Want to escape the rat race?

Dear Father Ashley,

I recently stumbled upon your website and it got me inspired. I want to be free of the 40 hour work week grind and it would be fantastic if I could use poker to do it. I think I'm a very skilled player and I'll be coming into extra money here soon, so I'd like to start out. I have a question though...

Are any of the poker services better than others? I have an account on Full Tilt poker now and I've played it some to limited success. However, I suspect that it might be because I've been playing the lowest level of tables. I'd imagine when you start getting up into the higher stakes games, the play becomes less random because people are more likely not to call something and then get lucky.

Is my assessment accurate? Because it seems like on the lower levels I endure an unacceptable amount of bad beats and it's slightly discouraging since I want to take my game to the next level.

Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.

Yours faithfully


Dear Brother Terry,

Yours is a common lament. Our time on this fair planet is short, so why waste more of it than necessary doing something we don't really enjoy? Especially if we can make ends meet doing something we love... Texas Holdem online, for example.

One site is much like another and personal taste is the most important consideration to choose between them. I think your problem is that you're likely playing too low a limit for your skill level. It's naturally frustrating to get outdrawn by idiots calling 'because it's cheap'. Without knowing if you play limit or no limit, I can't really give you any more detail than that.

Certainly the benefit of a bigger starting bankroll should not be underestimated. I have prepared the groundwork for an eBook on the subject of 'Going Pro' and was intending to release it early next year. You're welcome to a copy, at least to see my thinking on this matter.

It sounds like you have your head screwed on the right way. I have never regretted quitting my day job. There's been plenty of hard times, but the benefits more than compensate. Keep in touch and let us know how your lifestyle change progresses!

Father Ashley

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