Play a little online poker, but don’t think you’ll make it to the big time?
These inspiring success stories just might change your mind. They show how through hard work and dedication success is possible - even when the obstacles life throws at you get in the way.
From giving it all up to pursue poker full-time to a surprise win for a 19-year-old, these stories show how with the right mindset some of the world’s best players have beat the odds – at tables both on and offline.
Andrew started playing poker the same way most people do – socially, with friends. After winning fairly consistently, he decided to start playing online.
It was an important learning experience that provided Andrew with a reality check. In his own words, he “got his butt kicked”.
But his passion for poker grew and his skills developed through hard study and persistence. For a time, he was splitting his time between his studies, working a part-time job and playing as much poker online as he could.
It was a major win that changed everything. After making $7,000 in one evening, he decided to give up his job and studies to pursue poker as a full-time career.
His parents didn’t approve, going so far as to throw him out of the house. But Andrew continued to play online.
In 2010 Andrew’s poker career took off when he earned close to $70,000 across seven tournaments. His 2011 winnings alone were in excess of $800,000.