The games are definitely tougher now. Most players play tight and aggressive these days online.
I play poker for a living. I play what are called 'cash games', which are different from the tournaments you'd see on TV. So I play poker online (and sometimes in Casinos depending where I am, but I hate casino poker- way too slow, although the players are terrible and easier to beat). I mainly play Texas Hold Em but will also play a game called Omaha if there's a big fish in the game.
From playing poker (getting lucky in a few tournaments basically) I also have a Donut store at an airport which I've had for 7 years.
My wife is from the USA (New England) so we travel back and forth a bit to see her family. Just got back from 6 weeks in Hopkinton, MA and Cape Cod actually. We try to coincide our visits to when the playoffs are on obviously
Re the lawyer discussion, I actually went to law school and dropped out.
Very interesting. I played online poker (mostly cash games) religiously from about 17-26 (pre-grad school, which now consumes my life). There were times when that was my sole source of income, but I never played beyond middle-stakes. I'm a pretty emotional person and found the swings to be too difficult to bear, so perhaps grad school is a blessing for that reason (and only that reason!).
Do you have a set-up (e.g., numerous monitors, lazy Susan, etc)? I double-monitored but generally didn't play more than 3-4 tables at a time. Also, the competition was becoming very stiff, especially after some sites were shut down (seemingly in tandem with third-party banking sites being frozen by the gov't). Has the competition gotten even stiffer? And any headway in moving towards legalization & taxation in the US?
The games at the casino are definitely much softer.
Figured as much. Never got into the brick-and-mortar, though. Foxwoods was pretty far and 200+ hands/hour > 15 hands/hour.
"As far as playing, I didn't care who guarded me - red, yellow, black. I just didn't want a white guy guarding me, because it's disrespect to my game."