Poker may not be as healthy as ever, but it’s certainly healthy enough. Personally, I’m completely over it for the most part, and wonder every time I open the trunk to my car why I bought that set of poker chips. The allure of poker remains, however, because people see it as an opportunity to make a quick buck. They treat it as a version of the lottery, only they convince themselves they have the skill to increase their odds of winning. There are many people out there who can make their living playing poker, but there are far more who cannot. These are the people that the real pros rely on.
A friend of mine has a friend who quit his job to play poker online. If you saw what this guy put into his play, you’d probably stop playing online for fun. He plays 24 tables at a time. He has computer programs tracking player’s trends, tracking every statistic imaginable. He has a formula that guarantees a certain level of success. He plays it by the numbers, and it works out, but there doesn’t seem to be any glamour in it at all. It seems like a grind to me, and maybe not as bad of a grind as some job you hate, but a grind none the less. The point is, you really have to be dedicated, and love playing to pull this off. You’re not going to plop a hundo down at poker stars, and all of sudden be a millionaire. Not how it works.
In other alternative career news…I was sent a link by BK the other day to a story that chronicles the rise of professional beer pong leagues. It makes sense. Anything that requires a skill like beer pong…you can make a league out of. I just wonder if people will have any interest in watching others play beer pong. Everyone loves to play, but does anyone like to watch. People watch poker because of the high stakes, and they put themselves in the hand. There’s no decision making in Beer Pong. You just have to hit cups. As much as I’d love to win 20 grand playing beer pong, I think it’s a slight tarnish on the purity of the sport. I think a lot of the character has been taken away by this commercialization…some tournaments don’t even use beer…and that, well, that just can’t be good. It’s the Baseketball dillema.
Information regarding Beer Pong for Cash, and the World Series of Beer Pong can be found at www.bpong.com