Slaving Away At Online Poker
from the maybe-he-should-unionize dept
It appears that the online poker bubble keeps growing. However, rather than high school dropout millionaires or startups funded by execs playing online poker, now we’re finding out that playing online poker full time is kind of a drag as a job. Wired has an article looking at a former eBay employee who figured he could make a living playing poker online just as his wife was about to have their second kid. However, it turns out that past performance doesn’t necessarily equal future success in online poker. While the article suggests the guy is doing okay picking on drunk online poker newbies (mixed in with the occasional extra trip to Reno), the actual numbers suggest things aren’t going that well at all. He hasn’t been able to play as much as he expected, and he hasn’t been winning nearly as much as he expected either. His average winnings have dropped 33% since he started playing full-time. That doesn’t exactly seem like a recipe for success. And, oh yeah, let’s not forget that some folks in Congress still believe that just playing online poker deserves five years in jail. Maybe he should start a union and send some lobbyists off to Washington DC.