First and foremost, I want to thank you for the kind words and support I received recently. The calls, email, and comments are very much appreciated. I’ll be sure to return the generosity when I make it big time.

Ok, moving on to more poker stuff. Steve 토토사이트추천of ESPN writes an interesting article about Barry Greenstein, detailing his recent signing of a sponsorship deal with PokerStars. Greenstein has been a cash game specialist for many years and regularly plays in the biggest games at the Bellagio. Once tournament poker became popular due to the internet, WPT broadcasts, and the lipstick camera, Greenstein focused on tournament action as well. But Greenstein is a different kind of player – he decided to donate all of his tournament winnings to charity, thus earning the nickname, “The Robin Hood of Poker.” Besides being a charitable guy in general, Greenstein doesn’t feel fulfilled simply by playing poker.

I can certainly understand where he’s coming from. Being a professional poker has its benefits – flexible schedule, high income potential, ability to work in your underwear at 4 in the morning (sorry about that – picture Clonie Gowen doing that, not me). But it’s the only job that I can think of that contributes absolutely nothing to society. Every other non 9-to-5 contributes something – professional athletes and musicians entertain people, day traders contribute money (albeit temporarily) to companies, hell even drug dealers provide a product to their clientele. But poker players, well, we take money from people and that’s about it. Now don’t infer that I think it’s wrong to do that, I’m just stating that that’s all we do. Everybody at the poker table knows what they’re getting into, and some are going to lose money. Besides, life is short, and I’m enjoying what I’m doing. Actually, I do feel somewhat satisfied that I’m honestly taking people’s money instead of (as I later found out) duping people into giving up their money like at my last job. But that’s beside the point. The point is, with the time flexibility and income potential, poker players should be contributing to society like Greenstein. Like most players, there’s no way I could possibly donate all of my tourney winnings to charity. However, maybe I’ll follow Phil Gordon’s example (he set up the “Bad Beat on Cancer“) and donate 1% of all tourney winnings to charity. Or maybe I’ll start volunteering at a soup kitchen or cutting lawns for the elderly.

Anyway, even though Greenstein is clearly conflicted about being a professional poker player, all players should strive to be more like him, both on and away from the felt.

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