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Becoming a Pro Poker Player? Perhaps it is better playing bingo instead

If you want to play poker to earn a living then it may be the best choice … or not, it actually can also prove to be the most horrible one. Poker can bring the best as well as the worst. Some people asked a question to know about what it is really good to play poker in order to earn a living. The members of a poker community replied with several opinions by describing both the pros and cons of doing so.

Among those opinions one really well summarizes the various aspects of becoming a pro giving a wider view of this profession.

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Poker Prince: Scotty Nguyen

The Prince of Poker, Scotty Nguyen, is known for his World Series of Poker wins, but yet he is also known for so much more. He has won several bracelets, and is one of the top money makers. He has an eventful, and yet a well known career in the spotlight.

Thuan “Scotty” Nguyen was born on October 28, 1962 in Vietnam. He came with his family to the United States of America when he was only fourteen years old. There he began to divulge himself into our culture, and into our games. He was ultimately suspended from school when he was spending more time with underground poker games then he was spending on school. At the age of twenty one Scotty Nguyen went to a dealer school, and was soon employed by Harrahs Poker room. This was when his peak for poker really took place. He made around one hundred and fifty dollars a night in tips and wages, and lost most of it playing three or four dollar stud games. He himself knew he wasn’t very good yet, but he couldn’t stop. In the future he realized that not quitting poker was a good thing.

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Most Eccentric Player: Phil Hellmuth

Phil_HellmuthIf you live on the wild side, and play Texas Hold’Em or even any poker game in general then you probably might have heard of the most eccentric player in the Texas Hold’Em game today, Phil Hellmuth.

Phil Hellmuth has had numerous sightings in the World Series of Poker tournaments. In 1989 he won first place in the Championship even. That might seem an older accomplishment, but it soon led to so many more. In 1992, 1993, and even in 2003 he has taken first place in Limit Hold’Em tournaments. He had a very exciting year in 1993 because he took first place in three different events in which he competed against numerous amounts of people. These events included the Limit Hold’Em tournament, and two wins in No Limit Hold’Em. In the first season of World Series of Poker at the Lucky Chances event Phil Hellmuth placed fourth in the event. This event is against thousands of other competitors so it really is quite an achievement.

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No Home Jerome: Phil Ivey

If you happen to watch poker at all, whether it’s the little tournaments or even the World Series of Poker then you most likely have heard of Phil Ivey. He is currently the number one money maker in poker. He is an excellent poker player who deserves everything that has come to him.

Ivey was born in Riverside, California and moved to Roselle, New Jersey, when he was three months old. Now resides in Las Vegas a city that brought him to the point in his career that he is now. Phil Ivey being one of the best poker players in the world was given the nickname, ‘The Tiger Woods of Poker’, and he also has another nickname, ‘No Home Jerome’. The first one is his more prominent nickname since it describes him at his best.

Although Phil Ivey is the top money maker in poker he uses his money for good reasons. Phil Ivey is a supporter of charities, and is known to donate to a number of charitable causes. In March of 2008 Phil Ivey donated $50,000 to a charity in Las Vegas known as the Empowered 2 Excel. After this donation the charity changed its name to the Budding Ivey Foundation.

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Joe Hachem – Crown Casino in Melbourne

Most of us who have watched the World Series of Poker, or any other poker series online have heard of Joe Hachem, or Diamond Joe. He is a professional poker player who is advanced in his game play. He may not have won that many bracelets along the way, but for sure his results outside tournaments are outstanding.

Joe Hachem was born on March 11, 1966. He is a Lebanese-Australian poker player who was born in Lebanon. At the age of six Joe and his family moved to Australia. Joe worked as a chiropractor for thirteen years until he found out that he has a rare blood disorder that affected his hands which didn’t allow him to continue his work as a chiropractor. Joe Hachem took some time off of work to consider his options on what to do next in his life. While Joe Hachem was trying to decide what he wanted to do with his future he was beginning to play poker more and more. He played both in the casinos, and online as well. While playing poker Joe Hachem had a tendency to get angry which he knew he had to overcome or he was never going to get far in playing poker. He started his looking for what he wanted to do in 1995, and in 2000 after years of playing casual poker in casinos or online he started playing in regular tournaments at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. When Joe played in these tournaments he usually ended up winning the money, or finishing in the money. He played a few more years at these small tournaments before he set his eyes on the prize. The World Series of Poker in the gambling capital Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Mouth: Mike Matusow

Mike Matusow is a professional poker player who does everything he can to win the game, Hence why he has given the nickname of ‘The Mouth’. He is an excellent poker player who has seen the potential in up and coming poker players and has given a hand when he thought they needed one.

Mike Matusow was given the nickname of ‘The Mouth’ due to the fact that he has a reputation for trash talking other players and their hands at the poker table. This generally isn’t considered good table manners, but he does it anyways. On occasion it has sent more than one of his competitors to go on tilt, or just plain act really bad. He also has a way of ruining an hour’s worth of play, or even days, due to a bad judgment call. Mike Matusow also has the nicknames
Of ‘Mike Matusow Blow Up’, and ‘Mike Matusow Meltdown’. These can become obvious if you sit and watch him play.

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