The Ultimate Answer to an Early Retirement

There are very few people on this planet who have the luxury of being able to retire at the age of 20. Of course, being amongst the lucky few to be born into a multi-millionaire family helps, but for most of us this dream is just that; a dream that will never reach fruition, unless perhaps you posses the cunning skills to become a wizard at the game of poker.

This was just the case for immense success story Shaun Deed; a poker player from New York who announced his retirement from the poker tables last year at the ripe old age of 20. Following in his youthful footsteps is another 20 year old Mike “Timex” McDonald. The Canadian tournament specialist and Card Runners instructor also announced his retirement in a blog post last week, lamenting that he needed to live a more balanced life; one consisting of a greater dose of reality and normality than the poker world could afford him. McDonald also pointed out that getting to know people is difficult for serious poker players as their world is so much more different to non-poker enthusiasts. He is reported as saying that his world has become too one dimensional and that he will feel a healthier sense of worth once people get to know him outside of the poker world.

Having read this, most of us mere mortals are banging our heads against the wall asking “Why would such a young successful poker player retire at the peak of his career?” At any stage in one’s life, making huge amounts of money from playing a game seems to prioritize itself over making friends. Motivation for his decision may have had something to do with the $2.6 million in cash he has made since 2006 playing professional tournaments, not to mention the tidy profits he’s earned playing casual online poker. McDonald clarified his intentions by stating that he wouldn’t be retiring entirely from the game of poker, but restricting his involvement to an indulgence or hobby, rather than as a career.

McDonald’s story is not quite as dramatic as Deed’s, if $2.6 million could be seen as anything other than dramatic. Deed, having retired from professional poker, is still one of the most feared and ferocious online poker players and is rated by his peers as “one of the most experienced, and most dangerous tournament players online.” Deed, who can play as many as 30 tables at one time, admits that is takes a lot of practice and that it is advisable for the aspiring poker player to restrict themselves to 2 tables at a time and increase this number as he/she feels comfortable, whilst of course enrusing they scoop up as much rakeback as possible to boost their returns.

So there you have it: if you want to have some sort of control over becoming rich very fast, the lottery is not the answer. Whether you need to hone your poker playing skills, or are already a complete natural at the poker tables; becoming an online poker wizard could find you retiring in your 20s.

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