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Farewell for Now

by Daragh Thomas |  Published: Feb 01, 2011


At the start of 2005 I quit my job to play poker. Now, towards the end of 2011 while the rest of the world seems to be heading in the other (unemployed) direction, I’m quitting poker to rejoin the ranks of the full time employed. Why? That’s a good question. 2009 was a strange year for me, poker went well and I was making more money than ever before, mostly due to a series of lifestyle changes I went through. Although I never planned to play poker forever, I had never seriously considered changing profession. Early in the year while playing football in a seemingly innocuous turn, under no pressure, I broke a metatarsal bone in my left foot, putting me on crutches for three months. This coincided with my Dad taking ill with a liver problem. I visited him while on crutches and we laughed at how unlikely it ...

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