Indeed, there can be no doubt that many of us have entertained the idea of quitting our jobs, turning the Bellagio into our office and playing poker full-time. Sadly, however, most of us are plagued by worries of miserable failure which quickly help to discourage us from taking this dream and making it our reality. The fact that I'm sitting here writing this blog is sufficient evidence that I am among those who have not yet dared to take the plunge.
However, there are those who are willing to risk it all and Pat Poels is one such man. The 37 year old father of three from Mesa, Arizona left his job as a software developer ten months ago to play poker for a living. A decision that seems to have paid off in spades (ok, I admit it, the pun was intended). On Tuesday night, Poels took home the biggest Omaha High-Low Split prize pot to have ever been won, as well as a coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
What's interesting about Poels' decision to quit his job to play poker is the fact that he didn't have to spend a lot of energy trying to convince his wife that he was making the right choice. 'She actually wanted me to become a pro poker player,' Poels said after winning a quarter of a million dollars.
Chances are your wife or partner wouldn't be as enthusiastic about you dropping it all to start a poker career, but the point I'm trying to make here is that your dream can come true. After all, it did for Pat Poels.