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How to REBOOT a poker career

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Good Afternoon PocketFives,

I haven't logged in since 2010 and lately, I just can't get the game off my mind. I watched Chino win the 2019 PCA, which was fun to watch. I read Daniel Strelitz's 3-bet and eyes confidently for pocket queens moments before the hole cards were shown and my competitive side kicked in. I started to think back on the old adage of 10,000 hours. It takes 10,000 hours to perfect your craft. I think back on the 7k+ mtts I played online, all of the countless road trips and hours I've spent at the live cash and MTT tables. How the game becomes flash cards at a certain point and it's like riding a bike, you just have to get back on. 

I used to play ss-mid stakes MTTs on Full Tilt Poker under the alias "wilLplaY4mOnies". I was used to keeping a 100 buy in bankroll online and playing 9-12 tables, buy ins ranging 3r to $26 freeze outs to make extra money while I worked my oil and gas job. I was late to the party, but I started taking the game serious in early 2010. With an avg buy in of $20, I was able to make just under 40k by the time Black Friday hit. It's not a lot, but it was a start and I can't help but wonder what I could have become moving up stakes if I would have started playing in 2003.

When the online poker boom crashed in 2011, I started playing live poker on the WSOP circuit. I had some early cashing success and almost won a $1,675 Main Event in New Orleans for 200k in 2012. I was a monster chipleader heading into the final day with 72 players left, but I was unable to close. The PokerNews articles haunt my dreams. I didn't have a 100 buy in bank roll to keep up with the volume of buy ins on the circuit to break out, so I gave up and went back to working oil and gas.

I'm at a point in my career where I just want to do what makes me happy. I was way more energized to jump out of bed in the morning when I was playing online MTTs for a living. I had no problem getting to the gym, fueling up with a meal and sitting in front of my set up for a dozen hours and counting on myself to make money. These days with the oil and gas business crashing, I don't even want to get out of bed and start my day. That's usually a sign it's time to find something else to do, preferably something you are good at. 

The point of this thread is to get advice on how to reboot a poker career. I want to do it on my own but the best chance I have to make that happen is to leave the US and get back to where I started. Playing ss-mid stakes MTTs online.

Honestly, I don't know what the temperature of the state of online poker is and I don't know what kind of profit people are making these days at mid stakes. I would want to stay in North America and would be willing to play those weird hours with the other side of the world, but I don't know if chances of making a living are better by staying in the US and grinding 1/3 2/5 nl and playing the $365's on the live circuit (40-60 online buy ins). I just have no idea where to start, so if I could get some feedback, guidance or support it would be much appreciated!

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