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Last Day At Work


by hstern  |  Published May 11, 2013


Yesterday, May 10, 2013 was my last day wiorking for a well know high end car dealership company in Dallas, Texas. On May 13, I start my new career as a professional poker player.

Leaving the dealership was tougher than expected. I have a lot of good friends there and whike I was happy to be playing poker, I was also sad to be leaving a place I had spent so much time. I ddn'r expect to be sad, ut I was very much.

I am ready to take my chances on he felt where I consider myself to be an above average 1-2 and 2-5 player at this time. Playing 40 hours a week instead of 40 a month will help my game. I'm not lookkng to get rich like a lot of players, just make a good living and relax.

I have been planning this for a couple of years and was planning to make the move about a year from now. But things happen in life and changes occurr.

The love of my life was diagnoised with Breast Cancer a year ago and and is doing very well. Surgery seems to have taken care of it and we both pray that it stays that way. A few months ago ago, right before I was heading on vacation, chest pains started. A day later I had 3 stents put in to correct major blockage.

These two life events woke me up. You go through life working hard and trying to do the right things. But dreams are a part of life and I wanted to pursue my dream of playing poker for a living. Because you never know what each day will bring, I didn't want anything to happen and never get a chance to fulfill the dream.

So with the help of my wife, Pam, who has backed my dream, I now embark on the journey.


over 1 year ago

Good luck. Keep us posted.

Are you going up to Riverwind to play?


over 1 year ago

I will be playing mainly at Winstar. The funding for this journey will be here in the morning. I plan on starting right after Memorial Day