HR Strange But True!
July 01, 2004

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Leaving the Corporate World for the Card Table

Poker may seem like an unlikely reason for increased turnover, but a growing number of people are trying to leave the corporate world and establish a career in playing poker, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Poker has had a meteoric rise in popularity over the last few years. Wider television coverage is one reason for increased interest. Each year, ESPN carries the World Series of Poker (WSOP), which paid its most recent winner $5 million. Other cable channels cover tournaments as well.

In addition, the big paydays are attracting more amateurs trying their hand in poker circuits, according to the newspaper.

The 2004 winner of the WSOP, Greg Raymer, says he has worked his last day as an attorney with Pfizer in Connecticut, the newspaper reports. He plans to parlay his win into endorsement deals and entry into other tournaments.

Individuals who have made the switch say they can make more money playing poker than they could have in regular jobs. However, the professionals say the odds are against newcomers who quit their full-time jobs for the poker world.

"There's lots of people who leave their jobs and take a shot at being a professional, only to go broke and return to their jobs," says Mark Seif.

Seif should know the challenges of the transition. In 2001, he quit his job as general counsel with a company to play poker full time, the newspaper reports.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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