Initially, I started small, playing against friends and in small local tournaments. The competitiveness of the game is what got me hooked on the game. It was addicting, staring at an opponent and in a split second deciding whether or not he was bluffing, all the while, he was doing the same to you. Looking at your hand and determining your exact odds of drawing the card you needed on the flop. Everything about the game was mathematical, and that drew me in. Statistics were something that I lived for, and poker exemplified the importance of knowing statistics and being able to manipulate them to your advantage.
My first major event where I took home a respectable prize was at the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour. While it no longer exists, that event was a major learning experience for me, and it helped me become the player that I am today. It taught me what I needed to do in order to be successful and it showed me that only one mistake separated 1st place from 6th place. Poker is a rewarding game, but it is also a game that will punish you if you are not careful. Still, there is no other career that I would rather do. At the end of the day, I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people on the planet. I go to work every day, and I love my job.