I think you should loan your money to me
I have an LLC that invests in housing and it could go up any day now (actually this is true but not the point). Truth is, no one is really much of a sooth sayer. Most people will tell you to invest in a diverse group of vehicles - stocks, bonds and the like. I say, do what you love and the money will follow. You will only get rich by working at it. The more passive your investments become the more likely they are to fail.
Look to Daddy's laundry or Uncle Franks Pizza Place. There are successful people in your family who worked hard to obtain security. In America we have more opportunity than anywhere else.
Heck, maybe you could open up a website that caters to poker players and build that into your own poker site
. (5-20% rake is not a bad racket).
In any case, good luck to you. The less you look for the easy answers the more likely you are to succeed.