We all like to play games. It's a really cool way of relaxing, plus you can enjoy a little bit of competitive banter and have bragging rights over your opponent should you emerge triumphant from a game of Sorry! with your eight-year-old nephew. For some people though, playing games is a little more serious - because it's they way they make their living.
One such person is Kristen Bicknell, who is a professional online poker player. Kristen was recently profiled in an interview with Fulltilt, one ohe sites at which Kristen plays. In the interview she explained how to her, playing poker is a very serious business indeed.
“I have a 27” iMac,” said Kristen in the interview. “I like to work in a clean and clutter-free environment, which is why I’ve chosen the iMac. There is literally one cord that has to be plugged in.” Kristen went on to explain that to make serious money she has to sometime play on 24 tables at once – although with the advent of Rush Poker, which is a special online-only version of poker where as soon as you are folded at one table, you are automatically moved to a different one thus eliminating the need to hang around, waiting for the deal to play out, Kristen can now make enough by playing at just eight tables. “Typically I play about 200,000 hands a month,” explained Kristen, “I have had a few months where I have played over 400,000 hands.”
Kristen also said she took plenty of exercise and looked after her diet to make sure she stayed sharp and focused – which one would imagine is a strict requirement if you're grinding out an average of around 10,000 poker hands a day. She also admitted though that she resorted to the odd artificial stimulant to get her up and running and her batteries charged at start of each poker-playing day. “I start my day off with what is called ‘Bulletproof Coffee’,” she said. “It is coffee blended with grass fed butter and MCT oil. These healthy fats promote brain function and performance.”
Playing poker professionally does seem to be paying off for Kristen. In the World Series of Poker, she entered a $1,000 ladies-only event and made off with the first prize of $173,922 – not bad 'just' for playing games! If you fancy yourself a bit of poker-sharp, then why not try a few hands yourself. Be wary though, the only way to make serious money at poker is to bet responsibly and play with a sensible and professional attitude, just like Kristen.Add a comment Add a comment