no longer profitable or another reason stops me from playing and then ill try to get a job and start my career. i'd imagine poker might even be interesting to mention at interviews since a lot of the concepts such as expected value, variance, risk of ruin, random variables, etc are all relevant in actuarial work and would be easy to explain to anyone in the field.

i have standard asian parents and was pretty worried about how my mom would react to my decision, especially given her bias against anything related to playing cards and gambling. she was uneasy at first but was willing to listen and i spent about 2 hours explaining to her how it was possible to have an edge, that itd be super unlikely id ever go broke, variance, my results thus far, etc and she said she trusted me so im happy about that.

i really have to thank LP for everything. this forum and its posters have been essential to my growth and improvement as a player. theres so much for a starting player to learn. you just have to actively seek it out and ask questions and take part in the discussions. so thanks for everything guys.

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edzwoo   United States. May 24 2010 00:51. Posts 5911

You finished college lolnit


dUUd_   Estonia. May 24 2010 00:53. Posts 1840

dont fold flushes please.

redsnuff: bets all in with bad preflop hand and tell me to learn poker redsnuff: senceless 

joLin   United States. May 24 2010 00:56. Posts 3818


  On May 23 2010 23:51 edzwoo wrote:
You finished college lolnit


not as crazy as you, in either poker or life!

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domyouji   Zimbabwe. May 24 2010 01:34. Posts 435

good luck dude but playing poker professionally is a shitty life 4 real

to live the dream you gotta play the game 

Jhyun88   United States. May 24 2010 01:35. Posts 1383

WE RUV YOU GL


joLin   United States. May 24 2010 01:47. Posts 3818


  On May 24 2010 00:34 domyouji wrote:
good luck dude but playing poker professionally is a shitty life 4 real


i only took one class this last semester so ive basically been playing full time. from what ive seen too far its not too bad. losing money sucks sometimes but what can you do

what i do know for sure is that i'd rather be doing this than working a normal job.

YoUr_KiLLeR @ TLLast edit: 24/05/2010 01:47

Exhilarate   United States. May 24 2010 02:48. Posts 5453

yea this game does suck, but good luck bro, congrats on graduating.


Mariuslol   Norway. May 24 2010 03:05. Posts 4742

The most amazing thing about that was that your mother would listen for 2 hours while you explained something, my mom kinda wonders of and loses me after my first 2-3 sentences lol. And I'm not allowed to use complicated words or talk in English lol.


joLin   United States. May 24 2010 04:15. Posts 3818

thanks guys.

and marius, my mom is a typical asian parent, nags me way too much, and is old-fashioned, but shes very smart and can listen to reason =). so im lucky.

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fenner   Australia. May 24 2010 05:16. Posts 2188

poker is fucking terrible for your mental state, there is way too much variance to even know if you're a long term winner, gl


joLin   United States. May 24 2010 05:37. Posts 3818


  On May 24 2010 04:16 fenner wrote:
poker is fucking terrible for your mental state, there is way too much variance to even know if you're a long term winner, gl


thats true. its good though that i have my degree now and no obligations, so if i fail its not the end of the world. it makes it easier knowing that i dont HAVE to win to survive.

and yea i agree that poker can be mentally stressful, but i dont think its much, if at all, worse than the grind of a full time job. that and i think emotional control and the ability to be disconnected from the money is one of the strongest aspects of my game.

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salutary   Australia. May 24 2010 06:05. Posts 362

gl dude!
huge risk (one that i didnt take) but hope it goes well


Mariuslol   Norway. May 24 2010 07:22. Posts 4742


  On May 24 2010 03:15 joLin wrote:
thanks guys.

and marius, my mom is a typical asian parent, nags me way too much, and is old-fashioned, but shes very smart and can listen to reason =). so im lucky.



I lost my mom after she got facebook and msn LOL


GoTuNk   Chile. May 24 2010 07:33. Posts 2860

baller, congrats. Remember to keep doing other stuff to mantain sanity


Liquid`Drone   Norway. May 24 2010 08:38. Posts 3069


  On May 24 2010 02:05 Mariuslol wrote:
The most amazing thing about that was that your mother would listen for 2 hours while you explained something, my mom kinda wonders of and loses me after my first 2-3 sentences lol. And I'm not allowed to use complicated words or talk in English lol.



i remember when i talked to your mom drunk off my mind for like 30 minutes
she was a good listener then

lol POKER 

hhse   Australia. May 24 2010 08:45. Posts 213

good luck!


Babs   Australia. May 24 2010 08:47. Posts 1178

You appear to be a smart individual and will probably be quite successful at poker.

Unfortunately by taking this path you will miss out on valuable life experiences and society loses another intelligent individual to a soulless game that produces nothing for mankind.

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake - Napolean Bonaparte 

Cray0ns   United States. May 24 2010 09:46. Posts 993

have you passed any SOA exams yet?


waga   United Kingdom. May 24 2010 10:53. Posts 2375

I play for a living for 3 months.
It's really great , but you'll have to do other activities to have a social life ^^


 
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