It's been almost four years now since I retired from professional poker. I haven't played a single hand of poker since then. I've written a lot about poker, I've coached a lot of poker players, but the game itself is long behind me. So what comes next? Ever since I quit, that question has hung over me. What do I do with my life? As a poker player it was an easy question: just get better. For a pok…
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Diogenes of Sinope was the father of Cynicism, an ancient school of ascetic philosophy. It's easy to talk abstractly though. I like to imagine him: tattered clothes, tangled beard, a scraggly old man. In Athens, Diogenes was known unaffectionately as “the Dog.” He lived in a discarded wine tub, which he kept out in the marketplace. He possessed nothing more than his staff and cloak. He…
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Apr 2014

I am sitting on a porch, and next to me is an old man—grayed hair, sun-beaten skin—rocking back and forth in his chair. That man is me. That is, he's the old man I will one day be. He is looking off in the distance, smiling. Why is he smiling? Because he's lived a full life. I can't even imagine how much more he knows than I do. All of my youthful foolhardiness, the mistakes I'm going…
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Apr 2014

Hey gang, Wanted to feature a really in-depth interview I did on Quoracast with my old friend Jeff Meyerson (also known as Crablar back in the day). We discuss in detail my early poker years, living with Dan “Jungleman12” Cates and Ashton “ASHMAN103″ Griffin, and the infamous Million Dollar Bet. Give it a listen, and subscribe to Quoracast if you enjoy it! Link to part 1 of the i…
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Mar 2014

Today I've edited and cleaned up a post that I wrote many years ago. Back then, I was a solid 3/6 6-max grinder. I was the biggest winner on the PokerStars 6-max games and put in tons of volume, but I could never move up to 5/10. Every time I tried, I'd get smashed and would return to 3/6 to retool my coffers and try again. This was really disheartening, and caused me to take a long, hard look at…
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Jan 2014

I made my final donation yesterday. The $75,000 is now all accounted for. I sent $20,000 to charity: water for building water wells in rural Pakistan, and $15,000 to GiveDirectly (matched by another $15,000 by Good Ventures), which will be distributed through Kenya and Uganda. I'll be updating the original post where I announce I'm starting over with more information and the receipts once I get th…
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[For those of you who don't know what's going on with me right now, read this post first.] Christmas has come and gone. It's never been a big day for me and my family. We don't celebrate Christmas. So mostly Christmas is a day when everything is closed, my friends are busy, and everything is dim and quiet. For me, it's a lonely time of year. Two days before Christmas, my younger brother and I went…
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So I'm starting over. I've decided to give away all of my money. Two years after retiring from poker, I have left about half a million dollars. I'm giving some of it to charity, and the rest to my family to go toward my parents' retirement. I'm leaving myself $10,000 to live off—you know, in case I'm an idiot and everything goes horribly wrong. Oh, and I just finished the book, which I've be…
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It's fall now, and just starting to get cold in Texas. I haven't written in a while. The book, The Philosophy of Poker, I will collate and edit from the pieces written on this blog. I'll release it within the next couple of months as an e-book. There will be extensive editing, some additional material I've thought of in the interim while writing the book, and some revisions of ideas that I've chan…
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Oct 2013

I don't tell people these days that I used to be a professional poker player. It seems like a weighty and cumbersome admission, one that always leads to the same tired conversation. The last time I played a hand of poker was well over a year ago. That life feels like an episode long behind me—an identity I've left behind. And yet sometimes, in my dreams, I find myself playing poker again, mu…
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Dec 2012
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