I started playing poker in high school. I played for fake money, but the stress was on a pretty high roller level. I got expelled from uni for playing online, so the grind is in my blood.
Worked at Russian Reporter, Metro newspaper and LifeNews (oops, but I left in 2014, so doesn't count). By random but fortunate coincidence I ended up on the editorial staff of GipsyTeam and as of 2019 I work for the best team in the world. By the way, this is my longest lasting relationship with work (yeah, 3 years is a long time).
If you go to the home page and see the odd new piece, it's probably my brainchild, don't swear too much or I'll be sad.
I also once won a trophy at the EPT, so I can boast of a cup, just like the big poker players, but a very small amount of prize money. I haven't played any live tournaments since then, so for me I think I'm past poker.
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GipsyTeam finds out how poker players from their forum find a balance between the game and their personal lives. Or they don’t find it and buy a cat.