Any fan of poker, without hesitation, will name a couple of dozen famous players who have been awarded various titles and awards. Their faces constant
Any fan of poker, without hesitation, will name a couple of dozen famous players who have been awarded various titles and awards. Their faces constantly flash on the screen, and the names do not descend from the headings of specialized publications. They take part in major tournaments, often come to popular TV shows, King Billy Australia and generally lead the lifestyle of real stars.
But not all gurus strive for fame and recognition. Many people prefer to stay in the shade, playing at huge rates behind the closed doors of VIP halls . They avoid journalists, do not give interviews and consider playing poker their job.
Such a professional player will be discussed in the article.
Sushi cook making millions on poker.
Yan Chen lives in Orange County, California, in a luxury home for several million dollars. This is an incredible achievement for a person of his origin. Yen was born in a small Chinese town in a very poor family. His father had to work as a janitor. The boy was wearing clothes not even after his brothers, like most of his peers, but after his sisters too.
Chen successfully graduated from high school, learned to be a sushi chef, went to live in the USA and received a degree in political science. For some time, he even studied at the prestigious Columbia Law School.
Currently, Ian is not working in his specialty. He gave preference to another occupation, which gives him true pleasure and brings a solid income. Chen plays poker professionally.
Yan Chen: To become a good professional player, you must use everything that you have been taught at school: math, psychology, human behavior, self-control, even compassion. Because you have to understand how your opponent thinks.
He spends online two-thirds of his time, sitting in front of a computer in his home office. Often, he plays at two or three tables at the same time, without specifically choosing opponents.
Chen does not play tournaments, does not attend major poker events, and does not participate in specialized events.
Yan Chen: I do not play for recognition. I do not play for respect. I do not play to become a poker star. In fact, playing for money is better for my lifestyle. I do not need to travel. So I play for money. Only for money – that’s the point. I play for money to provide for my children.
Yen’s priority is a real money game offline. He regularly plays poker at Commerce Casino in southern California. Chen is a regular in the local VIP-hall, where the standard buy-in is equal to fifteen thousand dollars, but many visitors immediately buy chips for much larger amounts.
Nevertheless, we note that Ian occasionally participates in tournaments, and very successfully. He has won several major competitions, and his name is well known in the world of professional poker.
Pros and Cons of Professional Poker
The player’s life is by no means an eternal holiday. Moreover, luck is not always favorable to them, and competitors do not sleep. Even the best poker masters do not always remain in the black.
Yan Chen: Last week I lost a quarter of a million dollars. Actually, last week I lost quite a lot every day. But I have to put up with it. I play poker at high stakes. Potential rewards and potential losses are colossal. Yesterday was one of the typical days. First I lost $ 65,000, and then I won $ 133,000.
Carol, Chen’s wife, is used to it:
You can’t get anywhere from this. Sometimes he says that he lost. We need to somehow experience such major losses as last night. Sometimes I feel … Not to say that this is depression, but I want him to return the money. He is constantly under pressure, so I have to be patient. I think I love him very much. I told him that if one day he becomes very poor, I will stay with him.
How about gambling addiction?
Chen can play poker days and nights. His personal record is ninety hours at the table. Colleagues even called him “Marathon Man” (Marathon Man). But Ian does not consider himself a ludoman and denies even hints of gambling addiction.
Yan Chen: I can quit at any moment. Sure, I love poker, but I’m not addicted. I can leave poker whenever I want.
However, Chen admits that the game of poker has an impact on the human psyche and forever changes it.
You play the game, but the ultimate goal, in reality, is to win money. When you win, someone else loses. If you do this day after day, in fact, you stop sympathizing with people. When I reached a certain level of financial stability, I began to look back at the past and realized that money was not everything. Of course I’m working on it.
It is impossible to play poker at the highest level without learning how to bluff and mislead opponents. Ian is fluent in this art, but claims to hate lies and tries to be as honest as possible in everyday life.
In addition, Chen admits that he does not like gambling in general. He never plays unless mathematics is on his side. Extremely prudent approach to poker gives him the opportunity to succeed in the long run.
Do you agree with what Yen Chen says about professional poker?
Author: Serg Dum
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