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How You Can Become a Professional Gambler

I get an annoying amount of email from people asking me how to gamble like I used to. The truth is that what I used to do isn't profitable anymore. It was a right time, right place sort of scenario. Although I'm not a professional gambler anymore, I have been spending time studying and improving at poker (I'm a break-even or slightly profitable player), and I have friends who are pros. There are surely several different paths you can take to make a living gambling; this is the one that I'm aware of and is feasible for someone of above average intelligence.

Despite offering a rough guide to making money gambling, I don't necessarily recommend that you do so. I gambled professionally for seven years. During that time I made a lot of money and enjoyed my life. One morning I woke up and all of my money was gone. The story behind that is complicated, but the gist is that "they caught on". The strongest emotion I felt was a sense of relief. Gambling is fun, but it's not "big". It doesn't contribute in a meaningful way or leave you with a body of work.

Most casino games have a house advantage ranging from 2-5%, assuming "perfect play". That means that if you play perfectly, you can expect to lose, on average, about 2-5% of the action you put through a machine. Perfect play for slot machines is simply to bet the maximum amount of coins (the jackpot is skewed heavily in favor of maximum coins). For blackjack you need to memorize what to do for every combination of player hands vs. dealer hands, specific to each set of rules (hit on soft 17, resplitting aces, etc).

In the beginning...

On Winning at Losing

Oh Hi!

First blog post, so much pressure!! Where to even begin? I guess I'll give a little info on me and what this blog is starting out as 'cause I'm sure it will change and become something else as time goes on.

So first things first, my name is Lauren, I'm 29 and I live in Ontario, Canada. I am in insurance by day and a celebrity chef by night, ha ha JK :). I actually went to culinary school on scholarship straight out of high school *GASP* 11 years ago!! Why am I not a professional chef you ask? Well, you really have to love it to dedicate your whole life to culinary arts. You're working when almost everyone you know is off of work so it really takes a toll on your social life and that just wouldn't work for me seeing as I'm a social butterfly :) So I had to find something else and went to school for fashion focusing on the business industry and yet I ended up in insurance. Let's just say I'm a Jill of all trades ha ha :)

So this year was a big turning point for me, a lot of things went down at the beginning of this year. I got a promotion at work, I moved into my first home (which I've been waiting for 3 years to be completed) and almost every single one of my friends is either engaged, married, or preggers. I am literally the "last single girl" and that hit me hard. I realized that while I was waiting for my condo to be built I kinda put my life on hold and was just going through the motions. Three years is a LONG time to put your life on hold so now I feel like I'm trying to catch up on lost time. So that means some changes are in order.

I've been overweight for as long as I can remember. When I went into grade 4 I switched schools and that's when the pounds started coming on and it seems like they never stopped. Now being 29 that's 21 years of weight gain so needless to say I'm a big gal. I've always played it off like it's part of my charm and I'm accepting of my appearance, like most people who are overweight. The thing is, I never really think about it much, I guess 'cause I've been this way for as long as I can remember, however I think about it and it starts to bother me when someone else mentions it or a comment is made by a stranger or whatever. I've just recently noticed that I'm turning *GASP AGAIN* 30 this coming June and I'm not as young and resilient as I once was. So now that I have full control over my eating habits and my own time and space to do with what I please I'm starting to take control. The only aspects of my life right now that are concerning me are my weight and my relationship status. However, I think that once I feel better about myself I'll be able to open up to a relationship, you know, as they say "you can't love someone else until you love yourself." So I'm working on the loving myself first.

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