re: Poker & Backing!
I made what I felt like was a "ton" of money backing back in the day. It felt like I made about 25% of what I made from my own game. I'd take 1% of either of those buckets currently over what I have now.
Oh, and for the record, I ONLY did 50/50 splits (cuz I'm not an ash) and I NEVER required makeup, but I realized that some people had such pride that they basically needed me to take what was previously lost so I did.