Today’s youth are very fascinated by the lifestyle of a professional poker player. As it’s about the young men, Washington Post follows them regularly.
In July 2009, Post writer John Kelly followed the young poker pro Jon Urban, an engineer with Black & Decker in Maryland. Kelly detailed the story of Urban. Those days when the U.S. had miserable economic periods, Urban had got a promotion, but he had other dreams to pursue. He turned down the promotion and so the so called spectacular job and moved on to become a professional poker player.
“I’m the age and this is the time to do it,” Urban stated, according to Kelly in that 2009 article. “I’m not married, no kids…Everybody at work was impressed that at least I was trying to live my dream.” “Besides, it’s a lot less stressful,” Urban joked.
Earlier last week, Kelly has updated the story of Urban. Urban, who had a job worth $60,000 earning with his engineering degree and was desperate to have a life of a poker professional, returned to his job. He was appointed on a position inTexasin August 2011 in engineering once again. “Overall, I think it was a success,” Kelly quoted what Urban stated. “I managed to make somewhat of a living.”
According to the Hendon Mob database, Urban won a $500 No Limit tournament in December 2009 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, since then he started dreaming bigger. In 2010, he boosted his bankroll by winning three more big finishes. “I was extremely unlucky,” Urban said to Kelly between October 2010 and July of this year. Urban experimented against his luck earned $53,959 during that experiment period.
Kelly, however, found some detrimental things about as a professional poker player. “I was missing my girlfriend (who has now relocated to Texas with him) and I noticed that I started getting a little arrogant and started losing my discipline,” Kelly quoted what Urban stated. “I was trying different types of moves and plays that I really had no business doing.”
Kelly, for his part, draws attention towards Urban’s college degree and his previous work experience to return to his job in case he fails to pursue his dream. “I got some funny looks (when I said my last job was professional poker player),” Urban asserted, “but I did have Black & Decker behind it, so that definitely helped.”
Kelly emphasizes that it is not only Urban who has found the professional poker life difficult now-a-days, but the two players Josh Arieh and Adam Junglen who had wonderful performances in this year’s World Series of Poker, announced that they have decided to chase their world class professional poker career. There were many other such young men who dreamt of having a professional poker career ended on a low note.
Kelly admires Urban for his determination and sharp skills for the game. “A dinosaur in the poker community,” Urban said to Kelly. “It’s one of those things where I can say I at least tried,” Urban admits to Kelly.