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I’m pretty sure I thought I could become a poker pro because I had heard about all those students who dropped out of uni to play poker full time. And I was a student! Perfect, how could my plan go wrong. I already had thought about how I was going to break the news to my parents that my degree was pointless as I would soon be raking in fifty gs a week with the extra time I would have to enter a few more tournaments and multi table for a few extra hours a day. Oh come on Mum, this is a serious career choice.

Whilst the story of student making loads of money by playing poker is one covered often, the story of student tries to play poker but then loses everything and develops gambling problem receives slightly less coverage. However I can only imagine that for every success story there are many more sob stories of students losing big trying to get rich quick, these stories of course getting far less coverage. I myself am probably about even in my poker career, having spent little but still won a little bit. So still some way of becoming pro then.

Unlike most casino games poker is a game where knowledge and skill can drastically improve your ability to win, luck does of course still have a large part to play and is why the game is a form of gambling and not just a sport. The large rise in it’s popularity has seen many rank it alongside professional sports, enveloping the top players to the world of celebrity, and dominating the early morning TV schedule. The poker celebrities generally are the louder and more abrasive players on the circuit (or super aggressive), and coincidentally this also means that they would be incredibly annoying to play with and is probably the key to their success.

My current ability is that of not losing too much money in live games with my friends nor online, but to develop I’d probably have to read a book as it seems to be clear that my natural aptitude isn’t quite there. However reading a book about table position and pot odds is not my idea of a night well spent.

Prolific: The best facebook app

Big News! This week whilst trying to concentrate on applications I have set some personal best scores on most of the online games I play. Including a rather hot streak on Facebook’s prolific (think online boggle) that has seen me enter the top 2,000 palyers in the world.  So despite not being where I would like to be with applications I can’t say it hasn’t been productive.

Online gaming has two levels, one for the serious mega gamers who lock themselves in their parent’s basements. The second is for the mild, but time stealing, procrastinators. Whilst the second one is slightly less consuming than the first which has the potential to really take over and ruin people’s lives.

Just in case you did have a bit of time to waste then here are a few of my favourites:

  1. Super Stacker 2
  2. Pillage the Village
  3. Desktop Defender 2
  4. Zombie Cricket
  5. Jumpers for Goalposts

I almost apologise for putting these up because for anyone who clicks them there isn’t a way back. You will be hooked until you finish them all!

I don’t want to say that gaming is a dirty little secret however as many of them help energise the mind, particularly word games such as prolific and help you sharpen up. Much like many of the games on Nintendo Wii and DS are advertised to do.

Now it’s back to the applications… just after one last game of…

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