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Minn. newspaper profiles online poker player
This week the Minnesota Star-Tribune helped prove how mainstream poker is becoming by featuring online player Jared "jhub3000" Hubbard.
Hubbard has been playing poker online professionally since January 2007, and became the fourth person to achieve SuperNova Elite status on PokerStars in October. To achieve that status, Hubbard played almost entirely six-man sit-and-goes mostly in the $119 to $565 level, eight to 12 tables at a time.
Over the spread of the year, the hours he put in as a professional player to reach the SuperNova Elite landmark also came out to about 40 hours per week - the same as any other average job.
But playing professional online poker is a fairly unique job that takes a unique skillset, which is what the Star-Tribune focused on in its story about Hubbard.
Hubbard had got his start playing poker with friends while in high school. He started looking at the game more seriously while studying for a degree in business administration at Winona State University in Minnesota.
He found out he was being laid off from his college job, and he started an Excel spreadsheet to calculate his hourly rate and see if he could just play poker as his job.
"I realized I was making more than I would at a normal 'job' so I decided to give it a go," Hubbard said in a PokerStars Blog interview.
By the fall semester of 2006 he was making $100 an hour, according to the Star-Tribune article and in January 2007 he quit school to play full time.
"I love the game, the money and the freedom," he said in the article. "I mean, find me another job where I can enjoy what I'm doing, make around $200 an hour, have the freedom of making my own schedule and take as much time off as I want, whenever I want."
Hubbard's parents even weighed in on his career choice in the article. His dad talked about his disappointment at his son skipping out on his last semester of college, but then Hubbard ended up making more money last year playing poker than he did at his job.
Showing how serious Hubbard actually takes the game as his profession, he was able to provide spreadsheets and statistics displaying his profits to his mom to help convince her he'd made the right career choice.
To get his positive results, Hubbard works about four days a week, getting in 45 hours of play. On a good day, he may be up $11,000, or on a bad day he may lose up to $8,000. Hubbard told the Star-Tribune he is projecting profits of about $250,000 this year.