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  1. Hey this is a pretty good topic. I definitely have experience with the subject. I got ranked first way back in 2007 and it was a huge accomplishment. Back then the rankings seemed to matter a lot more to everyone. The online poker scene isn't as niche anymore. A lot of the beginning online poker scene emerged out of 2+2 and pocket5s, when even top ranked players were still in developmental stages, and were posting hand history questions almost daily. Those two sites had so much to do with the language and development of the game. Over the years, and after black friday, it seems like now there is enough accessible information for people to become decent that they don't need to be a part of a message board. Back in the day what we were doing was pretty groundbreaking and it was necessary to be involved in the message boards to understand how to crack the game. (for most perople) It's surprising to me now to see when really successful high stakes players say they started playing in 2009. It is hard for me to fathom them not learning the game the way that I did before 2009. But then I realize that they have probably developed a pretty successful counter strategy. Anyways, for me, I got really fed up with playing poker for a living in about 2009 and 2010, after 2-3 years. I was 21-22 years old, I knew I didn't want to play the game forever, I wanted to be a part of a bigger social scene than online poker (which has some great people, but also lots of whiners and degenerates), and I wanted to hedge myself against the "gambling" aspect. So I went back to school and that gave me everything that I needed, and I only focused on the game off and on since then. I think most other "crushers" went through a similar journey where they found that other things in life made them more happy than winning tournamnets. Also, when you are on the outside looking in you typically only see the highlights, such as jymaster winning 2 huge tournies in one day, or me winning 4 sunday tournaments in one day. You don't see the several monthlong downswing or breakeven stretches that we go through. That stuff weighs on you pretty heavily and makes you want to consider other sources of income.

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